Conservation & Environmental Management BEN201

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Understand conservation management for different environments. Develop a foundation for managing conservation of different environments. The course reviews basic ecology and environmental problems such as pollution and land degradation before considering varying aspects of conservation. Course Structure

There are 8 lessons as follows:

  1. An Introduction To Ecology
  2. A Perspective On Environmental Problems
  3. Pollution & Industry Effects On The Environment
  4. Water & Soil
  5. Vegetation Conservation & Management
  6. Animal Conservation & Management
  7. Marine Conservation & Management
  8. The Future

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school\'s tutors and ret…

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Understand conservation management for different environments. Develop a foundation for managing conservation of different environments. The course reviews basic ecology and environmental problems such as pollution and land degradation before considering varying aspects of conservation. Course Structure

There are 8 lessons as follows:

  1. An Introduction To Ecology
  2. A Perspective On Environmental Problems
  3. Pollution & Industry Effects On The Environment
  4. Water & Soil
  5. Vegetation Conservation & Management
  6. Animal Conservation & Management
  7. Marine Conservation & Management
  8. The Future

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school\'s tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

What you will do in this Course

Here are some examples of what you may do:

  • Describe ecological processes and associated sustainable management techniques.
  • Investigate a specific environmental problem and provide possible solutions.
  • Evaluate the relationship between industry and pollution.
  • Discuss principles of water and soil management.
  • Select a specific type of plant that is endangered or an environmental problem and submit a case study.
  • Explain animal conservation strategies, including protection legislation, breeding programs and habitat conservation.
  • Discuss a specific issue that applies to marine conservation.
  • Develop profiles of three different conservation and/or environment lobby group organisations and procedures used in promoting their cause.

SAMPLE COURSE NOTES

Viewed from some distant observation platform, such as the moon, which is 384,000 kilometres away from earth, the earth looks exceptionally beautiful. However, a traveller from some distant planet would know that the crew of space ship earth is already far too large, and expanding at an alarming rate. The breathing system and the water supplies are becoming polluted. Waste materials of every kind are causing pollution, and threatening the operation of nature itself. The threat to the existence of life on the planet is steadily growing. Therefore each member of the crew must realise that the elements of the earth are exhaustible and they will not last forever. Therefore, it is necessary for each and every person to take an active part in conservation and the reduction of waste.

This course will help you to develop a foundation for managing conservation of different environments. It reviews basic ecology and environmental problems such as pollution and land degradation before considering varying aspects of conservation.

Ecological Concepts

Knowing the basic components of an ecosystem leads to learning of the basic ecological

concepts. Different authors might list concepts in different ways, however, the following are

basic, universally accepted and essential to any ecosystem:

  • The sun is the source of all energy. All energy in any organisms originally came from the sun. Other energies in the environment also originated from the sun (eg. wind, tides, water cycle, light, etc). The sun warms the earth, and provides energy for photosynthesis in plants. The synthesis of carbon compounds through photosynthesis converts sunlight energy into chemical energy that directly, or indirectly, provides food for almost all other organisms.
  • Everything is connected to everything else. All living things interact with other things (both living and not living) in their environment. The climate affects the living things in an area. The plants influence the insect population and the insects eat the fish ... and on it goes.
  • Everything must fit how and where it lives. \'Adaption\' is the key word of this concept! (ie: Unless a species adapts to a situation, it will not survive). A principle related to this concept is the \'Dam Law\'. The Dam Law states.... \'die, adapt or move\'.
  • Everything is going somewhere and becoming something else. We can never really throw it away. An ecosystem is dynamic; in a constant state of change. In death there is no waste matter ... it is continually recycled among biotic or abiotic components. Rocks are worn down into soil, soil is used by plants, changed, moved and leached by the forces of the environment etc.
  • All action has a consequence. For every action there is a reaction. For every event there is a consequence. There is a delicate balance of nature between producers and consumers which allows both to exist. If this interrelationship becomes and remains unbalanced, one and/or both members of the interrelationship will die.

Viewed from some distant observation platform, such as the moon, which is 384,000 kilometres away from earth, the earth looks exceptionally beautiful. However, a traveller from some distant planet would know that the crew of space ship earth is already far too large, and expanding at an alarming rate. The breathing system and the water supplies are becoming polluted. Waste materials of every kind are causing pollution, and threatening the operation of nature itself. The threat to the existence of life on the planet is steadily growing. Therefore each member of the crew must realise that the elements of the earth are exhaustible and they will not last forever. Therefore, it is necessary for each and every person to take an active part in conservation and the reduction of waste.

This course will help you to develop a foundation for managing conservation of different environments. It reviews basic ecology and environmental problems such as pollution and land degradation before considering varying aspects of conservation.

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