Ecology, Economics, Education and Legislation

20. Section Ecology and Environmental Protection

  • Ecology, environmental protection and Earth strata preservation
  • Environmental problems of mining and industrial landscape
  • Natural and managed ecosystems. Nature conservation and sustainable use, GEOPARKS
  • Integrated coastal zone management
  • Ecological Engineering - ecosystem management, protection and restoration
  • Effects of globalization on natural resources
  • Waste treatment and management. Advanced recycling technologies
  • Management of industrial wastes
  • Wastewater treatment processes, technology and infrastructure. Wastewater reuse.
  • Innovation for less polluting emission processes
  • Methods and tools for Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC). Best available techniques.
  • Methods and tools for strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  • Cumulative environmental assessment
  • Green competitiveness as a business strategy
  • Deposit Free Industry
  • Environmental monitoring and adaptive management as a tool for mitigation measures and decreasing uncertainties in the development process
  • Geotourism and mining heritage
  • Project management

21. Section Environmental Economics

  • Economic and environmental objectives
  • Economic instruments in environmental policy
  • Practical tools and applications for conducting and monitoring of environmental performance. Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Life cycle assessment
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Environmental expenditure of enterprises
  • Eco-innovations for sustainable development
  • Natural resources management
  • Planning and assessment
  • Environmental evaluation and decision-making
  • Social issues and environmental policies
  • International and domestic financing strategies for the environment
  • Public-Private partnership and environmental objectives
  • Project management

22. Section Education and Accreditation in GeoSciences

  • Graduate Education and Innovations,
  • Distance learning (e-learning) – methods, tools and applications
  • Curriculum development, course content and educational systems
  • Methods of assessments and tools in teaching / learning
  • Vocational Education and Training
  • Accreditation of university education and credit systems
  • Intellectual property rights in Geo-Sciences

23. Section Environmental Legislation, Multilateral Relations and Funding Opportunities

  • Environmental legislation regarding water, air, biodiversity, land use, mineral resources and waste. EU, other countries and international legal frameworks, documents and procedures.
  • Horizontal environmental legislation. EU, other countries and international case law related to the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA).
  • International cooperation and institutional arrangements for intergovernmental and/or private sector management of environmental effects
  • Integration of environmental consideration in sectorial development policies
  • Environmental and social considerations in international cooperation
  • Environmental strategies and policy
  • Cohesion policy and regional development. Operative programs regarding the environment, regional development, transport, agriculture, industry and human resources
  • EU funding for the Environment: LIFE+, the Civil Protection Financial Instrument, Funding Eco-Innovation
  • World Bank requirements and procedures for project funding. Case projects
  • United Nations Development Programme: practice in project proposals, project development and implementation
  • United Nations Environment Programme: initiatives and case studies
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