Conservation & Protected Areas Management in Africa
This MOOC is about areas that are dedicated to protecting nature - “protected areas.” The coursework explores how they work and why they are so important in maintaining the health of the environment in our fast-developing world; particularly in Africa.
This course will help you learn about conservation challenges in Africa and how protected areas can help face them - from the local level to an international scale. These topics will be explored using best practices from the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and case studies from the field coming from all over the African continent.
The course is composed of seven thematic modules (key concepts, planning, governance, management effectiveness, specificities of management, financing, and topical issues) that include videos (introduction, five themes, one video on a convention related to PA and a conclusion), readings, training quizzes (optional) and exams (one per week - compulsory for the certificate track).
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Who should attend?
Calculus and Differential equations at the level of a bachelor in physics, math, or electrical engineering.
- Protected areas concepts
- Planning of protected areas
- Governance of protected areas
- Effectiveness of protected areas
- Specificities of protected area management
- Sustainable funding
- Cross-cutting themes with protected areas
Course delivery details
This course is offered through Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, a partner institute of EdX.
2-4 hours per week
- Verified Track -$50
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- How protected areas work
- Why protected areas are so important in maintaining the health of the environment in a fast-developing world (particularly in Africa)
- The challenges of conservation in Africa
- The planning process for establishing protected areas
- How the effectiveness of a protected area is assessed
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