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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.
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.