The definite course program will be provided after successful application.

CategorySpecificationModule title
Semester 1
CategorySpecificationSemester 1 - MODULE TITLE
GeneralGeneral knowledgeEnglish language course
Introductory lecture in interdisciplinary for environmental management: the science-policy interfaceThe MSc WABES: A Master On the Science Policy Interface for BES
Different approaches to scientific knowledge production: disciplinary, interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary
Relations between science and politics: Historic and case studies in West Africa
IPBES: History (Introduction to Intergovernmental Science-Policy initiatives), objectives and function
Basic (specific) knowledgeBasic concepts on environmental sciencesBasic concepts on biodiversity and ecosystem services from terrestrial, wetland and marine environments
Basic concepts on climate systems and climate change
Basic concepts on environmental sociology and anthropology
Basic concepts of environmental economics
Basic concepts on environmental legal and political frameworks
Methodological knowledgeData management in environmental sciencesKnowledge, information & data management (introduction to the following courses)
Applied statistics to biological sciences/sampling and data analysis
Applied statistic to socio-economic sciences/Sampling and data analysis methods in social sciences
Introduction to applied GIS
Good practices in environmental science
Principle of good scientific practices / ethics
Introduction to Methods in interdisciplinary research
Field Immersion
(Practical, data collection in institutions…)Student visits to BES-relevant institutions
Semester 2
CategorySpecificationSemester 2 - MODULE TITLE
Basic (specific) knowledgeIntroduction to taxonomy of organismsPlants taxonomy
Animal taxonomy
Micro-organism taxonomy
Sustainable management of biodiversityBiodiversity management (strategies)
Biodiversity & ESS Governance
Traditional knowledge and practice in biodiversity management
Agro-biodiversity and Agroforestry
Below-ground biodiversity
Methodological KnowledgeScenarios and models in environmental sciencesScenarios & Models (core): Introduction to using models in policy development
Scenarios & Models case study 1: transformation studies/transition management
Scenarios & Models case study 2: Biodiversity dynamic and climate change
Scenarios & Models case study 3: climate models and scenarios
Scenarios & Models case study 4: Socio-economic modelling
Scenarios & Models case study 5: ecosystem functioning and population dynamic
Scenarios & Models (core): Modelling socio-ecological systems
Key interdisciplinary methods in environmental sciencesMethods of knowledge co-production/participatory methods
Methods for ecosystem services measurement and (integrated) valuation
General knowledgeEnvironmental impact assessment and sustainable developmentEnvironmental and social impact studies
The concepts of resilience in environmental sciences
Green economy as tool for sustainable development
Soft skills for environmental managementSocio-ecological systems: from concepts to applications
Diverse conceptualizations of values
Project Management (example of biodiversity management)
Field immersionField course in Comoe & Lamto
(Practical data collection in the field)
Semester 3
CategorySpecificationSemester 3 - MODULE TITLE
General knowledge (applications)Case studies on implementation of interdisciplinary research in policy for sustainable development in West AfricaIntegration of socio-ecological concepts in environmental policies
Integration of Ecosystem services concepts to existing initiatives (PPPs in West Africa / cross-sectoral policies)
Lessons learned from inter- and trans-disciplinary research projects in West Africa
Applied ecology for sustainable development: agriculture and sustainable cities in AfricaUsing IPBES to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable development goals in West Africa
Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: theory, experience and application
Urbanization and urban ecology: sustainable cities in West Africa
Specific (basic) knowledgeIPBES Assessment: challenges for West Africa (how can we improve West African contribution to IPBES Assessments)Plants-animals interactions: case study of pollination as an important ES in West Africa; also history about the IPBES pollination assessment
Upcoming IPBES assessments ("Thematic assessment on sustainable use of biodiversity", "Thematic assessment of invasive alien species", "Diverse conceptualisations of values…"
Global land ecologyLand degradation , restoration & management (reflecting on the IPBES assessment, GLP, ...)
Landscape Ecology
Methodological knowledgeIPBES assessment methodologyMethods and tools to conduct an IPBES assessment
Scientific soft skills and data managementPresenting science to different audiences (How to write a scientific paper, how to deliver a scientific presentation, how to present scientific results to the public)
Funding science and science policy interface work (Career planning, scientific project proposal development, fund raising for science policy interface work)
Becoming a conservation leader - social interaction skills (Leadership skills, networking skills, intercultural collaboration)
Bioinformatics and data management: example on existing initiatives (GBIF, JRS Biodiversity foundation
Student workshop : Analysis and validation of master research proposals
Semester 4 - Thesis
Semester 4
CategorySpecificationSemester 4 - MODULE TITLE
Thesis/Dissertation/Final project & defence