Ecosystem Services (M.Sc.)

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Assessing nature´s services for human well-being

The global loss of biodiversity and ecosystem degradation are among the grand challenges of global environmental change. In this context, ecosystem services as the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems for human well-being are gaining increasing attention in science, policy and society. Identifying, mapping and assessing ecosystem services as well as capturing their values in public and private decision-making are important objectives of national, European and international biodiversity and sustainability strategies. At the global level, this demanding task is not least part of the working programme of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). IPBES is an intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and of the ecosystem services it provides to society, in response to requests from decision makers.

Against this background the international Master’s programme on Ecosystem Services provides students with the knowledge base and methods to analyse pressing environ-mental problems and to develop societally relevant solutions. A special focus lies on inter- and transdisciplinary approaches from the natural and the social sciences in order to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity as well as to secure the sustainable provision of ecosystem services for present and future generations. The programme combines the natural and social sciences expertise of the International Institute (IHI) Zittau and the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at TU Dresden, the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History in Görlitz, and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden.

Compulsory courses include the basics of ecosystem services, biodiversity and eco- system governance as well as ecological economics. Courses on ecology, such as applied and special ecology, complement the subjects taught in the first two semesters. In the second half of their studies, students can choose among a variety of optional courses to deepen their knowledge in fields such as natural resource man- agement, environmental and spatial planning, taxonomy and biodiversity collection management or acquire methodological skills in ecosystem services case studies, empirical methods in social sciences or ecological modelling.

The duration of the study is four semesters.

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Consultancy and entry into workforce: Ms Dr. Nina Hagemann

Academic Coordinator*: Ms Prof. Dr. Irene Ring

Student Coordinator*: Ms Mai Phuong Trinh Thi

Advisor and consultancy for international mobility (ERASMUS): Ms Uta Scheunig, Tel. +49 3583 612 4115

Consultancy Senckenberg: Mr Prof. Willi Xylander

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