ESA-31306 Integrated Ecosystem Assessment in Regional Management


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work8
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. LG Hein
Lecturer(s)ir. ME Lof
S le Clech
dr. J Verboom
MSc C Duku
I Havinga
SE Nuñez Ramos
dr. K Kok
prof. dr. R Leemans
Examiner(s)prof. dr. LG Hein

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ESA-22806 Environmental Systems Analysis: Methods and Applications or ESA-23306 Introduction to Global Change.


In regional environmental management many, often conflicting, interests have to be taken into account. In this process the importance of ecosystems and ecosystem services are often neglected. For balanced decision-making, it is necessary to analyse the impacts of human interventions in a given ecosystem or region in an integrated way, taking due account of all main ecosystem services, the economic, social, institutional and ecological context, and stakeholders’ interests and perceptions. The course starts with an introduction of a regional environmental management framework, concepts and tools with special emphasis on ecosystem services and natural capital accounting. Students will practice with these tools in case studies and apply them to selected regional environmental management issues.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course the students are expected to be able to:
- explain, critically discuss and apply the main
regional environmental management tools;
- understand the different approaches to map and value ecosystem services and natural capital and apply this information in trade-off analysis
- understand and apply basic models that can be used in support of regional environmental management and describe the importance of uncertainties;
- identify, understand and assess stakeholder perspectives in regional environmental management;
- understand how main institutional and financing instruments for ecosystem services can be applied to improve regional environmental management;
- apply regional environmental management tools within a multidisciplinary project team.


Self-work from students is expected during various tutorials offering the opportunity to practice with tools such as ecosystem service analysis, mapping and valuation, and stakeholder involvement in trade-off analysis. Students will apply these tools in a case study in which they develop and analyse different regional environmental management scenarios which will be presented at the end of the course.


Based on:
- written exam with open questions (75%);
- and case study results (25%).


A course guide and reading material is available through MyPortal.

Keuze voor: MESEnvironmental SciencesMScD: Spec. D - Human-Environmental Systems5MO
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc5MO
MCLClimate StudiesMScD: Spec. D - Human-Environment Interactions5MO