71st UN Environment/UNESCO/BMUB International Short Course on Ecosystem Management –Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services
This short course will train participants in important concepts and methods relevant to the interrelationship between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services as well as in different approaches of defining and categorizing them. Participants will be familiar with important concepts and methods in the field of biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services research and governance. The combination of participatory methods, expert knowledge and methods to design, implement and monitor sound management strategies at different scales are presented in this short course to provide the necessary tools to approach the impacts of biodiversity loss in the context of ecosystems and the services they provide. The participants will be introduced to state-of-the-art ecological theory and learn to apply this knowledge within a socio-economic framework. Our International Steering Committee selects the 21 participants of this course by June 2017. Participants stay in our comfortable private studio apartments and receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Flights, health insurance etc. will be provided. Our course office provides further manifold assistance. Participants successfully completing this course will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services.