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OADD 2045 - Biodiversity Values and Policies

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This seminar aims at providing students with a general understanding of key biodiversity issues and policy implementation, from local level action to international governance, with specific attention (in terms of instruments) to economic instruments, economic analysis, international regulation, and also (in terms of field) oceans governance and management. Its objectives are: - Providing a 360° outlook of the dominating ideas and opinions in the field ; - Providing a basic knowledge of instruments and techniques involved in policy-making assessment, evaluation and economic valuation ; - Allowing personal and well-informed opinions with respect to the main concepts used by research and policy communities. More specifically, the seminar will deal with how the biodiversity issue can be framed (in comparison to climate change), with its international governance system (institutions, norms, stakeholders), its policy instruments, its valuation instruments, as well as with the main controversies that generate debate within the conservation community. The seminar will also provide a critical overview of public policies, strategies and instruments that contribute to the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national and sub-national level. Practical case studies and examples will be illustrated and studied.


  • LAURANS, Yann (Director, Biodiversity Research Programme)
  • RANKOVIC, Aleksandar (.)
  • WRIGHT, Glen (Research Fellow)

Pedagogical format

Ad hoc basis, depending on sessions : - Lecture ; - Presentations ; - Discussions ; - Article review.

Course validation

Written essay (16 points) : subject related to the course, suggested by students with prior agreement from teachers. 15,000 signs (approx. 5/6 pages) to max 20,000 signs (spaces not included), footnotes included, references not included. Criteria: structured, concise, complex (but not too complex), arguments, references, examples, writing skills, spelling, critical. Participation (4 points) : - Proactive ; - Punctual ; - Present.


Read 1-2 texts / week. 1 written essay.

Required reading

A minimum of one text, 5 maximum, which will be available in the course reader, provided by teachers, cf. website