GEOG055 Rural Matrix
CORE COURSE GEOGG055 – RURAL MATRIX
(15 credits; Term 1)
This module introduces students to the biodiversity conservation and agri-environment policies in which many rural biodiversity conservation issues in the UK are framed, with a particular focus on uplands.
- Introduce the policy framework for rural conservation, particularly national (England/Wales), European and international policies for biodiversity conservation and European-national agri-environment schemes;
- Outline of particular priorities and challenges of upland conservation;
- Consideration of the different uses in an upland National Park and the issues in reconciling different priorities.
Essay (maximum 2000 words) on the prospects for nature conservation in the UK’s uplands, with a particular focus on Snowdonia National Park.
This course is revolves around a six day residential field study in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, involving input from various Snowdonia National Park Authority Officers. This is preceded by introductory lectures on biodiversity policy, agri-environment and upland conservation issues.
- Understand the International-national policy framework for rural conservation, particularly biodiversity conservation and agri-environment policies;
- Understand the challenges of and priorities for upland conservation;
- Detailed understanding of the many priorities for the use of an upland national park and the challenges of reconciling them in the context of relevant political priorities and policies.