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Public Goods

Public Goods

Release Date: October 2020


Professional Accreditation: IEMA (as part of MSc)


Lead Organisation: IBERS, Aberystwyth University


Content

What are public goods? How might they affect your business?

The concept of public goods is becoming increasingly important in national and international legislation and could affect any business that may have an impact on the environment. So what are public goods and why do you need to know about them? The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011) describes a public good as “a good or service in which the benefit received by any one party does not diminish the availability of the benefits to others, and where access to the good cannot be restricted”. Public goods encompass other terms you may have encountered such as biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital and could include a whole host of benefits such as clean air, a good view or healthy soils.

This module is aimed at:

  • policy makers,
  • knowledge exchange professionals,
  • any business that has an impact on the environment

List of Units

What are public goods?
  • Describe and compare the different uses of the term ‘public goods’ and related concepts
  • Identify key public goods relating to agricultural production
Soil and Water
  • Assess the public goods roles of soil and water and how they interact
  • Describe the challenges to maintaining the public goods roles of soil and water
  • Summarize the key requirements for maintaining the public goods roles of soil and water
  • Evaluate the role of farming in soil and water management
Air
  • Assess the public goods roles of air
  • Describe the challenges to maintaining the public goods roles of air
  • Summarize the key requirements for maintaining the public goods roles of the air
  • Evaluate the role of farming in relation to greenhouse gas emissions and clean air
Biodiversity
  • Assess the public goods roles of biodiversity
  • Describe the challenges to maintaining the public goods roles of biodiversity
  • Summarize the key requirements for maintaining the public goods roles of biodiversity
  • Evaluate the role of farming in relation to biodiversity
Culture
  • Assess the public goods roles of culture
  • Describe the challenges to maintaining the public goods roles of culture
  • Summarize the key requirements for maintaining the public goods roles of culture
  • Evaluate the role of farming in relation to culture
Health
  • Assess the public goods roles of health
  • Describe the challenges to maintaining the public goods roles of health
  • Summarize the key requirements for maintaining the public goods roles of health
  • Evaluate the role of farming in relation to health
Systems perspective on public goods
  • Examine how key public goods interact
  • Critique current practical measures to protect and enhance public goods
Valuing public goods
  • Describe different types of value and their relevance to key public goods
  • Appraise the values behind key public goods initiatives in the UK
Governing public goods provision
  • Describe and compare different theories of governance for public goods
  • Investigate the motivations of institutions and individuals to enhance the provision of public goods
  • Critique the main approaches to governing key public goods in the UK
The future of public goods
  • Assess the outlook for the provision of key public goods
  • Apply your knowledge of public goods to evaluate new approaches to their management

Tutors

Tutors Name
Dr Richard Kipling
Dr Sarah Watson-Jones