Since 2010 the Ecosystem Management Research Group of the University of Antwerp (Belgium) organizes a course on ‘Conservation and Society’. This is part of the international Master programme ‘Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration’. The course covers the themes of sustainability, ethics, valuation of nature, conservation targets, choosing between targets, measuring the degree of success, and instruments.
From 2010 to 2018 I offered an annual guest lecture as part of the theme ‘instruments’, covering international biodiversity treaties. This included a brief history of nature conservation policy, an overview of the key global (e.g. Ramsar Convention and UN Convention on Biological Diversity) and European (non-EU) treaties (e.g. the Council of Europe’s Bern Convention) and their characteristics, and insights into science-policy interaction. This was followed by a facilitated exercise on the theme. In those nine years I have been teaching some 200 students from around the world.