Ecosystem Services
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Course title in Estonian
Course title in English
Ecosystem Services
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To support the establishment of integrated knowledge-base on ecosystem-based approach and ecosystem services concept. To create preconditions for individuals for finding relationships between the balanced consumption of natural resources and general human- and economical development. To support the general understanding of the concept of ecosystem services by using practical exercises and individual work. To develop creativeness, help to improve critical and systematic thinking, induce individuals into finding solutions and developing cooperation skills.
Brief description of the course
Ecosystem based approach, human and ecosystem
Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Ecosystem services (supporting services, provisioning services, regulating services, cultural services)
Environmental economics
Application and risk of ecosystem services
Protection of ecosystems and social processes
Economic growth vs. environment protection, product life cycle and ecological footprint (water, carbon)
Natural resource management
Environmental taxes (pollution taxes and resource taxes) and ecological taxation.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- is able to see the ecosystem as a whole;
- has an understanding of the ecosystem services, its categories and examples;
- is able to explain the general idea of ecosystem services and the need for ecosystem services;
- has a general overview of modern approach to the ecosystem services and acknowledges the importance of the concept in every days life;
- is able to identify the essence of the ecosystem services;
- is able to make ecologically and economically balanced choices;
- is able to realize the extent of ecosystem services surrounding us;
- understands and acknowledges the need for ecological taxation;
- is able to find and critically analyse new information and associate it with previous knowledge.
PhD Jaanus Terasmaa