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NOVA-BOVA network cooperation for an intensive course
“An Introduction to Ecosystem Service Theory and Practices”


Nova-Bova network

A NOVA-funded course “An Introduction to Ecosystem Service Theory and Practices” took place from the 31st October to the 4th of November 2016, hosted by the Latvia University of Agriculture in Jelgava. The course was organized in cooperation between the University of Copenhagen, University of Helsinki and Latvia University of Agriculture.

Organizers and lecturers included Prof. Jette Jacobsen, Dalia D’Amato (PhD), Brent Matthies (PhD) and Arttu Malkamäki (PhD student).

The course consisted of a comprehensive overview of ecosystem services concept in terms of theoretical background and applications. Contents encompassed key topics such as classification, indicators, valuation, governance, service science, ethical considerations.

The course also benefited from a contextually-grounded example, the Latvian LIFE project "Assessment of ecosystems and their services for nature biodiversity conservation and management", presented by Rita Aräja, Inga Hoņavko (Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia), Aija Peršēvica and Elīna Konstantinova (Association Baltic Coasts).

As the ecosystem services concept is omnipresent in the global sustainability agenda, the overall aim of the course was to enable students to navigate through the ecosystem service jungle and conveniently apply the concept either in their academic of professional efforts. 

The participants included 14 PhD students from 11 countries, studying and working at various Universities of the BOVA-NOVA network, including the Estonian University of Life Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Latvia University of Agriculture, Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. The students academic background included environmental sciences and ecology, forest economics, social sciences, landscape architecture, information technology.

A special thank to Daiga Unferihta and Ainis Lagzdinš (Latvia University of Agriculture) for their help and support throughout the entire organization of the course.