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UP-112 Indigenous Groups, Oil Industry and Ecosystem Conservation in Biodiversity Hotspots – Field Studies

Period P1 - Universidad San Francisco de Quito, EcuadorYear 1
UP-112Indigenous Groups, Oil Industry and Ecosystem Conservation in Biodiversity Hotspots – Field Studies2 ECTSPeriod P1USFQ
Objectives:During this module, students will visit the Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS), in the core of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve, currently recognized as one of the forest with the greatest biodiversity in the world. While visiting TBS, students will learn about the main ecological characteristics of the tropical rain forests that dominate this region, and about the socio-economic history that has shaped the current situation of this protected area. This field trip will be complemented with a “toxic tour”, through old oil-extraction areas in which poor management has lead to social unrest and environmental deterioration.

Outcomes:This module is specifically designed to get the students thinking about the implications of biodiversity conservation and ecological science in the context of human groups which live and depend on fragile ecosystems, and whose culture is constantly changing under the influence of economic interests, and conservation or development pressures of very different nature.
CompulsoryTaught in ENPure
EvaluationWorkload : 50 hours
Written ExamLecture
Oral ExamSeminar10
Report100%Practice20
Scientific ProductionTotal30h
DefenceFieldYes