ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND SUSTAINABILITY
|Academic year||2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years|
|Official course title||SERVIZI ECOSISTEMICI E SOSTENIBILITÀ|
|Course code||CM0569 (AF:336674 AR:177488)|
|Modality||On campus classes|
|Degree level||Master's Degree Programme (DM270)|
|Educational sector code||BIO/07|
|Spazio Moodle||Link allo spazio del corso|
The ecosystem services are defined as the contribution of ecosystem structure and functioning to human well-being. The ecosystem services allow us to analyze the relationships between human society and natural environment, rising the human dependence from the nature; their supply depend on the state of the system, a degradation of which is expected to reflect in a decrease of the human benefits. Within this context, the ecosystems services could be considered a useful tool for assessing on one side the dependence of our society from natural ecosystems, on the other their health and the functioning.
Moving from the Ecosystem Services concept, the attention will be focused on those ecological processes which determining the ecosystem functioning, are expected to directly affect the services supply. Subsequently, it will be possible to define the renewable resource concept and describe the key issues about the exploitation process.
The ecological disturbance concept and its main features will be used to analyze the procedure of the impact assessment within a context of the renewable resource exploitation. The Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) approach will be discussed, taking into consideration legislation, criticalities and main gaps. In particular, the Ecosystem Approach, the Maritime Spatial Planning and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, recently implemented by EU, will be assumed as the basis for the management planning.
This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Natural capital and environmental quality" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development