ASSESSMENT AND VALUATION OF ENVIRONMENT

Course ID: IGP/ZP-SE>OCEIWY
Course title: ASSESSMENT AND VALUATION OF ENVIRONMENT
Semester: 2 / Winter
ECTS: 5
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Land Management
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: None.
Contact person: mgr Marta Sylla; marta.sylla@upwr.edu.pl
Short description: The course concerns the assessment and valuation of the environmental goods and services. The contents of the course include the methods for economic valuation of the environment, such as the travel cost method, the contingent valuation method, cost-benefit analysis. Students practice the selected methods on the case study examples.
Full description: Detailed curricula of the course relate to the following issues: the environment as part of the cost-benefit analysis t (component of accounting), environment as part of the valuation, the value of the environment – different types of value, valuation methods– the hedonic pricing method, the contingent valuation method, the travel cost method, the cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, the method of effects of production, the method of inputs preventive and restitution costs, the human capital method, the method of declared preferences, choice experiment, the elements of the environment being valued, methods, techniques and types of indicators used in the assessment of the environment, evaluation of natural, agricultural, urbanized environment, the data in the assessment and valuation of the environment – data types, types of information, forms of gathering and accessing to the environmental information.
Bibliography: [1] Ahmed M., Umali G. M., Chonga C. K., Rulla M. F., Garcia M. C.. Valuing recreational and conservation benefits of coral reefs – The case of Bolinao, Philippines. Ocean & Coastal Management. No. 50 (2007). pp. 103-118. [2] Herath G., Kennedy J.. Estimating the economic value of Mount Buffalo National Park with the travel cost and contingent valuation models. Tourism Economics, 10 (2004), 63-78. [3] Lupa P., Ecosystem’s local recreational services valuation. Krajenka municipality case study, Ekonomia i Środowisko 2 (42), 2012, http://geokompleks.amu.edu.pl/data/Lupa.pdf. [4] Piepiora Z., Babczuk A., Kachniarz M., Active Natural Disasters Policy in Poland, Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Intelligent Control and Computer Application in Advances in Computer Science Research, Atlantis Press, Paris-Amsterdan-Beijing 2016, ISBN 978-94-6252-154-4, ISSN 2352-538X Volume 30, http://www.atlantis-press.com/php/pub.php?publication=icca-16, s. 194-197. [5] Piepiora Z., Kachniarz M., Babczuk A., Financing the counteraction of natural disasters’ effects in Lower Silesian voivodeship, w: 2015 International Conference on Management Engineering and Management Innovation (ICMEMI 2015), Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Management Engineering and Management Innovation, Editors: Dr. Mingus Wang, VIIRC, ISBN (on-line): 978-94-62520-45-5 ISBN (print): ISSN: part of the series AEBMR, ISSN 2352-5428, volume 3, doi:10.2991/icmemi-15.2015.39, http://www.atlantis-press.com/php/pub.php?publication=icmemi-15, s. 215-220. - complementary/optional [1] Amoako-Tuffour J., Martínez-Espiñeira R., Leisure and the net opportunity cost of travel time in recreation demand analysis: an application to Gros Morne National Park. Journal of Applied Economics. Vol XV. No. 1 (May 2012). pp 25-49. [2] Arina T., Kramer R. A., Divers’ willingness to pay to visit marine sanctuaries: an exploratory study. Ocean & Coastal Management. No. 45 (2002). pp. 171-183. [3] Beal D. J., A travel cost analysis of the value of Carnarvon Gorge National Park for recreation use', Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics. 1995a. Vol. 63. No.2. pp.292-303.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge The student has knowledge of the role and importance of the natural environment and natural resources for the socio-economic development and improving the quality of human life. The student knows environmental valuation methods. Sklills The student can use one of the methods for ecosystem assessment and valuation. He can enumerate and explain the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems. He/she can search for the data that is necessary to determine the value of the environment. Social competences The student demonstrates understanding of the need to assess the economic value of contribution of the environment to the man made investments and human well-being. The student is aware of the valuation’s possibilities and limitations and he/she is aware of the necessity to update methods and his/her knowledge concerning environmental valuation.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: grade obtained at classes (50%) + grade obtained at lectures (50%)

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