The course aims at raising students' awareness of complementary approaches applicable to the management of ecosystems and of bio-based value-chains in general: the ecosystem services framework, and metabolism and life-cycle approaches. Course attendants will get to grips with the principles of these approaches, gain insight from their application to agricultural systems and bio-based value-chains, and gain practical know-how on how to apply them hands-on to different case-studies.
They will become familiar with environmental management, the ISO 14 000 standards and the principles of their implementation in various decision-making contexts to improve the environmental performance of production systems or organizations.
The course will equip students with the tools and methods currently used in this process for the environmental assessment of products and services, and their eco-design. Life-cycle assessment, whose use is currently spreading in all economic sectors for purposes of eco-design, consumer information or policy design, will occupy a central place in the pedagogy.