Ecosystem Management and Conservation

NRM N5140 Ecosystem Management and Conservation
Exam Code 5140
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Summer
Module Coordination Dr. Udo Nehren
Lecturers Dr. Udo Nehren, Dr. Claudia Raedig, Simone Sandholz
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites Module Management of Natural Resources Systems
Intended Learning Outcome Students are able to develop a research proposal using the technical knowledge provided in the field of ecosystem services, biodiversity and conservation in order to be prepared for the participation in and the design of a transdisciplinary, international research project.
Content Block 1: Ecosystems: their values and uses

  • Ecosystem functions, goods and services
  • The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Ecosystems and human well-being
  • Quantifying ecosystem services (provisioning services, regulating services, cultural services)
  • Case studies

Block 2: Biodiversity

  • Biodiversity and its value
  • Biodiversity loss as a global problem
  • The problem of invasive species
  • Traditional knowledge and biodiversity
  • Biodiversity in cultural landscapes
  • Biodiversity and climate change
  • Measuring biodiversity, species distribution modelling
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Sustainable use and benefit sharing of biological diversity
  • Biodiversity in different eco-zones: case studies

Block 3: Ecosystem management

  • Concepts, approaches and applications of ecosystem management and nature conservation
  • Nature conservation strategies
  • Community-based ecosystem management
  • Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Reducing Emissions from Forest Degradation and Deforestation (REDD+)
  • Ecotourism
  • Case studies

Block 4: Conservation of natural and cultural landscapes

  • Concepts, their evolving and transformation
  • UNESCO instruments: world heritage sites, Man and Biosphere program
  • Cultural landscape concept
  • Combining management of cultural and natural heritage
  • Conservation strategies and instruments (including protected areas, biosphere reserves, world heritage sites)
  • Case studies
Teaching Method Lectures, field trip, computer lab, group work with presentation
Assesment Method Report 100%
Recommended Reading

Alexander, M. (2009): Management Planning for Nature Conservation – A Theoretical Basis & Practical Guide, SpringerBegon, M., C.A. Townsend, J.L. Harper (2005): Ecology – from individuals to ecosystems, 5th ed., Wiley & Sons

Fowler, J.P. (2003) : World Heritage Cultural Landscapes 1992-2002, World Heritage Papers 6, UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Hall, A. (2012) Forest and Climate change – the social dimension in REDD in Latin America. Edward Elgar Publ. limited.

Lovejoy, Th. & L. Hannah (2004): Climate change and biodiversity, Yale University Press

MacArthur, R.H. & E.O. Wilson (2001): The Theory of Island Biogeography, Princeton Landmarks in Biology

Odum, E., G.W. Barrett (2004): Fundamentals of Ecology, 5th ed., Brooks Cole

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) (

UNEP (2009): Mainstreaming Poverty-Environment Linkages into Development Planning: A Handbook for Practitioners (

UN-Habitat (2008): State of the World’s Cities 2008/2009 – Harmonious Cities, Earthscan

Wilson, E.O. (1988): Biodiversity, National Academic Press

Van Dyke, F. (2002): Conservation Biology – Foundations, Concepts, Applications, Springer

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