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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078785, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track FOREST AND NATURE FOR THE FUTURE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLA GATTO AGR/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/01 Rural economy and evaluation 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basic knowledgment of microeconomics theory (supply, demand, markets). Methods for assessing the economic values of ecosistem services
Target skills and knowledge: Students will acquire knowledge of economic theories, principles and operational instruments for an innovative valorisation of ecosistem services in a market-based perspective. At the end of the course, the students will be able to design, operationalize and assess different mechanisms for responsible forest management according to the type of ecosystems service and to socio-economic context of reference at national, European and international scales.
Examination methods: The exam is mada up of two parts: a written individual project developing an idea of an innovative market-based mechanism in a real case-study) and of an oral test on all the topics presented during the course
Assessment criteria: The final grade is made up as follows: written project: 40%; oral exam; 40%; active class participation: 20%. Assessment criteria:
- Individual project work: relevance (=connection with course topics), good conceptual framework, absence of relevant conceptual errors, overall consistency and coordination, matching of objectives with conclusions, presence of detailed literature review, awareness of problems and critical approach, accuracy in quotations.
- Oral exam: knowledge of the topics, capacity to present and discuss them in a critical way, to place them in the correct context and to understand logic relationships with other topics of the course and, in general, with the other disciplines
- Class participation: active attitude in lectures and during class exercises;
Course unit contents: The course comprises of five sub-modules
1. Introduction: what are Ecosystem Services; the economic values of ecosystem services; short survey of market-based mechaisms for provisional ecosystem services (1 ECTS)
2. The set of policy tools for the valorization of ecosystem services: mandatory and voluntary (1 ECTS)
3. Payment for Ecosystem Services: theoretical background: property rights theory/property regimes; PES basic concepts – PES typologies and examples; designing and applying PES; PES case studies in the field of water, Carbon, biodiversity, recreation/amenity and bundled PES
4. PES assessment: effectiveness, efficiency, equity and ethics (1 ECTS)
5. Commons and community forests in a PES context
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - lectures
- class work including individual case-study analysis followed by class discussion, paper presentations, role games
Additional notes about suggested reading: All lecture and study materials will be published in Moodle (ask the teacher for the enrolment key)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Sterner, Thomas; Coria, Jessica, Policy instruments for environmental and natural resource managementThomas Sterner and Jessica Coria - 2. ed. New York: London, RFF, 2012.