Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services
In the face of global change and natural resource depletion, 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. However, biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being are all multidimensional issues characterized by complex interactions.
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 dependence on nature. 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 in society.
Postgraduate students and practitioners seeking to learn more about the sensitive balance between ecosystems and society, and how to maintain and enhance the balance.