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Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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Description

In this course, a variety of biodiversity and ecosystem service frameworks will be introduced and discussed in light of how they help us understand our connection with and dependance on nature.

What does it cover

In the face of global change and natural resource depletation, it has become an imperative to understand the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services such as freshwater, crop production, grazing, and climate regulation, which underpin the economy and well-being of different groups in society.

The course will also discuss possible tipping points that could trigger large, abrupt, nonlinear changes in ecosystems and society which might threaten critical ecosystem services that support human well-being , especially amongst vulnerable groups

Who should attend

Postgraduate students and practitioners seeking to learn more about the sensitive balance between ecosystems and society, and how to maintain and enhance the balance.

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