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A4. PROTECTED MARINE AREAS AND ANTHROPOGENIC IMPACTS ON COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS

ERACOM, A4

Core course

4 ECTS

Period

 

 

Instructors

Drosos Koutsoubas, Emmanuil (Manos) Koutrakis, Chryssanthi Antoniadou

 

Description

This course will give students an understanding of human interaction consequences in both open water and coastal environments. Human activities induce impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems, including fisheries and aquaculture, pollution and climate change thus leading to urgent actions towards ecosystem conservation. This class will address the issues, challenges and opportunities related to the management of coastal and marine resources through a focus on the design, implementation and evaluation of marine and coastal protected areas. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and Coastal environment involve a broad spectrum of management goals, from facilitating multiple uses, including both consumptive and non-consumptive uses, to fully protected marine reserves. Worldwide, MPAs are being seen as both necessary and appropriate in addressing anthropogenic impacts resulting from human use and overuse, of the marine ecosystems, including commercial and recreational fishing, marine transportation, offshore development related to oil and gas resources, mineral extraction and renewable energy, land-based sources of pollution, and global climate change though the appropriate marine spatial planning. Similarly coastal protected areas, such as estuaries and coastal lagoons receive the impact of all human activities in the coastal zone. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about how protected areas managers are confronting these challenges, and develop a practical understanding of the tools managers use, and acquire some understanding of what challenges have yet to be effectively met.
 
 
Learning outcomes
  1. Students will gain a systematic understanding of the complex and dynamic nature of management of marine and coastal protected areas, learning to "think like a manager."
  2. Students will gain a systematic understanding of issues related to biodiversity issues, ecosystem functioning and conservation issues on a global perspective with a particular emphasis on the Mediterranean. 
  3. Students will be able to accurately define a problem, think about it in a critical manner, assess information at hand and draw inferences about how best to approach its resolution.
  4. Students will be knowledgeable of the various relevant human activities that can adversely affect the structure and function of coastal and marine ecosystems.
  5. Students will gain skills in participating in and facilitating group discussions and deliberations, as well as crafting and delivering effective presentations targeted to key stakeholder audiences.
  6. Students will have the opportunity to participate actively in management issues related to conservation policies and practices in particular typical Marine and Coastal Protected Areas in the E. Mediterranean which constitute ‘case studies’ (e.g. National Marine Park of Zakynthos – Ionian Sea; Vistonis andNestosDelta National Park – Aegean Sea) 
Assessment
  1. Class presentation (20%)
  2. Seminar participation (10%) 
  3. 1 paper written in the format of a named international journal (70%)

 Course outline-lectures

 
 
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