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Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences

Graduate Program (M.Sc.) - Global Change Ecology

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Seminar: Economics of Global Environmental Change (GCE:C4a) (74041)

SS 2018
2018-04-19 (one day), S 108 FAN D; 2018-05-04-2018-05-05 (several days), erster Termin S40 (RW II) dann S 21 (GEO)

Heidi Wittmer, Johannes Förster

Block course, 2 ECTS

Thursday 19.04.2018; 14:15- 18:00; Room S108
Thursday 03.05.2018; starting at 14:00; Room S40
Friday 04.05.2018; all day; Room S21
Saturday 05.05.2018; until 13:00; Room S21

Learning Objective (Module C4): The aim of the module is to lead students into the economic and political dimensions of global change. Global environmental change confronts societies with problems (e.g. loss of biodiversity, desertification, climate change or soil erosion) that can create considerable costs for society at large. Political solutions are needed to deal with conflicting interests.  Environmental governance encompasses a variety of different approaches of social regulation from international treaties across borders to informal networks or market-based competition. 

 Course Content: The seminar “Economics of Global Environmental Change” addresses important studies on the topics with a focus on climate change (e.g. the Stern Review), loss of biodiversity (e.g. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity TEEB), or land degradation (e.g. The Economics of Land Degradation ELD). Apart from their significance for politics and research, the focus is on the methodological and economic assessments and economic instruments of environmental policy.

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