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Concepts in Biodiversity Description

Key Elements

Code

BIOD 400

Formation

M1 Environmental and life Sciences - Option : Vegetal

Semester

1

Credits

4

Number of Teaching Hours

36

Number of Tutoring Sessions

0

Number of Laboratory Sessions

0

This course is optional

Content

Objective

Biodiversity is a reflection and result of interactions between living things and their environment. This module first addresses the various concepts, levels, dimensions and means for measuring biodiversity. Understanding of biodiversity values makes students aware through reflection about the importance of issues resulting from a loss of biodiversity, ranging from process of maintaining ecosystem functions to the implications of the conservation of biodiversity in the well-being of humanity

Content

The concept of biodiversity: - History - Factors of biodiversity: speciation, selection, extinction, adaptation ... - Definitions, CBD. Measuring biodiversity: - Levels, dimensions and types. - Indices and indicators. State of biodiversity in the world: - Gradients distribution. - Endemism and critical areas (hot spots). - Variation and trends. Biodiversity values: - Values intrinsic, ecological, conservation, socio-cultural, economic and legal. - Value and type of management. Issues of biodiversity: - Usefulness of biodiversity conservation and management, biotechnology, health and well-being. - Biodiversity, governance and policy. Biodiversity in Lebanon: fauna, flora and ecosystems.