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Balancing ecological and social elements in the spatial design of environmental policy (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Felipe Benra

wöchentlich | Freitag | 08:15 - 11:45 | 02.04.2024 - 05.07.2024 | C 11.320 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Providing solutions to environmental and social issues is a common target of environmental policy. However, environmental and social issues are often assessed separately, generating unbalanced policy outcomes. An example, is a policy that considers only environmental efficiency but it is not socially just, or a policy that focuses only on social aspects but neglects environmental efficiency aspects. In order to avoid these types of unbalanced situations and to contribute to solving many of the “wicked” problems that environmental policy faces, like climate and land use change or the distribution of natural capital, we need to include a variety of environmental and social elements that will increase the positive effects and acceptance of policies. n this seminar, students will learn spatial aspects of assessing terrestrial ecosystems using southern Chile as a case study, focusing on interactions between societal and environmental systems. In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to core applied spatial analysis concepts, databases and ways to model and map environmental and social elements within socio-ecological systems with focus on the study area. For instance, students will learn how to map and model ecosystem services and how to combine that with social spatial variables. This will provide a focus and understanding relevant interactions in the design of environmental policy with a particular focus on Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES). In the second part of the course, students will develop an own project in a selected subset of the study area and develop a spatial project on a selected environmental policy topic.