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

Centre for Alternative Technology

Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
Monday 20th - Friday 24th April 2020

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

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


An in-depth look at what nature provides, and how precious resources can be protected and preserved.

Often overlooked or taken for granted, the services that nature provides are essential for human survival. Explore the links between the ‘human-made’ and the ‘natural’ world, looking at how and where human systems interact with and rely on natural ecosystems, how these have been damaged and degraded by our activities, and what we can do to help rebuild and repair.

Key Information

  • Duration: five days
  • Upcoming dates: Mon 20th – Fri 24th April 2020
  • Start and finish times: starts at 11am and ends at 4pm on the last day
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board shared accommodation

Course content

For this course you will be joining students on CAT’s MSc Sustainability and Adaptation course as you explore the functions of ecosystems: what they are, how they work and what they do.

Lecture topics include:

  • 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

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

Tutor Profile

You will be taught by a range of lecturers and guest lecturers from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment.

To find out more and book a place visit – www.cat.org.uk/events/ecosystem-services-land-use-water-and-waste-management


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