Natural Resource Management in Transformation Countries
Transition countries are countries such as for example the successor states of the former Soviet Union who are in transition (transformation) from the centrally planned economy to a market economy system and are often marked by the fundamental change or replacement of the political regime. The transition countries are sometimes counted among the developing countries. Many former transformation countries today are already part of the OECD or EU countries. The framework and challenges for natural resource protection are influenced by economic and political upheaval, while worsening as well as improving the environmental situation in relation to selected parameters. During the visit of a selected region in a transformation country, students will perform a situation analysis with the use of literature and conducting interviews or small empirical social studies. This analysis includes plausible scenarios of local, regional and global change. Based on this analysis, practical management and development proposals will be developed.