Course code MežZ6011

Credit points 4

Biological Valuable Ecosystems

Total Hours in Course160

Number of hours for lectures32

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours96

Date of course confirmation21.01.2014

Responsible UnitDepartment of Silviculture

Course developer

author Mežkopības katedra

Inga Straupe

Dr. silv.

Course abstract

Knowledge - to acquaint students with national program and subprograms of biodiversity, to describe the classification of biologically valuable ecosystems, to know their criteria – 1st, 2nd, 3rd seminars;
skills - to characterize and recognize biological valuable ecosystems, protected habitats and protected species, to explain their monitoring - disscussion;
competence - to analyze and evaluate the results of biodiversity monitoring, previse and solve the possibilities to maintain and to manage biodiversity in different ecosystems, especially in forest – the individual work.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge - to acquaint students with national program and subprograms of biodiversity, to describe the classification of biologically valuable ecosystems, to know their criteria;
• skills - to characterize and recognize biological valuable ecosystems, protected habitats and protected species, to explain their monitoring;
• competence - to analyze and evaluate the results of biodiversity monitoring, previse and solve the possibilities to maintain and to manage biodiversity in different ecosystems, especially in forest.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. The politics of environmental conservation in Latvia. The priority problems of environmental conservation.
2. The national programm of biodiversity.
3. The criteria and management of biologically valuable ecosystems.
4. Especially protected forests habitats of European Union. 1st seminar.
5. Especially protected species in forest habitats. Especially protected species of microreserves.
6. Especially protected garssland habitats of European Union. 2nd seminar.
7. Especially protected mires habitats of European Union.
8. Especially protected coastal habitats of European Union. 3rd seminar.
9. Monitoring of biodiversity.
10. Habitat and species monitoring subprograms.
11. Baltic Sea habitats and species monitoring subprogram.
12. Forest habitat and species monitoring subprogram.
13. Mires habitat and species monitoring subprogram.
14. Lakes and rivers habitat and species monitoring subprogram. Disscussion.
15. Species monitoring subprograms.
16. The presentation of the individual work.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

3 seminars, disscussion and the presentation of the individual work.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The assessment of the study course (the test with mark) is based on the cumulative assessment of the results of seminars, disscussion and the individual work. In the case of refinement of the mark, the student answers additional questions.
The seminars and discussion are evaluated in accordance with the established assessment procedure - to prepare answers to all questions of the seminars and disscussion.

Compulsory reading

1.Bioloģiskās daudzveidības nacionālā programma [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 02.03.2020.].Pieejams:http://www.vidm.gov.lv/files/text/biol_daudzveid_nac_progr.doc
2. Bioloģiskās Daudzveidības Nacionālās programmas ieviešana [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 02.03.2020.]. Pieejams: http://www.varam.gov.lv/lat/darbibas_veidi/daba/dabas_aizsardzibas_projekti/?doc=2924
3. Bioloģiskā daudzveidība Latvijā [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 02.03.2020.]. Pieejams: http://biodiv.lvgma.gov.lv/
4. Eiropas Savienības aizsargājamie biotopi Latvijā. Noteikšanas rokasgrāmata. 2.papildināts izdevums, A.Auniņa red., Rīga, Latvijas Dabas fonds, Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija, 2013. 320 lpp. Pieejams:
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas/ROKASGR_biotopi_LV.pdf
5. Aizsargājamo biotopu saglabāšanas vadlīnijas Latvijā. Pieejams:
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_6_Mezi.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_3_dabiskas_plavas_ganibas_1d.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_3_dabiskas_plavas_ganibas_2d.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_3_dabiskas_plavas_ganibas_3d.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_3_dabiskas_plavas_ganibas_4d_a.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_3_dabiskas_plavas_ganibas_4d_b.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_3_dabiskas_plavas_ganibas_pie.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_1_piejura_1d.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_1_piejura_2d.pdf
https://www.daba.gov.lv/upload/File/Publikacijas_b_vadlinijas/GRAM_17_biotopu_vadlinijas_4_purvi_avoti_avoksnaji.pdf

Further reading

1. Monitoring and Indicators of Forest Biodiversity in Europe [tiešsaiste] [skatīts 02.03.2020.]. Pieejams: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/4772/4508/80701-40205-40206-florence03_pdf/

Periodicals and other sources

1. Vides vēstis. Rīga: Vides aizsardzības klubs. ISSN 1407-2939
2. Rakstu krājums "Mežzinātne". Salaspils: LVMI Silava. ISSN 1407-270X
3. Rakstu krājums "Latvijas veģetācija". Rīga: Latvijas Universitātes Bioloģijas institūts. ISSN 1407-3641

Notes

Forest science (master level)