Management and Conservation of Natural Areas

Program Presentation

Environmental figures for natural areas may assume an important role in the coming years as experimental models for sustainable development. Natural areas tend to gravitate towards possibilities in diversification, by offering leisure and economic development activities, besides the more classic conservationist functions.

From a practical approach, the Conservation and Management of Natural Spaces Program is focused on the study of the conservation of natural areas and the resources that they include, as well as their management with a vision of proper spatial planning and sustainable development.

With regard to conservation, the aspects of diversity are addressed at the levels of genetics, species and communities, emphasizing the methods most used today to ensure their perpetuation. On the topic of management,the intervention of different types of spaces, both terrestrial and marine, as well as the interaction between urban and natural environments are addressed in a comprehensive way.

Who is the programme for?

The Management and Conservation of Natural Areas program is intended specifically for two different types of group:

  • People without a college degree who may want a quality education in this field for personal gain or experience.
  • University graduates that, on top of their current education, want a practical specialization in the management of natural landscapes to broaden their career opportunities.

Diploma

After successfully completing the program, the student will receive a Diploma granted by the university where he or she enrolled with the endorsement from the Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER)

Program Structure

The estimated length of the Management and Conservation of Natural Areas program is 300 hours (30 credits).

Regarding the distribution of time it is established that::

  • eing a distance learning program, not subject to classes, an initiation date is not established which is why the student can finalize the enrollment process at any point, as long as there are available spaces.
  • Due to academic and learning purposes, the minimum length of the program is three months.
  • The maximum time available to complete the program is six months. In this time, the student must have turned in all the corresponding evaluations of the subjects.
  • he credit structure of the Management and Conservation of Natural Areas program is gathered in the following table:
  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
Subjects 30 6 300

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university granting the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General Objective:

  • To acquire the necessary knowledge for the conservation of natural areas and their resources, as well as determining their management under a vision of what a correct territorial plan should be within the framework of sustainable development.

Specific objectives:

  • To establish natural, socioeconomic and legislative criteria to correctly manage natural landscapes.
  • To become familiar with the existing agreements and treaties between nations, that establish the management and conservation policies of biodiversity and natural areas, emphasizing concern for these topics in international politics.
  • To analyze the main causes for reduction and loss of biologic diversity and the possible solutions that should be considered to prevent it.
  • To identify the critical factors and the levels of studies of the monitoring of biodiversity and to determine what type of indicators are used.
  • To learn about the different land biomes, their distribution, main climate characteristics, flora and fauna, as well as the main human pressures that place their maintenance and conservation in danger.
  • To determine the evolution, throughout the history of humanity, of the different models of territorial exploitation and the main driving force for change in order to contrast an exploited ecosystem with a natural ecosystem.
  • To evaluate the different conservation strategies adopted on a national and international scale and then to relate them with the idea of achieving maximum efficiency in the conservation of resources and the identification of the priorities for a global strategy.

Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities of the Management and Conservation of Natural Areas program are:

  • Forest Ranger.
  • Working at a municipality as a technician/advisor in forest resources.
  • Teaching.

Study Plan

The Management and Conservation of Natural Areas program is composed of eight classes, including practical case studies on natural space management.

The classes allow for the learning and understanding, first, of the theoretical, conceptual and historical fundamental concepts as applied to natural areas and, second, the organizational, social and technological implementation.

The objective is to ensure that students acquire a global view of natural landscapes through related multidisciplinary topics.

The classes and hours of the Management and Conservation of Natural Areas program are shown in the following table:

  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Natural Areas in the context of societies 30
2 Biodiversity 40
3 Natural Landscapes. Typology Processes 50
4 Uses of Natural landscapes 40
5 The Conservation of species and natural areas 50
6 The management of natural landscapes 50
7 Ecologic Restoration 40
8 Case studies of management and conservation of natural areas --
  TOTAL 300

These subjects, are independent of each other, yet are structured according to a coherent pedagogical sequence that facilitates comprehension from lesser to greater complexity. Subjects are divided in thematic units or chapters, the content of which includes printed material that must be studied in order to correctly answer the tests.

Management

  • Dr. Eduardo García Villena. Director of the Environmental Area in the International Ibero-american University (UNINI)

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Ángel M. Álvarez Larena. Dr. in Geology. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr. Roberto M. Álvarez. Prof. of the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Dr. Óscar Arizpe Covarrubias. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. Isaac Azuz Adeath. Prof. at the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, Mexico
  • Dr. David Barrera Gómez. Doctor from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia
  • Dr. Brenda Bravo Díaz. Prof. of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico
  • Dr. Rubén Calderón Iglesias. Prof. of the European University Miguel de Cervantes
  • Dr. Leonor Calvo Galván. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Olga Capó Iturrieta. Dr. Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the Research Institute in Agropecuarias, Chile
  • Dr. Alina Celi Frugoni. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. José Cortizo Álvarez. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Antoni Creus Solé. Dr. in Industrial Engineering
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Cubría García. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Raquel Domínguez Fernández. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Luís A. Dzul López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Xavier Elías Castells. Director of the By-product Exchange of Catalonia
  • Dr. Milena E. Gómez Yepes. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the University of the Quindio, Colombia
  • Dr. Ramón Guardino Ferré. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Emilio Hernández Chiva. Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Spanish National Research Council, CSIC
  • Dr. Cristina Hidalgo González. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. Francisco Hidalgo Trujillo. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Víctor Jiménez Arguelles. Prof. of the Autonomous Metropolitan University. Mexico
  • Dr. Miguel Ángel López Flores. Prof. of the National Polytechnic Institute (CIIEMAD-IPN)
  • Dr. Izel Márez López. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Carlos A. Martín. Prof. of the National University of the Littoral, Argentina
  • Dr. Isabel Joaquina Niembro García. Dr. in Project Engineering. Prof. of the Monterrey Institute of Technology
  • Dr. César Ordóñez Pascua. Prof. of the University of León
  • Dr. José María Redondo Vega. Prof. of the University of León. Spain
  • Dr. Gladys Rincón Polo. Prof. of the Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela
  • Dr. José U. Rodríguez Barboza. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Ramón San Martín Páramo. . Dr. in Industrial Engineering. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Raúl Sardinha. Prof. of the Piaget Institute, Portugal
  • Dr. Héctor Solano Lamphar. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Martha Velasco Becerra. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Dr. Alberto Vera. Prof. of the National University of Lanús, Argentina
  • Dr. Margarita González Benítez. Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.
  • Dr. Lázaro Cremades Oliver.Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Dr. (c) Pablo Eisendecher Bertín. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Ann Rodríguez. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Kilian Tutusaus Pifarré. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Karina Vilela. Professor of the Environment Department in FUNIBER
  • Dr. (c) Erik Simoes. Prof. of the International Ibero-american University
  • Ms. Omar Gallardo Gallardo. Prof. of the University of Santiago in Chile
  • Ms. Susana Guzmán Rodríguez. Prof. of the Central University of Ecuador
  • Ms. Icela Márquez Rojas. Prof. of the Technological University of Panama

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