Economics of Biodiversity Conservation - DICE8880

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


Effective biodiversity conservation relies on a critical understanding of the linkages between the social, economic and ecological systems. In this module you will be introduced to key economic theories and concepts and how they relate to environmental and conservation issues. Using problem-based learning approach, we will explore the economic causes of conservation conflicts and biodiversity loss, and apply a whole systems approach to identify possible solutions. The design of this module along the principles of problem-based active learning means that a high level of student preparation and engagement is expected throughout the course. This module does not require previous training in economics.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20

Private study hours: 130

Total study hours: 150


Optional to the following courses:
• MSc Conservation Biology
• MSc Conservation and International Wildlife Trade
• MSc Conservation and Rural Development
• MSc Conservation Project Management

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Written assignment (2000 words) 80%
Class presentation (20%)

Reassessment: 100% coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic economic concepts as they relate to biodiversity conservation
2. Discuss the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss in relation to economic activity
3. Discuss and critically evaluate economic tools and techniques, and market-based mechanisms applied in biodiversity conservation.
4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of current debates about the economics of environmental and biodiversity conservation issues.
5. Critically evaluate the application of economic principles in contemporary biodiversity conservation policies.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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