Teaching activities

2018-2019 academic year

Fall semester

1. Governance of socio-ecological systems: EU policy framework and communication 

This 3 ECTS course serves as an introduction to Jean Monnet module European Agenda on Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities for Russia. It provides students coming from natural science backgrounds (and a limited exposure to multidisciplinary environmental studies) with a basic understanding of social aspects of environmental sciences, management and policy, in particular those related to communication and information. In addition, it introduces students to the EU environmental policy framework and institutions of environmental governance. The course includes several group exercises, such a biogeographical seminar role play, and develops such in-hand practical skills as creation of web-based interfaces, and communication strategies targeting specific stakeholder groups.

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2. Re-naturing cities: EU experience for Russia

This 2 ECTS course is a part of Jean Monnet module European Agenda on Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities for Russia. It focuses on cities, and on management and governance aspects of their resilience through re-naturing. The course refers to the EU policy framework and institutions created for the promotion of nature-based solutions, and also policy, management and technical innovation developed in the EU countries and that can be considered for Russia. The course will specifically explore the legacies of an EU project on the development and promotion of green infrastructure that was recently implemented in Pskov. In their final group course works the participants will analyse its sustainability and options for follow ups.

Spring semester

3. Territorial resilience: EU experience for Russia 

This 2 ECTS course is a part of Jean Monnet module European Agenda on Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities for Russia. It focuses on non-urban areas – countryside, forests, wetlands, inland waters, and on management and governance aspects of their resilience through the development and maintenance of ecological networks, green infrastructure, cultural landscapes and nature conservation areas, though rehabilitation and restoration landscapes, ecosystems and their functions etc. The course refers to the EU policy framework and institutions created for the promotion of territorial resilience and nature-based solutions, and also policy, management and technical innovation developed in the EU countries and that can be considered for Russia. The course will specifically explore the legacies of an EU projects promoting biodiversity conservation in the Region of Pskov, and on good practices from neighbouring Estonia. In their final group course works the participants will develop scenarios and sustainability indicators for selected case study areas.

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