Module 2: Technologies and implementation models for the conservation and sustainable management of Natural Capital

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Environmental dimension

Tool 1: Technologies aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change on biodiversity
An overview on the options to increase the adaptive capacity of species and ecosystems in the face of climate change, such as:

  • Reducing non-climatic stresses, such as pollution, over-exploitation, habitat loss and fragmentation and invasive alien species.
  • Wider adoption of conservation and sustainable use practices including the strengthening of protected area networks.

Tool 2: ICT tools aimed at preserving Natural Heritage by means of improved environmental information systems
Forest fires, floods and droughts show how timely environmental information can make a difference during an emergency. Tackling the environmental challenge of protecting biodiversity by preventing and managing environmental disasters such as floods depends on the assessment of data regarding a wide variety of sectors and sources.

A two-pages example of the didactic handbooks created for Module 2

Social Dimension

Tool1: ICT tools aimed at developing innovative and responsible tourism strategies
The aim of these type of ICT tools is to protect and preserve Natural Heritage and deploy them for the development and promotion of innovative, sustainable and responsible tourism strategies by means of digitization technologies as well as implementation of good practices, policy learning and capacity building.

Tool 2: Flood prevention strategies and policies at international and national scale
This is an overview on the main contents of “Best practices on flood prevention, protection and mitigation”, which is the EU reference document on flood risk management. It consists of three parts. In part I the basic principles and approaches are described. Part II concerns how to effectively implement these principles and approaches. The conclusions are drawn in part III.

A two-slides example of the didactic presentations created for Module 2

Economic Dimension

Tool 1: Corporate Social Responsibility measures of tourism businesses related to Natural Heritage
This is an introduction to the contribution that tourism industry gave to the protection of biodiversity by examining how biodiversity measures have been integrated into CSR awards and standards in tourism. For example, the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas that is a voluntary agreement aimed at tourism operators that work in protected areas.

Tool 2: Good practices in farming and forestry aimed at promoting productive activities in protected areas
This is an overview on management policies aimed at promoting productive activities in and around protected areas without negatively impacting on biodiversity preservation. These policies involve stakeholders in biodiversity preservation and raise general awareness about natural assets (both risks that and economic potential), in order to combine profitable activities and protection of Natural Heritage.

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