The project “Green Terra Development” is designed for students of Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography (MIIGAiK) who study architecture, urban planning, territory management, and land law, remote sensing technology, and research of natural resources, technologies of environmental monitoring, etc. and do not automatically come into contact with European studies. However, this site is created as an Open Learning Resource for Education for Sustainable Development (OLR4ESD) where every teacher and every student interested in the principles of sustainable development can find materials for teaching and learning.
The student training requires a systematic view of the development of territories in the context of global trends of sustainable development policy. Global problems, including problems of protection of the environment, affecting all of us, are common to all countries and peoples, and require a concerted international response, in accordance with the General principles and coherent policy in the long term. The EU was instrumental in shaping the global 2030 Agenda, which is fully consistent with Europe's vision and has now become the world's blueprint for global sustainable development. The 17 strategic development goals (SDGs) and their 169 associated targets are global in nature, universally applicable, and interlinked. All countries, developed and developing alike, have a shared responsibility to achieve the SDGs. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is based on a global partnership involving all stakeholders, requires mobilization of all means of implementation, and a strong follow-up. The 2030 Agenda provides an opportunity for the EU to strongly anchor its strategic orientation in the global effort to build a sustainable future, which the Union has co-shaped together with its partners. The SDGs are being pursued through many of the EU's policies and integrated in all the Commission's ten priorities. Implementation of EU SD policy is the most balanced, represent a model of international coordinated management and development of territories of the EU countries, taking into account regional characteristics and in accordance with the EU SD policy the same time. The 17 SDGs provide qualitative and quantitative objectives for the next 15 years to prepare ourselves for the future and work towards human dignity, stability, a healthy planet, fair and resilient societies, and prosperous economies. They help steer a convergence process between the Member States, within societies, and with the rest of the world. Therefore, the study and dissemination of ideas, principles, initiatives of EU SD policy, and practical solutions in the land administration are important for forming a system green worldview, developing a green economy in every country, incl. Russia, especially in higher vocational education (development of green education). Investment in quality education and training (SDG 4 of 2030 Agenda) and in young people is crucial to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth. Prosperity and way of life are based upon the greatest asset: the people. Investment in green education of young people let us form a young generation with a green Outlook and green skills in the profession.
The main objectives of this module:
— To enrich the curricula with studies of European values, approaches to solving global environmental problems, EU case studies in territory development in accordance with the EU principles of sustainable development;
— To equip students with knowledge of EU Legal, Political and Land Administrative Studies for sustainable development (including socio-humanitarian, ecological and economic aspects) that is relevant for their academic and professional lives and enhance their civic skills;
— To form system green outlook of students to socio-economical territory development and solving the problems on local/regional/global level;
— To promote innovative multi-disciplinary studies;
— To promote in Russia the integrated, interdisciplinary approach to sustainable territory development according to SDGs and EU principles;
— To foster the engagement of young academics in teaching and research on European policy and land administration practice for sustainable development.
How to take part in the project
In addition to sessions that will be organized for undergraduates of MIIGAiK in the framework of training areas "Architecture and Urbanism", "Real Estate Management and Territory Development", individual topics of the module will be included in the program in ecology for the students of other areas of training.