Thematic Area 4:
This area provides specific competencies for understanding water and environmental policy and legislation, with an emphasis on EU legislation and the Water Framework Directive (WFD), policy making and social processes and the role of public participation in the decision making process. Furthermore it develops an understanding of environmental assessment, its components, the different techniques widely used and how they can contribute to sustainable development. Specific capacities are developed for identifying, formulating and analysing an environmental management problem, such as coastal zone management,
as well as for critically assessing research method, data quality, analytical processes and results. Further to reporting and presentation, IT and independent learning skills being improved, project management and consultation skills are also developed.
The modules included in Thematic Area 4 are: