Information for course "Management in Protected Areas | MIO-ECSDE MEdIES & UNESCO"
Description: This course is the first in a series of e-learning courses of the UNESCO publication: “Education for Sustainable Development in Biospheres Reserves and other Designated Areas: A Resource Book for Educators in South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean”.
Objectives: The UNESCO resource book on which this course is based aims to build learners’ capacities on how to use the MAB BRs and other designated areas as learning and demonstration sites to apply holistic ESD programmes. The e-course will provide a basic training to adult learners on applying the UNESCO resource book in practice, based on given scenarios and real life situations. It is built on one of the resource book’s 8 chapters, which is entitled “Management of MAB Biosphere Reserves (BRs) and other designated areas”.
Specific objectives of the course are: • To form a “learning community” of international ESD practitioners and managers that exchange experiences & views; • To reflect on concepts such as “designating” an area, sustainable development, education for sustainable development, etc; • To develop a better understanding of management aspects of designated areas, such as the carrying capacity, the zoning approach, the precautionary principle, etc.; • To practice in reading, comparing, and evaluating management plans of designated areas; • To reflect on fundraising options for the management of Protected Areas; • To explore the cultural dimensions of designated areas (archaeological, spiritual, etc.); • To form a loose non-binding network of ESD practitioners.
Assessment: This course combines quatitative as well as qualitative methods of evaluation. The first category is automatic and concerns the competion of exercises, quizes, etc. The second category concerns the level of participation on behalf of the learners to discussion forums, group work etc.
Learning method: The course is based on the principle of adaptive collaborative learning, which means participants will need to actively contribute to it. Participation can be in the form of contributions to the forum discussions, posing questions to fellow participants and facilitators, making suggestions for informative websites or co-operation with others for the assignments. Whatever form the participation takes, it is important to keep in mind that in this course the participants are co-responsible for the content and level of interaction.
The course is a-synchronous which means learners can spread their work over the week to times most convenient to them.
Description: 1. Introduction to the idea of protection 2. Introduction to the concept of sustainability 3. From environmental management to sustainable management 4. The evolution of environmental management from 1960’s onwards
Emphasis on management tools and concepts concepts like carrying capacity, end of pipe approach, stick regulation, 3Ps, zoning, prevention approach etc
Objectives: - to get acquainted with each others’ work and background - To explore concepts of sustainability, ESD and management. - to discover the variety of designated areas (in type, status, management etc)
Description: Welcome to the second Lesson of the Course!
During this lesson we will draw emphasis on concepts such as the Ecosystem Approach, the adaptive management approach, etc. and propose indicative management measures on production, management, monitoring, infrastructure, and cultural heritage heritage.
Objectives: Our aim for this week is to explore the set of measures that need to be included in a management plan of a designated area, for its protection, organisation and function.
Topics: The contents of this lesson cover the following themes: 1. Contemporary approaches in management of PAs 2. Examples applied: The Ecosystem approach, the adaptive management approach; the Biosphere Reserve approach, etc. 3. Management Plans
Description: The specific objective of this lesson is: To reflect on fundraising options for the management of Protected Areas;
1. Introduction to the idea of alternative revenue sources 2. Concept of fund raising sources 3. The Social Capital prerequisite for finding funding sources in BRs 4. Investigation and discussion of concepts economic growth and development 5. Limits and carrying capacity 6. Coordination and management bodies in PAs.
Objectives: - to familiarize and distinguish the concepts of "development" , the "economic growth", the "social capital" , the "Sustainable Development" and the "moral dimension of the sponsorships". - to discover the variety of the fund raising sources (in type, status, main - alternative etc) -to investigation and comparison of the concepts Economic Growth and Development.
Learning method: Since, the course is based on the principle of adaptive collaborative learning (a-synchronous Distance Learning), as a learning community, that means participants will need to actively contribute to it. Participation can be in the form of contributions to the forum discussions (Forum 3), posing questions to fellow participants and facilitators, making suggestions for informative websites or co-operation with others for the assignments. Whatever form the participation takes, it is important to keep in mind that in this lesson the participants are co-responsible for the content and level of interaction. We have discussion, exchange ideas, Exercise, Critical appraisal, Individual and group work, critical thinking and investigating principles, Values Clarification, simulation game, design and produce of a leaflet / or a video/ or a Prezi presentation.
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