The course aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge on the vegetation and habitats of Directive 92/43/EEC (Habitats Directive) for the purposes of biodiversity conservation. To achieve this objective, training in the use of operational tools for vegetation detection, recognition of Natura 2000 habitats and planning of a habitat monitoring plan is necessary. Knowledge of these methods is essential for operating as an environmental botanist, contributing to territorial planning, the design and implementation of actions for the conservation and management of the plant heritage and landscape, participation in environmental restoration interventions and the fulfillment of the prescribed procedures from the Habitats Directive.
At the end of the course the student is expected to have acquired the following skills:
- implement procedures for the identification, survey, monitoring and cartographic representation of vegetation and habitats
- processing of floristic-vegetation data for the evaluation of the state of conservation of vegetation and habitats
- identify ecological factors, pressures and threats affecting vegetation and habitats and develop measures for the conservation of plant biodiversity
- implement the technical procedures relating to the Habitats Directive and the Natura 2000 Network.