Conservation Policy and Practice - WCON5450

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Zoe Davies checkmark-circle


The module will examine the way in which biodiversity conservation activities are widely implemented in practice and on the ground, particularly by organisations for which conservation is not the primary focus. As such, relevant regulatory and voluntary principles that govern the conservation actions of businesses and governments will be explored, alongside some of the more influential multilateral conservation policies.

The pathways by which scientific evidence is integrated into policy and practice will be illustrated using some case studies. Consultation processes, as well as the role of government and non-government organisations in formulating and implementing policy and practice will be explored.

Ultimately, the goal of the module is to better equip students to practice conservation in a non-conservation organisational setting once they have completed their courses.


Contact hours

Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 150


Compulsory for:
• BSc Wildlife Conservation

Optional for:
• BSc Human Geography
• BA Environmental Social Science/ Environment and Sustainability
• BSc Anthropology

Also available as an elective module

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Case-study (2,000 words) (40%)
Examination, 2-hour (60%)

Reassessment method
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*Exams will be in-person*

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Describe key multilateral international policy agreements (e.g. the CBD, CITES, CMS, UNCCD and UN Sustainable Development Goals) and other policy/practice initiatives that are directly relevant to biodiversity conservation
2 Be able to critically evaluate the importance of conservation policy/practice initiatives for protecting and enhancing biodiversity
3 Understand and explain key mechanisms through which governments, business and non-governmental organisations engage with biodiversity impacts in practice
4 Demonstrate a critical awareness of the prominent tools and methods used by governments, business and non-governmental organisations in evaluating, managing and mitigating their biodiversity impacts.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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