Environmental Certification Programs and Eco labelling Schemes

CMM34 Elective course 2 ECTS
Period W28 04.07.16 - 08.07.16
Instructor Dagný Arnarsdóttir

Description

The course gives a general introduction to environmental certification and eco labelling schemes relevant for coastal or marine management, including historic development, rationale and corporate environmentalism. First, second and third party labelling schemes will be explained.Then, the focus will be on components and use of environmental certification and eco labelling schemes, followed by examples and case studies. Students will review the rationale for environmental certification and eco labelling schemes, as well as their principles, components, use and common criticism. Examples of environmental certification and eco labelling schemes relevant for coastal or marine management are: ISO 14020 environmental management series, Blueflag certification, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and Marine Aquarium Council (MAC).

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • select, recommend and defend a specific environmental certification program or an eco labelling scheme relevant for coastal or marine management, for a given context
  • constructively criticise a presentation/briefing of a specific environmental certification program or an eco labelling scheme relevant for coastal or marine management, for a given context

Assessment

  • Evaluation of an environmental certification program or an eco labelling scheme, relevant for coastal or marine management, for a given context (supplied by instructor). Individual assignment 60% of final grade
  • Peer-review of two other student's performance. Individual assignment 40% of final grade

Instructor

Guest lecturer

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