ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

Second cycle degree in SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: LAURA SECCO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Fundamentals of geography and local economies.
Examination methods: The students will have to pass an oral examination based on open-ended questions and a discussion with the teacher on the topics discussed during the lessons.
A list of potential questions is provided at the end of each topic/sub-module, in a written form (i.e. included in the slides used during lessons that will be made available in Moodle).
Not attending students are invited to meet the teacher before the exam.
Course unit contents: The module aims at strengthening knowledge skills and developing analytical and operational capabilities in relation to a local development planning process based on the adoption of social and environmental responsibility approaches and instruments.
Insights will be provided on: i) basic concepts of multi-functionality of natural resources and Natural Capital; ii) governance and good governance of natural resources, included instruments to analyse, assess and implement network governance in rural areas; iii) basic concepts, policies, programs and operational instruments related to the most important environmental and social concerns affecting rural areas, included: climate change, unsustainable and illegal logging, the (difficult) role of social dimensions in the innovation processes in rural development, and others. Different spatial/institutional/administrative scales will be considered, from the global to the regional and local ones.
At local level, some case studies will be used to better understand the general concepts, included some projects on forest certification, payments for ecosystem services (biodiversity and water), REDD+ (to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) and social innovation in rural areas.