Plant Conservation

Study plant conservation online. Professional development course for anyone working in or with a passion for plants, the environment, land management and conservation. Protect and manage rare and vulnerable plant species.

Course Code: BHT346
Fee Code: S3
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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Learn to Protect Threatened Plants

  • Contribute professionally or as a volunteer or activist
  • Better manage appropriate conservation initiatives
  • Restore damaged sites
  • Formulate plans

Why Study Plant Conservation?

Here are some of the most compelling reasons why you should study this course.

  • Action is Needed - 25+% of plants are endangered, habitat loss is rampant, 83 % of endangered species are threatened by human activity.
  • Plants are valuable - previously unknown commercial uses are constantly being discovered for plants -many are going extinct before we even know their value.
  • Work Opportunities - Employment, business & career opportunities are getting stronger and more prolific in plant conservation.
  • Climate Protection (mitigating global warming) - Ethical reasons - Conserving wildlife - Protecting the economy.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Plant Conservation
    • Introduction
    • Eight Principles for Conservation Success
    • Raising Awareness
  2. Policy, Legislation, and Organisations
    • International Conventions and Legislation
    • National Conventions and Legislation
    • Conservation Organisations
  3. Protection and Preventing Degradation
    • Protected Areas
    • Planning For Protected Areas
    • How The Red List Is Used
    • Land Sparing and Sharing
    • Weeds
    • Soil Degradation
    • Pollinator Management
  4. Restoration of Damaged Ecosystems
    • Restoring Ecosystems
    • Restoration Projects
    • Principles Of Ecological Restoration
    • Stages Of Ecological Restoration
  5. Restoring Populations
    • Establishing A New Self-Propagating Population
    • Long-Term Storage of Germplasm
    • A Successful Case-Study – The International Conifer Conservation Programme
    • The Pivotal Role of Horticulture in Plant Conservation
  6. Genetic Conservation
    • Assessment Of Genetic Diversity in Plants
    • Need For Germ Plasm Conservation
    • Germplasm Storage and Conservation
    • Recording And Recalling Evolutionary History
  7. Ecosystem Conservation
    • Ecosystem Conservation – Pollinators, Soils, Environments
    • Forest Conservation
    • Soil Conservation
    • Pollinators
    • Drone Conservation
  8. Community Action
    • Citizen Science and Collaboration
    • Community-Led Conservation
    • First Nations Involvement
    • Raising Awareness
  9. Adjusting to Environmental Change – The Future of Conservation
    • Conservation And Climate Changes
    • Plant Responses to Climate Changes
    • Novel Threats To Plants as A Result of Climate Changes
    • Natural Capital
    • Nature-Based Solutions
    • Ex-Situ Conservation of Plants
    • Conservation Of Plants of Plants in The Anthropocene

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Discuss the nature and scope of plant conservation.
  • Determine problems and challenges associated with plant conservation in different specific situations.
  • Formulate protection measures for plant conservation, appropriate to the circumstances in different situations.
  • Determine restoration measures to be undertaken for achieving plant conservation.
  • Explain a variety of ex situ conservation measures for threatened plant populations.
  • Explain the application of genetics to plant conservation.
  • Explain ecosystem conservation methods used for plant conservation.
  • Explain a variety of community action initiatives that may be used for plant conservation.
  • Explain ways to respond to environmental change in order to better conserve plant species and populations.
  • Formulate plans to manage appropriate conservation initiatives for threatened plants.

Who Should Study Plant Conservation?

This is subject that needs to be understood by many professions; not only plant conservationists.

People with a stake in, and the potential to influence plant conservation include:

  • Land owners and land managers
  • Politicians
  • Lawyers
  • Academics professional scientists, biologists
  • Teachers
  • Citizens/volunteers. 

 

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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Parita Shah (Horticulture)

Parita has a Masters Degree in Horticulture specialising in plantation, spices, medicinal and aromatic crops and organic farming. She has worked as a freelance consultant, and in an avocado nursery in NSW grafting and preparing avocado clones.

Mitchell Skiller

Mitchell has over 25 year’s experience in the horticultural industry. He has held positions as a supervising horticulturist, landscaper, consultant, and a business owner growing cut flowers, specialising in tropicals.

Timothy Walker

B.A.(Botany), RHS.M. Hort., Post.Grad.Dip.Ed.
fmr manager Oxford Bodanic Gardens





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Robert Browne

ROBERT K BROWNE completed his Honour's degree in Aquaculture at the Key Center for Aquaculture, Australia, and then obtained a Ph.D. (1998) in Conservation Biology from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Robert's Ph.D. was seminal to the development of biobanking to preserve the genetic diversity of threatened amphibian species, where he developed the first reproduction providing fertile amphibian eggs from cryopreserved sperm, and since then his research has led to many major advances. Robert's science career has included consultancy with biotechnology corporations, and in response to the global biodiversity conservation crisis has focused on amphibian conservation and sustainability. Working with zoos in Australia, the USA, Europe, and for the IUCN has led Robert to work with a wide range of international collaborative conservation programs. Robert has experience in a wide range of research fields supporting herpetological conservation and environmental sustainability and has published more than 45 research articles in the fields of terrestrial and marine ecology, marine fish and amphibian taxonomy, nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, karyology, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design, and also several book chapters. Robert remains active in research, and in developing a global project for the sustainable management of the Goliath grouper.

Megan Cox

Megan has completed a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Conservation) with Honours from Writtle University College, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Countryside Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Her experience includes working as a Botanist, Ecologist, Head Gardener, Market Gardener and a Farming and Conservation Officer.

She has worked in various roles in Horticulture, Agriculture and Ecology since 2005. Megan has worked for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Centre for Environment and Rural Affairs among other organisations in the UK, as well as in Australia and Cambodia.

Yvonne Sharpe

Over 30 years of experience in horticulture, education and management, Yvonne has travelled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.

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