University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
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.
This course 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 multiple users and uses of nature.
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 uses 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 learning environment involves participatory learning and student centred approaches and tools, including presentations, field trips, group discussions, debates, mapping analysis and ESS-assessment software. The organisers offer a stimulating environment for participants to consider the utility of natural capital and ESS within the context of their own professional domains.
Course Director and Teaching Team
This course has been developed by Dr Sarah Park, Dr Nicole Gross-Camp and Dr Simon Attwood, who utilise an ecosystem service lens to help balance resource use and conservation needs. They have vast experience in applying the concept in a participatory manner in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders in both developed and developing country contexts. Most recently their work has focused on using ESS to explore sustainable intensification of agriculture for food security and adaptation to climate change. Specialist contributions to the course are provided by senior lecturers and practitioners from the School of International Development and Environmental Sciences (UEA), Stockholm Resilience Center, Bioversity International CGIAR and Natural England.
This course 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 multiple users and uses of natural resources and natural capital.
£1,850 which is inclusive of all tuition, lunches Monday to Friday and refreshments.