International & National Conservation Policy

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International & National Conservation Policy

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Studies, Public Policy Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course has a minimum enrollment requirement of 8 students in order to run.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Overview of policy development process as it applies to conservation & environmental management. Conservation policy in both international & national context.
    Course Introduction
    • We review the history of the development of conservation thinking, and the development of the frameworks of international and national conservation treaties and policies, delving into the practical issues and constraints facing effective policy development.
    • As examples, we focus at the international level on the United Nations Conventions on the Conservation of Biological Diversity and the Framework Convention on Climate Change.
    • At the national level we examine endangered species policy in Australia and the USA, and at the state level for land clearing laws and protected area policies in Queensland.
    • We examine the process by which international agreements influence (or otherwise) policy formulation within individual countries and the key drivers for national conservation policy.
    • Emphasis is on group collaboration to research, produce and present briefings on key issues.
    • We meet experienced policy makers and discuss practical policy development with them.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Explain the major pressures and their impacts on biodiversity and the main types of policy responses taken at international and national levels.
    • Identify key players in international and national conservation policy development and discuss their roles, perspectives and approaches.
    • Explain the development and operation of the main conservation relevant treaties and analyze their respective strengths, limitations, and current concerns.
    • Identify and explain the main conservation issues and policy responses for selected countries including Australia, and articulate how those responses are connected to international agreements and treaties.
    • Articulate the constraints on development of conservation policy, analyze effectiveness of policy responses, and develop ways to improve policy effectiveness within given constraints.
    Class Contact
    2 Lecture hours, 1 Contact hour
    Assessment Summary
    Presentation: 10%
    Paper (analysis of Aichi Targets): 20%
    Paper (Conservation NGO briefing for government): 20%
    Final Exam: 50%

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