Oceans cover seven-tenths of the planet. They contain extraordinary wildlife, are vital for human health, food and livelihoods, but they are suffering from many man made problems; overfishing, pollution and climate change have all taken their toll. However, it is not too late to do something about these issues. This course will examine the driving forces that are making the seas endangered and will explore marine conservation solutions, including actions you can take to help bring back healthy oceans.
Aims of the course:
- To introduce the importance of ocean species and habitats and the variety of benefits people derive from them.
- To understand the impacts of human activities on the marine environment.
- To explore approaches to marine conservation.
Course content overview:
This course will explore the incredible diversity and importance of the world's oceans and coasts. Participants will be introduced to the range of marine habitats and species around the globe and the many benefits people derive from them. The programme will examine the various threats to oceans these days and look into the details of the most pressing issues of overfishing and climate change. Having gained insight into the problems the oceans face, the candidate then move on to consider the main marine conservation approaches available to address these issues. Key areas we will explore include sustainable fisheries management, marine protected areas, and the importance of consumer choice.
- Induction Week: 2-8 June, 2014
- Teaching Weeks: 9 June-13 July, 2014
- Feedback Week: 14-20 July, 2014