Conservation Planning And Management
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 cannot 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 doctoral student completing the course is expected to:
- Demonstrate understanding of ecological and environmental principles required for management of natural resources for multiple-uses, including (but not limited to) wildlife habitat, water management, ecosystems services, recreation, and livestock production;
- Describe how natural resource management fits into the context of society and how societal factors (e.g., economics, policy, laws, regulations, attitudes, behaviors, norms) influence natural resource management;
- Lead and work with others as appropriate to successfully manage natural resources;
- Demonstrate appropriate use of natural resource field & Lab techniques as well as contemporary technology;
- Analyze and critically evaluate data and other information;
- Effectively communicate (both written and orally) with both scientific and non-scientific audiences; and
- Demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical responsibility that is necessary for a natural resource manager.
- 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.