Ecosystem Management

Course Code :2103MDOESB
Study domain:Environmental Science
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:1st semester
Contact hours:15
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Patrick Meire
Stefan Van Damme

3. Course contents *

This course explains why biodiversity is degrading and it provides an overview of the various scientific backgrounds for ecological management.

After an elucidation of the concept of biodiversity, the course considers various reasons for biodiversity degradation. A general picture is painted of the global environmental issue and of such specific topics as the ecological effects of habitat loss, acidification, fragmentation and eutrofication. Other aspects dealt with include island biogeography, landscape ecology, vegetation ecology, etc.

Subsequently, various methods of nature management are discussed and placed in a broader national and international context. Relevant legislation is also considered. Finally, the concept of ecosystem management is discussed at greater length.