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   Course Title    Public Participation and Partnership in Environmental Policy
Lecturer    Tatiana Blam
Institution    Novosibirsk State University
Country    Russian Fedaration

I. Aim of the course

The main aim of the course is to introduce the key themes and approaches of environmental evaluation and the frames for decision making in ecological sphere for the students of economics. Attending the lectures of the course and participating the seminars’ discussions, students will generate a new vision of economic and social costs of the industry of the region. Through the analysis of current ecological situation in the region students are expected to produce innovative models of economic development both on the level of the region and the particular enterprise.

II. Role of the course in the overall degree curriculum

This course is the introduction to the rather new topic for our department. The course is very suitable to the practical discussions of Siberian local activists awaring of environmental damage.

III. Methods used

The lectures of the environmental economy are added to the interactive seminars where students get an opportunity to analyze the current situation in Russian ecology. The possibilities to be acquainted with the ecological topic helps students to write their research papers and support their civil initiatives.

IV. Course content


A brief history of interrelations between economic and environmental thought. Ecological Economics as a discipline.

LECTURE 2. The historical development of Ecological Economics

Classical economic paradigms (Smith, Malthus, Ricardo, Mill). K.Boulding and ‘Spaceship Earth’. The concept of sustainable economic growth & development.

LECTURE 3. The approaches to environmental evaluation. The market model of environmental management; Sustainable economy model; Fixed standard.

LECTURE 4. Economic and environmental values. The meaning of environmental valuation; Total economic value and decision-making; empirical measures of option & existence value.

LECTURE 5. Decision-making process: theoretical models.

Cost-benefit analysis, its methodology, case studies, and limitations. Environmental Impact Assessment, social constituent of the environmental impact. Multicriteria Appraisal. National Income Accounting.

LECTURE 6. Waste and Pollution.

The level of pollution, pollution and social optimality. The market regulation of the pollution level. Measuring environmental damage and pollution-control.

LECTURE 7. Pollution-control policy.

Pollution-control policy in mixed economies, in Russia, and in the region. Municipal waste management: landfill tax, recycling subsidies.

LECTURE 8-9. Taxation & optimal pollution.

Existing standards, taxes, subsidies; Optimal Pigovian tax; The inefficiency of standard-setting; pollution reduction subsidies

LECTURE 10. The notion of resources in ecological economy.

Renewable and exhaustible resources. Models of renewable resource exploitation.

LECTURE 11. The fundamental principle of exhaustible resource use.

The optimal resource use, resource prices.

LECTURE 12. Preservation & conservation.

Irreversibility & sustainability; Krutilla-Ficher algorithm; Safe minimum standards.

LECTURE 13. Environmental monitoring & menedgement.

The organization of environmental monitoring; The aim and missions.

LECTURE 14. The conclusion.

V. Reading

  1. Barrow, C. J. Environmental Management. Routledge: London and New York, 1999, 326 p
  2. Edwards-Jones G., Davies B., Hussain S., Ecological Economics an introduction, Blackwell Science Ltd, 2000.
  3. Gilpin, Alan. Dictionary of environment and sustainable development. John Wiley&Sons, 1996, 247 p.
  4. Guseva T.V., Vinichenko V.N., Khotuleva M.V., Vasilieva E.A., Zaika E.A., Krasney E.V., Molchanova Ya.P., Pechnikov A.V., Cherp O.V.. How to Organize Public Environmental Monitoring. Manual for NGOs , 1998
  5. Heywood, I., Cornelius, S., Carver S. An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Onword Press, 1998, 296 p.
  6. Methods of Environmental Impact Assessment/ Eds.: P.Morris and R.Therivel. The Natural and Built Environment Series 2. UCL Press, 1995, 378 p.
  7. Pearce, D.W., Turner, R.K. Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment. Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990, 378 p.

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