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Sustainable Island Management

On small islands the connection between people and the sea is very strong. Problems are clearly present and the coast and sea inescapable. How do you keep economic advantage on islands when talking about recreation and tourism? Rising sea levels, depletion of corals, rising frequency of natural disasters are big challenges islands have to cope with. In the first 9 weeks of the minor you will be immersed into sustainable island management from a people, planet, profit point of view through e.g. workshops and interactive lectures. You are encouraged and expected to read and analyse relevant scientific literature and will be actively involved in discussions. A diverse set of cases will be presented to you covering threats, challenges, opportunities and solutions small islands have to cope with. Several exams are included in this module to assess your obtained skills and knowledge. All of this will prepare you for a project on sustainable island management that you will have to carry out for a real client. The minor consists of a 2-week during fieldtrip whereby you can choose between the Dutch Caribbean island of St Eustatius or an island closer to home like a Wadden island. The projects are either ecological or socio-economical. You will also have to write down its significance for a local community.


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 questions.
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

In case of a low number of applications for the minor, the minor may not be offered. After closing the registration period, you will be informed as soon as possible (no later than 7 June 2019).


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


Check moodlerooms for information about additional literature.


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