Course: Ecosystem Services:- Land Use, Water and Waste Management

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
Mon 8th - Sat 13th April 2019 +44 (0)1654 704966

Cost: Waged £750, Low Waged / Concessions £700

Sectors: sustainability, carbon, climate & energy, water & hydrology

For this course you will be joining a module of CAT's new Sustainability and Adaptation MSc course.

Explore the functions of ecosystems, what are they, how do they work and what do they do.

Ecosystems are the hidden and often forgotten structures that underpin human existence and modern human civilisations.

You will learn the roles of ecosystems in providing human needs, regulating our environment and provisioning our societies.

Lectures will cover descriptive, conceptual and technical accounts of ecosystem processes and the links between those processes and the provision of food and resources, as well as the services they provide for society such as cleaning our water and treating our wastes, and importantly, how we can use them and support their continued existence in unadulterated state.

As well as lectures, the issues will be explored further in seminars and practical sessions.

Evening lectures and discussion will complement the daytime lectures, and there will be a social event on Friday evening. 

Lecture topics will be

  • Ecosystem services;
  • Resources and resource management;
  • Flooding and drainage;
  • Water and waste water;
  • Sewage management;
  • Food security;
  • Gaia and the selfish gene;
  • Liberation Ecology;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Water security issues;
  • Contaminated land;
  • Biomimetics and bioremediation

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