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Applications invited to the Certificate Course on: Lakes and Wetlands + Water & Ecosystem Services

20 Sep 2019


Applications invited to the Certificate Course on


Lakes & Wetlands + Water & Ecosystem Services

14th October 2019 to 8th November 2019


Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory (C-PACT) and

School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS)

Course Instructors

Dr. Moumita Karmakar (Lakes and Wetlands)

Dr. Rajeswari S. Raina (Water and Ecosystem Services)

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Full Scholarships available for select candidates Supported by

Shiv Nadar Foundation (SNF), Noida and

International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada

WSP 505: Lakes and wetlands:

Lakes and wetlands are natural water bodies, and these waterbodies have an important role in the global carbon cycle, hydrological cycle, nutrient cycle, and trophic interactions. Wetlands also have a critical role in maintaining high species diversity. Often called “nature’s kidneys,” they support millions of people by providing food, water, and controlling floods and storm surges. With growing population, urbanization, environmental pollution and degradation, and global climate change, these are under tremendous pressure. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of physics, chemistry and biology of freshwater ecosystems. A foundational understanding of these aquatic systems are required for any decision-making, conservation or management purposes. We will study the morphometry; light and temperature; water chemistry in relation to nutrients. Also, there will be discussion on problems related to eutrophication, land- use change etc. at regional and global scales.

At the end of this course, the students will be able to

i) understand the complex nature of these ecosystems and how aquatic ecosystems play an important role to our survival

ii) the ability to question the strategy behind a management effort and water policy iii) the skill to differentiate the nature of different water bodies and how regional and global climate change are affecting the water resources.

WSP 506: Water and Ecosystem Services:

As the future unfolds, the next generation of decision-makers will face several tough questions that stem fundamentally from the services that water provides for us human beings, our fellow beings and our planet. This course is meant to equip these future decision-makers with capacities to understand and question, as well as change the ways in which we value water and the ecosystem services it provides. Students today, the decision-makers tomorrow in classrooms, in industry, on national and international negotiating tables, within communities and civil society organizations, have to reflect on the economic and ecological values of water, and understand how we, humans, conceptualise and estimate the ecosystem services of water.

This course gives students the lenses to see how water and its services are valued by the multiple purposes, conceptual tools, decision-makers and users, non-user living systems, and non-user life givers. Are economic and more crucially, monetary values good enough for all? The course provides a picture of the emergence of the concept of ecosystem services. How did ecosystem services evolve from a metaphor to an agenda-setting concept and now a framework for policy decisions? Water is the key element that will alter the earth and all its economic activities as we step into the era of climate variability and change. Does it demand different valuations? What do we know about the ecosystem functions of water? How do inter-disciplinary formations like ecological economics, political ecology, environmental justice and ecosophy help us understand these functions and services? Students in this course will get to work on what different valuations or estimates of ecosystem services mean for daily economic uses, in production systems, embedded in other services, as well as in climate resilience and complex adaptive systems. This includes ecosystem services estimation skills, and an understanding of alternative frameworks, methods and measures used to estimate these.