The course presents an overview of biodiversity management in an international perspective. It is divided into three modules:
- 1. Introduction to international environmental management, with emphasis on biodiversity
- 2a. International conventions aiming to protect biodiversity including EU work related to nature conservation
- 2b. Other agreements and conservation tools which are available to nature protection including red lists
- 3. Case study on species, species group or area under protection by environmental agreements
1. Introduction to International Biodiversity Management Governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the globe interact to conserve the Earth's biodiversity. This module concerns the networks of decision-making and implementation in the field of biodiversity. Among the questions covered are: What are the implications of individual state legislation, EU legislation and international treaties? What is the role of NGOs such as IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) and IPBES (International Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services)? What is the difference between a treaty, other types of international agreements, and EU directives and regulations? What is the implication of a state signing and ratifying a treaty? What is the relationship between biodiversity conservation and management of natural resources?
The contents of the following treaties will be studied and their implications discussed:
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) including the Global Taxonomy Initiative(GTI)
- Convention on International Trade with Endangered Species (CITES)
- Ramsar and the World Heritage Conventions
- Convention on Migratory Species o Convention to Combat Desertification
- The Bern Convention and its implications for EU legislation
- EU Habitats Directive (Natura 2000)
- EU Birds Directive
2b. Other agreements and conservation tools
This module will address the issue of intellectual property of biodiversity and a number of practical approaches to avoid loss of biodiversity.
- TEED report on intellectual properties
- Redd+ (Restriction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation - native species; UNEP)
- Red lists (IUCN)
- In situ and ex situ conservation, gene banks, museum collections
Links are made to the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals
3. Case study
In the individual project the focus is on species or areas highlighted in international conventions. For the species or area selected, the student describes the biological background and the particular aspects leading to its position under threat, as well as account for the protection provided by international legislation and agreements. This module is meant to give students an understanding of how scientific knowledge is used in environmental conservation work.
University studies of at least three full years, equal to a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Biology or Environmental Science and at least one in depth course in systematics of 10 credits in any organism group. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.
EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on: http://www.universityadmissions.se
After completion of the course the student is expected to be able to:
Knowledge and Understanding
- account for the global networks of decision-making in the field of biodiversity conservation
- account for the content of international conventions concerning biodiversity
Skills and Abilities
- describe the red list classification system and its scientific background
- account for EU directives and regulations on biological diversity and their implementation
- read and assimilate the technical language used in acts related to the protection of biodiversity
Judgement and Approach
- describe how you, as a biologist, can contribute to a sustainable use of natural resources with emphasis on biological diversity
The course is sustainability-focused, which means that at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the course content meets at least one of the University of Gothenburg’s confirmed sustainability criteria. The content also constitutes the course's main focus.