The first ReNature training on ecosystem services and green infrastructures
ReNature is happy to announce that the project’s first training course is taking place on 7-9 May in Paola, Malta to teach practitioners, students and the general public how to use techniques and methods in biodiversity and land monitoring.
The training aims to provide participants with an understanding of ecosystem services and green infrastructure, give an overview of the main green infrastructure elements in urban areas in the Maltese Islands, and to identify methods that may be used for an assessment of the ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure.
In the past few years, driven by new development in policy at global and regional level, Europe has seen a surge of initiatives on ecosystem services. Ecosystem services research connects ecology with human-wellbeing and the economy by analysing the links between ecosystems and the ways people benefit from nature. This contribution of nature in realising social and economic policy objectives is becoming increasingly acknowledged and mainstreamed by national and European policies and legislation, within which nature is less frequently seen as a source commodity to be exploited and more as a source of more systematic economic solutions.
Against this background, the first ReNature training course will teach the basic concepts and tools for mapping and assessing biodiversity, green infrastructure and ecosystem services.
The training will be delivered by consortium members from Dublin, Italy, Malta and the United Kingdom. They have identified a number of learning outcomes, important for the biodiversity and environmental practitioners.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Select the appropriate ecosystem service mapping and assessment method/approach for a specific purpose and justify the selection
- Explain what ‘green and blue infrastructure’ are in rural, urban and coastal environments
- Map green infrastructure at an appropriate scale