18 August 2017
International Nature Conservation
This course will help students understand some of the key debates going on in conservation science at the present time. The themes to be addressed broadly follow the highest ranked on the responses in the paper '100 most important questions in conservation science' by Professor William Sutherland and others. This paper in Conservation Biology represents the collective wisdom of more than 700 active conservation scientists and conservation practitioners. As such it is regarded as a good basis for planning the elements of an International Nature Conservation Masters Course.
The module structure of the course follows the general framework of a) State of biodiversity, habitats and ecosystem services; 2) Pressures on species, habitats and ecosystem services and 3) human Responses to conserve species, habitats and ecosystem services. Much use will be made of papers and examples from around the world. Detailed themes follow issues such as: 1) Why should we measure trends in Biodiversity and how does this help us achieve conservation?; 2) How do we balance conservation with the need to extract natural resources to support peoples livelihood and national economies?; 3) How is general biological theory used in conservation?; 4) Do we know which are the best ways to save nature?; 5) How does biology interface with social science and politics to achieve conservation goals? 6) Are conservationists winning or losing the battle to save wild nature? The course will contain examples from different geographical scales; from Denmark, the European Union, and globally. Guest lectures will be invited to illustrate particular themes, and more especially to link the scientific base within the formal lectures to the real world situations on the ground and within national and international policy.
DKK 6375: Guiding price for EU/EEA citizens. For additional information about the final price, please contact the department that offers the course in question.