University of Stellenbosch Business School
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
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About the course
In the face of global change and natural resource depletion, it has become imperative to understand the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services such as freshwater, crop production, grazing, and climate regulation, which underpin the economy and wellbeing of different groups in society.
However, biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being are all multidimensional issues characterised by complex interactions.
The course discusses the 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 in society.
When attending this short course at the Sustainability Institute, the entire space is part of the learning experience. Come and learn in an environment that is engaging and mindful, where discussions can be enjoyed with a diversity of people, creativity be renewed through immersion, where we learn with nature in mind and ensure just futures are sustained through generative thinking. The course:
- Discusses the possible tipping points that could trigger large, abrupt, nonlinear changes in ecosystems and society
- Discusses threats to critical ecosystem services that support human well-being, especially amongst vulnerable groups in society.
Who should attend
The course is ideal for postgraduate students and practitioners seeking to learn more about the sensitive balance between ecosystems and society, and how to maintain and enhance the balance.