Courses Catalogue

Conservation Planning & Management

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

The course covers threats faced by different species of biodiversity, IUCN conservation categories; examples of species in each category; different approaches to conservation; priority setting in nature reserve design; island biogeography theory; advantages and disadvantages of national parks conservation areas and game corridors; Human-wildlife conflict; different methods used to minimize human-wildlife conflict; molecular approaches in natural resource conservation and management.


Ecosystems are losing their value at a fast rate yet the universe can not survive without them. This course will therefore guide the students to appreciate the major eco-regions of the world and learn how to promote their conservation.


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

Discuss the implications of human population explosion on biodiversity Describe the characteristics of the world’s `ecoregions

 Explain the criteria for placing different species in the IUCN conservation categories.

 Explain the island biogeography theory and how it relates to nature reserve design. Explain the causes of Human-wildlife conflict. Discuss the different approaches to mitigate human wildlife conflict

 Discuss how molecular genetic approaches can be integrated in natural resource conservation and management.


A student completing the course is expected to:

Discuss policies, laws and institutions relevant to conservation of biological diversity

Prepare general management plans, operational plans, site plans, finance planning etc for protected area management

 Discuss the principles and need for integrated regional planning and international cooperation in conservation practice.

Describe conservation issues in and outside protected areas including ex-situ in-situ conservation, agrobiodiversity conservation, traditional knowledge system conservation etc.