Environmental Certification Programs and Eco labelling Schemes

CMM34 Elective Course 2 ECTS
Period -
Instructor Astrid Fehling
Semester

Námskeiðslýsing

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).

Hæfniviðmið

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
  • communicate complex issues to an instructor as well as to peer audience
  • 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
  • apply their knowledge, understanding and proficiency in new and unfamiliar situations

Námsmat

Kennari

Astrid Fehling is from Hamburg, Germany. She came to Iceland in 2010 as a part time student of the CMM masters program at the University Centre. Always wanting to live so close to the sea, she has stayed in Ísafjörður since. Astrid holds a bachelor's degree in Geography (University of Bremen, Germany) and a master's degree in Environmental Management from the University of Kiel, Germany. She is teaching the annual 3-weeks introduction course in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as well as a weeklong course on ecolabeling schemes related to coastal and marine management. Since January 2018 Astrid is a project manager at UW, managing the Development Fund for Immigration Issues, recruiting and organizing host families for the SIT program, organizing the Icelandic language summer courses, and more.