They can assess the causes that led to the degradation of the studied system.
They can suggest management practices for the restoration of the system.
They can prioritize their practices.
They can choose the most appropriate and feasible practice in terms of available time and money.
They can assess the success of rehabilitation.
They can reevaluate and redesign the recovery project if the result is not desirable.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Meanings and definition of ecological restoration. Application of ecological theories to restoration ecology.
Restoration objectives and reference systems. Assessment of the restoration success.Reversibility over time and space scales. Recovery Plans: Charting and evaluation of the current situation, social and cultural components, restoration techniques. Implementation of measures, assessment of the restoration success, redefinition of goals, techniques and procedures. Models applied to the restoration of desertified systems. Examples of restored ecological systems in the Mediterranean area.
Visit to restored lignite extraction sites and landfill (Landfill). Preparation and presentation of projects on ecosystem restoration issues
aims of restoration, restoration success, restoration techniques, adaptive management, phytoremediation, mychorrhiza, alien species, desertified areas
Written exams to test the understanding of the theory of restoration. Also, the presentation of a project in the classroom by using the PowerPoint programme. The project is individual, it usually comes from the journal Restoration ecology and it has been selected and assigned by the teachers. This process aims to bring the student into contact with the recovery of specific degraded ecosystem, to monitor the actions have been taken to restore it as well as the results of these actions. By this process, the ability of the student to understand the text and his ability to give a clear, on time and complete picture of the text is evaluated.