Course detail

LCF5800 - Ecosystem Services

Credit hours

In-class work
per week
per week
6 weeks
120 hours

Paulo Guilherme Molin
Pedro Henrique Santin Brancalion
Ricardo Augusto Gorne Viani

To advance the knowledge on ecosystem services and payments for environmental services and to develop in students the hability for critical and scientific interpretation on the topic. To train students to conduct research related to the assessment and quantification of ecosystem services in natural and implanted ecosystems, especially in conserved forests or in those in the process of restoration.

Ecosystem services: definition and classification. Quantification and valuation of ecosystem services in natural and implemented ecosystems, especially in conserved or under restoration forests. Environmental services and payment for environmental services (PES) in the water, carbon and biodiversity categories. Current topics, bottlenecks and challenges to the research with ecosystem services and to the implementation of PES projects and public policies.

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