Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Development Short Course-University of East Anglia, Norwich

Event Date: 
11 Sep 2017 - 10:00 to 16 Sep 2017 - 17:00
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Course title: Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Development Short Course

Location: Univeristy of East Anglia

Cost:  £1,850 – includes all tuition, daily lunches and refreshments.

Early bird discount until 15 July - quote EBCC to bring the fee down to £1600. 

The School of International Development at UEA is offering this course from 11-16 September 2017. It is designed for practitioners working in government institutions, NGOs, international agencies and private sector with an interest in identifying, appraising and managing the synergies and trade-offs among mulitple users and uses of nature.

Sustainable management of natural capital underpins human development and well-being. Ecosystem services provide a conceptual framing to help identify and manage synergies and trade-offs in the natural capital, natural resource management, food security and biodiversity conservation domains. We begin by examining how natural resources and biodiversity are increasingly being referred to as natural capital. We look at the evolution of natural capital and ecosystem service (ESS) thinking, categories of ESS, case study examples, the advantages of an ESS approach, and critiques of using a utilitarian approach to nature. The course is particularly useful for those looking to refresh their knowledge or have new responsibility or interest in integrating a natural capital and ESS approach into disciplines as diverse as NRM, agriculture, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. The course is particularly for those with a focus on informing decision-making and policy through evidence. It is also of interest to practitioners looking to understand interactions between natural capital, ESS and major global targets, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The course has been developed by Sarah Park (new TAA member), Nichole Gross-Camp and Simon Attwood.

Course includes the following six modules:

Module 1 Introduction to ecosystem services (ESS)
Module 2 Critical appraisal of the ESS concept
Module 3 ESS for decision-making
Module 4 Evaluating and monetising ESS
Module 5 Payments for ESS at different scales
Module 6 Appraising ESS in different contexts.
– Practical application of ESS through 4 fieldtrips to local development and conservation sites, enabling the development of practical skills in identifying and evaluating ESS.
– Application to the management of different ecosystems – aquatic systems; agricultural landscapes; urban development; riverine conservation.
– Exploration of the evolution of natural capital and ESS, definitions and frameworks.
– Participants leave the course having developed a critical appraisal of the use of ESS in their own work/study context and an understand of how the concept can be used in decision-making.
– Case studies in developing and developed countries: Rwanda, South Africa; Namibia; Costa Rica; Zambia; Tanzania; UK; Australia.
– Explore and debate utilitarian and intrinsic critiques of valuing nature using an ESS lens, drawing on perspectives from sustainable development, conservation, ecology, anthropology and philosophy.
– Hands-on practical sessions in evaluating and monetarising ESS through GIS mapping, photovoice, and futures scenarios to identify and manage tradeoffs and synergies, and winners and losers of natural resource management.
– Explore the application of ESS to consider issues relating to human well-being, environmental justice, equity, gender, nutrition, climate change impact and adaptation, meeting global targets on human development (i.e. SDGs), and biodiversity conservation (i.e. Aichi Biodiversity targets).
– Consider how ESS has been incorporated into incentivisation schemes.

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