Courses Catalogue

Protected Areas Management

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description



The course introduces protected area management (PAM) as a form of environmental management focusing on land and / or fresh/ sea water, mountains, and other physical features, dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biological diversity, and natural resources which can be managed through legal or other effective means. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental roles and responsibilities of governments and other key players such as NGOs, the private sector or local communities, in the establishment and management of protected area systems.




The need to provide students with an overall view on the classification, development, planning and management of protected areas. At the end of the course students would be able to make independent appraisal on the planning and management of different types of protected areas.




By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain a range of theoretical and applied options related to national strategies, forms of management regimes, management objectives and the means of meeting those objectives regarding protected areas
  • Discuss the various types of protected areas that include: national parks, provincial / state parks, biosphere reserves, conservation areas, environmentally sensitive areas and marine protected areas, and national forests / forest reserves and their management procedures, for developing world
  • Classify and discuss the evolution of protected area management in the world, in particular developing countries and have an in-depth analysis of the genesis of legal / institutional frame works for protected areas in Africa




A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge of:

§  History, classification and functions of protected areas

§  Designation criteria and planning principles of protected areas

§  Techniques and tools in the management of protected areas

§  Situation of protected areas in Hong Kong and some Asian countries.

§  Analytical ability to integrate information from different sources

§  Field assessment and application of designation criteria

§  Ability to write an independent project based on data collected in the field on protected areas

§  Making independent appraisal on the planning and management of different types of protected areas