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Sustainable Island Management

On small islands you will notice a strong connection between people and the sea. Rising sea levels, depletion of corals, higher frequency of natural disasters are big challenges inhabitants of those islands have to cope with, depending on the location. People might worry about the tourism revenue, the economical situation and the future of the island itself. It offers an interesting study situation, but you might be capable of making a difference.

How to organize sustainable island management? That’s what this minor is about. For nine weeks you will be immersed into sustainable island management from different points of view through in workshops and lectures. And you will be actively involved in discussions on the threats, challenges, opportunities and solutions small islands have to cope with.

You will prepare yourself for a project on sustainable island management for a real client. The projects are either ecological or socio-economical. For a fieldtrip during two weeks you can choose between the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Eustatius or an island closer to home like a Wadden island. Additional costs apply for both fieldtrip options.

Added value:

Students learn about the threats, challenges, opportunities and solutions small islands have to cope with. They will think about sustainable island management that could make a difference to people living there. Not only will this minor enlarge your knowledge and skills, it might also benefit the economical and environmental situation on the island.



At the end of this minor the student:
1. Can explain which challenges often occur on small islands;
2. Can explain which management tools can be applied to achieve sustainable small island use;
3. Can explain which research tools can be applied to answer ecological and/or socio-economic research question;
4. Can research an ecological or socio-economical question in the field of sustainable island management;
5. Can translate research outcomes into management advice supporting the transition towards sustainable small island use.

Aanvullende informatie

The amount of contact hours differs from week to week.


None, although some background in ecology and economy will be very useful.


Ecology exam (written, individual, mark 0,1), Weight 5
Socio-economy exam (written, individual, mark 0,1), Weight 5
Poster Pitch (oral, individual, mark 0,1 ), Weight 2
Island report (written, group, mark 0,1), Weight 5
Preparation & evaluation (written, individual, mark 0,1), Weight 3
Workfield assignment (written, group, mark 0,1), Weight 10


Information about additional literature will be sent before the start of the minor.


Interactive lectures, excursions, seminars, discussions, workshops, fieldwork:
Lectures 100 sbu
Discussions 100 sbu
Seminars 60 sbu
Self-study 210 sbu
To be determined 140 sbu
Workshops 70 sbu
Fieldwork 160 sbu