Advanced Biodiversity Conservation

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Course Code: 
FBM 7203
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 2
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Academic Programs: 
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

Biodiversity as a renewable resource; Role of biodiversity in ecosystem processes and resilience; Biodiversity in various ecosystems: biodiversity levels; Biodiversity along ecological gradients and in succession processes; Biodiversity and ecosystem management and conservation; Strategies for biodiversity conservation; International conventions for biodiversity conservation and compliance. 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course students should be able to;

  • Apply field methods of assessment of biodiversity at different levels (genes, species and ecosystems), along gradients, and methods of analysis of biodiversity data.
  • Explain the importance of biodiversity as a renewable resource and factors influencing the ‘renewable’ nature of biodiversity in various ecosystems (natural and managed).
  • Outline the importance of biodiversity in ecosystem processes as well as ecosystem resilience.
  • Outline current challenges of conserving biodiversity amidst poverty and other competing land/resource uses.
  • Explain the importance of international conventions and agreements (e.g. CBD and CITES) in the conservation of Biodiversity.
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