Award: 10 credits at Level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: November 2013

ZOOL40410 Natural Heritage Conservation

This core module provides a broad introduction to natural heritage in a World Heritage context and explores biodiversity and its origins in the natural world. The module deals with how biodiversity is distributed across the globe and the role of the World Heritage Convention in biodiversity conservation. Topics include natural heritage values, benefits of biodiversity, threats to natural World Heritage properties, biodiversity loss, governance and biodiversity conservation. It considers sustainable development and the issues arising from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Best practices in the nomination and protection of natural heritage properties will also be reviewed as well as the role of alternative international conventions such as Ramsar and CITES.