Env. Management & Conservation
Environmental Management & Conservation 2023-24
School of Environmental & Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 1
Introduction to environmental management and conservation (why is it important, who does it and where does it occur). The concepts of landscape multipurpose land-use, interpretation and evaluation. Environmental ethics, conflicts and rights. Introduction to marine conservation issues and to agri-environment schemes. There will be a field trip to view examples of conflicts between conservation and other land uses. Methods to assess impacts on the environment (e.g. carbon footprints, environmental impact assessment). A look at the tools available to reduce environmental impacts, and the importance of good environmental management. There will be a field trip to see how the impacts of large industrial projects are being managed and reduced. Economics and the environment: what’s the relationship? The economic problem and the importance of economics. How individual decisions add up to form social phenomena. Fundamentals of economic analysis. Markets, market failures and interventions. Institutions, incentives and interventions by governments. Growth and trade. Using economic analysis to understand the world and inform decisions. There will be a field trip to illustrate economic issues in the environment.
-threshold -Grade D- to C+The student displays a basic understanding of the principles and practices of environmental management and conservation. Most of the key issues are identified but there may be some omissions or gaps in understanding. Links between theory and practice are not well developed.
-good -Grade B- to B+In addition to the above: the student should demonstrate an understanding of the principles of environmental management and conservation and the relevant policy and legislative frameworks within which they operate. They should also display an understanding of how environmental auditing and assessment influence current practice by private and public bodies. The student is able to evaluate and compare different methods of EIA and construct a satisfactory EIA for a given scenario. The student is able to demonstrate a good grasp of basic economic analyses.
-excellent -Grade A- and aboveThe student demonstrates a comprehensive knowledge of the different aspects of environmental management and conservation. There are no major areas omitted and the student demonstrates an ability to critically analyse and evaluate relevant information. Evidence of considerable effort and thought to construct an EIA for a given scenario of high standard, demonstrating an excellent grasp of all major issues. An ability to conduct basic economic analyses to a high standard.
- Appreciate the application of techniques to manage the impacts of development on the environment.
- Structure a written report from a range of sources.
- Understand fundamental economic concepts and be able to use these concepts to analyse contemporary environmental issues.
- Understand the institutional framework within which land is managed for environmental purposes in the UK and in the wider context.
- Understand the interdisciplinary nature of conservation.
- Understand the issues associated with multipurpose land use.
This assessment will help you develop your scientific writing skills and demonstrate your ability to apply what you have learnt in the conservation part of the module to new questions.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
This assessment will test your understanding and ability to apply your knowledge for all three parts of the course (conservation, environmental management and environmental economics) using multiple choice questions. The second part will assess your scientific writing skills and further test your understanding of the environmental management and economics parts of the course.