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Course description
  ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT AND RESTORATION

Competencies and objectives

 

Course context for academic year 2019-20

From an economic and social perspective, the ecosystem degradation has received increased attention of national and international organizations. One of the most frequently cited priorities in this area has been the restoration of those ecosystems that have achieved high levels of degradation. For example, the Biodiversity Strategy 2020 launched by the EC supports the restoration of 15% of degraded ecosystems in Europe. Ecological restoration is not only to avoid the costs caused by degradation (in terms of lost productivity, resource depletion, natural disasters, etc..) but also to increase the benefits of conservation. Well preserved areas are increasingly perceived favorably by society. Maintaining and increasing vegetation cover are, for all that, more than justified.

The Valencian Community has invested huge amounts of effort and resources to restore degraded areas. Future prospects involve the continuity of these tasks, as well as modifications to the techniques traditionally employed. These developments demand new technology and labor. Moreover, new paradigms in ecological restoration favor the use of native species, and traditional techniques with low environmental impact, contributing to the revival of traditional culture.

Moreover, it is now commonplace the need to develop the multiple uses of ecosystems in a sustainable way. Although the course focuses on the recovery of vegetation cover, the agenda includes a wide range of possibilities within restoration. Society, as ecosystems, undergoes constant change, and it is necessary that new professionals adapt to future needs. The course aims to give an overview of the multiplicity of problems and ways to solve them, as well as enhance student's ability to design alternatives to future problems.

Ecological restoration is currently one of the most active areas of ecology. In part, this is due to its potential for synthesizing and applying ecological knowledge. As frequently mentioned, restoration is the great challenge of ecology.

 

 

Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

Specific Competences:>>Theoretical

  • CE1 : Acquire the fundamentals of biological terminology, nomenclature, conventions and units.
  • CE23 : Analyse the components of the physical environment: hydric, atmospheric and terrestrial and their relationship with the biotic environment.
  • CE24 : Acquire the basic knowledge to analyse the structure and dynamics of populations.
  • CE25 : Relate the different interactions between species in the working of ecosystems.
  • CE26 : Acquire the basic knowledge to analyse the structure and dynamics of communities.
  • CE27 : Relate the flows of energy and the biogeochemical cycles in the working of ecosystems.
  • CE28 : Acquire the knowledge needed to design and execute biology projects.
  • CE9 : Identify organisms and interpret the diversity of species in the environment, as well as their origin, evolution and behaviour.

 

Specific Competences:>> Ability

  • CE29 : Show knowledge and understanding of the essential facts, concepts, principles and theories related to the areas of Biology.
  • CE30 : Interpret, evaluate, process and synthesis Biological data and information.
  • CE31 : Recognise and implement good scientific practices for measurement and experimentation.
  • CE32 : Safe handling: biological material, reagents, instruments and devices used in Biology.
  • CE36 : Prepare, present and defend scientific and technical reports both in writing and orally to an audience.
  • CE37 : Ability to find, analyse, understand and write scientific and technical texts.
  • CE39 : Recognise and evaluate biological processes in daily life.
  • CE41 : Acquire the ability to direct, advise, design and execute biological process projects and studies.
  • CE43 : Catalogue, evaluate and manage natural resources.
  • CE44 : Carry out Biological services and processes.
  • CE47 : Characterise, manage, conserve and restore populations, communities and ecosystems.
  • CE48 : Evaluate environmental impact.

 

 

 

Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2019-20

1. To learn how to apply the basics of ecology in the management and restoration of ecosystems.

2. Correctly apply the techniques to analyse species, populations, communities and ecosystems to improve the sustainability of their management

3. Understand environmental problems causing ecosystem degradation, and acquire the ability to develop viable proposals to restore and retrieve degraded areas.

4. Acquire writing and presentation skills related to management plans, and technical and scientific reports in the field of environmental restoration and ecosystem management.

 

 

General

Code: 26555
Lecturer responsible:
CORTINA I SEGARRA, JORDI
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 0,76
Practical credits: 1,64
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

  • Dept: ECOLOGY
    Area: ECOLOGY
    Theoretical credits: 0,76
    Practical credits: 1,64
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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