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Terrestrial Ecosystem Management

Code: 
BIOL-405
Semester: 
Winter Semester
Course type: 
Selection
Course units: 
3
ECTS units: 
4

Hours per week

Theory: 
3

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Description

Objectives of the course (preferably expressed in terms of learning outcomes and competences):  Adequate knowledge and understanding of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Management seen in the social context.
Course contents: Concepts and terminology. Environmental Ethics. Ecosystem management in the social context. Scientific basis of ecosystem management. Development and Environment. Environmental policy. International Conventions. Environmental Law, Ecological Risk Assessment. The concept of sustainability. Indicators of sustainability. In situ and ex situ conservation. Population management. Habitat management. Atmospheric pollution and climate change. Soil pollution. Ecological restoration. Monitoring of environmental changes. Mapping of natural environment, ecosystems and vegetation. Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Protected areas. NATURA 2000. Local communities. International experience on the management of protected areas.

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The Department of Biology of the University of Crete was established in 1981 and is today an internationally recognized center for contemporary university education and research in the field of Biology.

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