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Natural Resource Management in Practice

SDG 14
Dr Jessica Savage

Module Leader

Option - Honours level
Term 2
2 x 1 hour seminars prior to departure to Cambodia
10 days on location in Cambodia

Available to students outside GSD on application

Please note: This module is NOT RUNNING in the 2019-20 academic year.

Principal Aims

This module aims to provide students with real-world experience relating to the (un)sustainable use of natural resources. The module will be taught intensively, on a field course. Students will gain experience in tropical ecosystem ecology, resource assessment and the design, implementation and management of conservation initiatives, and their impacts on local people and communities.

This module will also focus on how international, regional and local policies designed to manage natural resources impact real-world contexts. Students will investigate the impacts of global legislation such as the UN Convention on Biological Diversity on both the natural systems that they were designed to conserve, and the human populations dependent on their resources.

In 2019, The programme will begin with two days of acclimatisation in the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, where students will be exposed to the elements of the history, culture and context of the country. They will then travel to the coast, to a small fishing village, where they will spend seven days learning about the social, economic and environmental factors impacting natural resource management, and sustainable development. The field course will conclude with the completion of a research project linked to issues with environmental resource use, designed and carried out by small groups of students.

In subsequent years, we will endeavour to offer students opportunities to experience either Cambodia or another tropical country.

**Please note, in order to take this module, you must first pass GD317 Natural Resource Management**

Principal Learning Outcomes

Apply key theories from natural resource management research and critique their use in real-world contexts;

Evaluate the effectiveness of conservation strategies, identify barriers to management interventions and propose improvements to current initiatives;

Integrate knowledge of key monitoring techniques to design and conduct a group research project relating to environmental resource issues.

Identify key traits of species identification, taxonomy and indicator status in different habitats to detect change in environmental systems;

Explore the realities of life in a developing community, and understand the contexts and constraints of current governance and policy structures.

Critically reflect on lived experiences and relate these experiences to theoretical knowledge and personal experience