The course will be an in-depth introduction to the conservation and management or marine ecosystems. The technical-scientific state of the art and the general principles underlying modern policies of conservation and management of the marine environment will be explored, to better understand examples of management-conservation issues met in practice which will be illustrated during the course.
Among the main topics of this course, there are human pressures on the sea and their impacts on marine ecosystems, the connection between policies on marine conservation and management – in particular those of the European Union – and the state of the art of scientific knowledge on the sea, the importance of taking an Ecosystem Approach for an effective and sustainable conservation, and the applicability of management-conservation tools such as for example Marine Protected Areas, stakeholder engagement, and modelling. The core idea of the course is to integrate the illustration of theory and general principles with real examples of conservation and management.
Teaching modalities will include lectures, group works, computer exercises and, also, field visits to concrete examples of conservation actions near Chioggia, for example in the Venice Lagoon or in the Adriatic coastal area.
The course will have two teachers, prof. Alberto Barausse and a teacher to be defined.
For the full course content, please see the Syllabus