TIME: August 22nd – August 28th, 2016

VENUE: Kristianstad, Sweden

ORGANIZER: SWEDESD, Uppsala University


This course is divided into seven (one day) modules:
1. Social learning for improved management of ecosystem services
2. Innovative water governance
3. Flood management & climate change
4. Water quality & biodiversity
5. Policy instruments and the ecosystem service concept
6. Socio-economic instruments
7. Evaluating trade-offs in ecosystem services

In the course, the social learning methodology is introduced as a method to stimulate the development of innovative governance approaches, using the ecosystem services concept as one of the starting points. The course focus on challenges related to flood management, water quality, biodiversity etc. in the context of a changing climate in the Baltic Sea Region. Another important feature of the course is to present different tools, such as models, policy and socio-economic instruments to generate relevant and science-based information on ecosystem service flows, distribution and values. This course also provides exercises and discussions on how to effectively summarize and communicate outputs of a social learning process to other stakeholders and audiences.

This course is intended for PhD students studying e.g. innovative water management approaches, valuation of ecosystem services, or developing new methods and models for innovative governance of ecosystems. It is also relevant for those interested in innovative water management approaches to influence decisions in e.g. governments, development institutions, private and finance sectors, and NGOs. The target audiences for this course are in priority order: PhD students from the partners participating in the Miracle project, PhD students from other universities funded by the BONUS Programme, other PhD students from universities around the Baltic Sea Region, and PhD students from all over the world. It is envisaged that maximum 20 students will participate.

There are no specified prerequisites for this course, though it is expected that participants are studying on the PhD level in an area that is relevant to the course content. Specific skills that are expected from the participants are:
• General knowledge about Natural Resources Management (including water quality and flood management);
• Basic understanding of the Water Governance concept.

Teacher & Lead Facilitator Prof. Neil Powell (SWEDESD, Uppsala Univeristy, SE)
Teacher & Course Promotor Dr Andrzej Tonderski (POMInnO, PL)
Teacher Prof. Ray Ison (Open University, UK) (tbc)
Teacher Dr René Capell (SMHI, SE)
Teacher Dr Gerald Schwarz (TI, DE)
Teacher Ass. Prof. Karin Tonderski (LiU, SE)
Teacher Dr Søren Marcus Pedersen (UC, DK)

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