Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability (ENVS 822.3)

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A graduate level course designed to introduce students in an integrative manner to the field of biodiversity conservation and how to apply its principles to best promote sustainability. Understanding biodiversity and its management requires an interdisciplinary approach with particular reference to mechanisms of change and human impacts on the environment. This course will be interdisciplinary in its approach. The course will focus on: biodiversity (definition, types of biodiversity, distribution, economic and social value); threats to biodiversity (habitat loss, exotic species and their impacts, climate change); and conservation of biodiversity (species at risk, habitats, protected areas). This course will also review social, ethical and policy issues surrounding biodiversity conservation and management (international approaches and agreements, national strategy and regulations for Canada, Saskatchewan provincial regulations), including traditional knowledge.

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