Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Βe familiar with the scientific terms related to aquatic ecosystems and the various types of them.
2. Understand the wetland functions and values and the interactions between wetlands and agroecosystems
3. Know the necessity to prepare and apply a plan for sustainable wetland management according to related legislations.
4. Develop critical thinking skills for enabling application of "sustainable agricultural production systems" in the Natura 2000 conservation areas.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The concept of wetland. Wetland definitions. Leagal framework of wetland conservation. Habitad Directive 92/43/ EU. Ramsar wetlands. Wetland functions. Wetland values. The main groups of wetland flora and fauna. Water regime and wetland biota. Wetlands and water quality. Natural changes and man-made alterations of wetlands. Positive and negative interactions between wetlands and agroecosystems. Principles of sustainable management of wetlands and management plans. The present greek wetland resources and their future perspectives. Wetlands as a training tool for sustainability.
Wetlands, wetland functions, wetland values, wetland management.