Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, Memory and Sustainability

Credits: 4

Program: Ecosystem services - historical, concepts. The importance of natural ecosystems in rural and periurban areas. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BES) and human well-being. Support ecosystem services (soil fertility, primary productivity), provision services (food, fibers, wood, medicines), regulation services (soil conservation / relief, water regulation, microclimate and climate regulation, pollination), cultural services (rural tourism, ecotourism, recreation / leisure, spirituality). Relationships between BES, agriculture and food security. How different cultures and etinicities perceive BSE- the concept of biocultural memory. Public policies based on BES (payments for environmental services). Contributions of biodiversity and ecosystem services to rural sustainability.