Reserve System Planning
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- 29 May 2023
Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Discuss system purposes, priorities, and methods that have guided the establishment of the Australian National Reserve System.
- Apply systematic conservation planning methods to identify spatial conservation priorities.
- Analyse government-driven and collaborative processes for identifying protected areas.
- Week 1 - Designing a reserve system-Topics:
- 1. System purposes and priorities
- 2. Australian national frameworks
- 3. Introduction to systematic conservation planning
- Week 2 - Using GIS and spatial analysis in reserve selection-Topics:
- 1. GIS fundamentals
- 2. Spatial analysis fundamentals
- 3. Introduction to GIS software
- 4. Marxan – a tool for reserve selection
- Week 3 - Reserve design in practice-Topics:
- 1. Introduction to the activity and data layers
- 2. Recommending a set of reserves
- Week 4 - Collaborative and government selection processes-Topics:
- 1. Public-private-community collaborations
- 2. Government-driven processes
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No additional requirements
In this subject you will develop the knowledge and skills needed to undertake planning for protected area systems. We will explore the frameworks, processes and methods used to identify areas for inclusion in national reserve systems. Students will have the opportunity to apply and compare reserve selection methods using Tasmania as a case study. Topics covered include system purposes and priorities; national reserve planning frameworks; systematic conservation planning; government reserve selection processes; and collaborative and participatory approaches. Students without prior experience in GIS and spatial analysis will be given a basic introduction to these skills. Note, the software taught in this course works best with a Microsoft operating system. There is an optional on campus weekend tutorial session for students to complete the technical training on university computers. For those wanting more instruction for the technical aspects this session, or who use a Mac as their personal computer for learning, the on campus weekend session is recommended.
- Systematic Conservation Planning Report (50%)
- Discussion Posts (Online) (20%)
- Case Study Planning Process (30%)
Current study term: 28 May 23 to 09 Jul 23
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