Ecosystem services: Land use, water and waste management

Ecosystem services: Land use, water and waste management


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An in-depth look at what nature provides, and how precious resources can be protected and preserved.

Often overlooked or taken for granted, the services that nature provides are essential for human survival. Explore the links between the ‘human-made’ and the ‘natural’ world, looking at how and where human systems interact with and rely on natural ecosystems, how these have been damaged and degraded by our activities, and what we can do to help rebuild and repair.

Key information

  • Duration: six days
  • Upcoming dates: please see booking section below for all available dates
  • Start and finish times: starts at 6pm and ends at 2pm on the last day
  • Fees: waged £750; low waged / concessions £700
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation
  • What to bring: as this is a highly practical course, safety boots are required and waterproof clothing is recommended

What you will learn

For this course you will be joining students on CAT’s MSc Sustainability and Adaptation course as you explore the functions of ecosystems: what they are, how they work and what they do.

Ecosystems are the hidden and often forgotten structures that underpin human existence and modern civilisations.

You will learn the roles of ecosystems in providing human needs, regulating our environment and provisioning our societies.

Lectures will cover descriptive, conceptual and technical accounts of ecosystem processes and the links between those processes and the provision of food and resources, as well as the services they provide for society such as cleaning our water and treating our wastes, and importantly, how we can use them and support their continued existence in unadulterated state.

Lecture topics include:

  • Ecosystem services
  • Resources and resource management
  • Flooding and drainage
  • Water and waste water
  • Sewage management
  • Food security
  • Gaia and the selfish gene
  • Liberation Ecology
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Water security issues
  • Contaminated land
  • Biomimetics and bioremediation

As well as lectures, the issues will be explored further in seminars and practical sessions.

Meet your tutors

You will be taught by a range of lecturers and guest lecturers from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment.

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