Conservation and society

Course Code :2001WETCAS
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:5
Study load (hours):140
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:English
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Ruurd van Diggelen
Ladislav Miko

3. Course contents *

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Main features of the debate on the importance of the concept of sustainability, history of the concept of sustainability, concept of natural capital, ecological resilience, special concepts ("environmental utilization space","ecological footprints"), formation of indicators, case studies, political strategies of sustainability (global, EU, NW Europe)

 

 

Create an understanding of the special character of philosophical and ethical forms of reasoning. The focus is on the debate on a potential intrinsic value of natural entities (anthropo­centrism-physiocentrism, indigeneous property rights, decision-makers vs. beneficiaries).

 

 

Economic valuation (direct-use vs. non-direct-use values, value of global ecosystem services), Ecological valuation (ecological footprint, ecosystem health); emission trading, theory of public goods

 

 

Concepts of nature (wilderness, arcadian, functional concept), species, ecosystem functions, ecosystem services

 

 

Reference ecosystems (historical, modern), functional targets, ecosystem services to society targets, who decides at what level

 

 

Indicators, criteria

 

 

Overview of important policies (global, EU, NW Europe), international treaties, legal aspects/laws

 

Exercises:

 

-        Student presentations on selected subjects

 

-        Role plays

 

-        Writing of essays on selected subjects