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