From the tiny bee hummingbird to the mighty blue whale, every creature has its place within the earth's ecosystem. Conservation is the act of protecting these creatures and the planet's natural resources so that they may persist for future generations.
Our Introduction to Marine and Wildlife Conservation course, which is offered in partnership with Richmond University, aims to equip you with the tools you need to help in achieving this goal. It gives you an understanding of the fundamental theories and knowledge used in the field of conservation, and the skills to analyse protected areas through learning about surveying techniques and data collection.
Skills you’ll acquire
After completing this course you’ll be able to:
- develop foundational skills and understand the terms used in the field of conservation
- draw on information gained through case studies on various topics
- join in-depth discussions around conservation best practice and policies
- understand the measures being taken to conserve earth’s marine and wildlife species.
Is this course for me?
If you have a passion for marine and wildlife conservation then this course will provide you with the foundational skills and understanding you need. From this introductory base, you can easily progress and apply the skills learnt to achieve your conservation-related goals. Whether it be to kickstart a meaningful career in conservation, or through improving your knowledge as a mid-career professional, this course has something in it for you.
The course will start with you learning about the fundamentals of conservation. This includes being introduced to the tools, terminology and key concepts used in the field of conservation, specifically when analysing protected areas and fragile ecosystems. You’ll then go on to learn about the driving forces behind the decline of wildlife and marine biodiversity, and what measures are being taken to halt this decline, in order to ensure that there continues to be a diversity of species, both in the ocean and on land.
Then you’ll explore real-life examples of conservation situations and the relevant case studies outlining the steps taken to address and find solutions to global conservation issues. This will allow you to join in-depth discussions around conservation practices and policies on issues such as climate change, habitat destruction, invasive species and plastic pollution levels.
Next, you’ll learn about scenarios in which positive action has been taken in increasing the population numbers of endangered species, managing protected areas and setting aside areas of habitat for wildlife, plant and marine species.
Finally, you’ll have time to reflect on what can be done to aid in the future of marine and wildlife conservation. This will touch on how contributing to conservation data can help to develop governmental policies in conservation and how working with the support and participation of local communities can ensure the success and sustainability of conservation initiatives.
Orientation to our online course
Module 1: Conservation Introduction to conservation
Module 2: Biodiversity and ecosystem management
Module 3: Key threats and pressures
Module 4: Case studies
Module 5: The future of marine and wildlife conservation
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