Syllabus for Nature Conservation for Environmental Scientists

Naturvård för miljövetare


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1BG625
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Biology G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2015-03-12
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2019-01-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 30 credits in environmental science, biology, earth science or geography, and The Biological Diversity of the Natural and Cultural landscape, 15 credits, or 7,5 credits in field botany and faunal studies.
  • Responsible department: Biology Education Centre

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student shall be able to:

  • show knowledge on nature conservation and conservation related methods  
  • account for conservation biology and apply risk evaluation  
  • describe laws and legislations related to nature conservation and various forms of subsidies for nature conservation in Sweden, and how these are governed by international laws, conventions, directives and other agreements related to nature conservation.
  • describe and evaluate work done by various authorities and organisation within the field of nature conservation
  • reflect on conflicts in and ethical aspects of various nature conservation issues


The role of the scientific base for nature conservation and conservation biology and its practical applications. Measures, methods and tools for restoration, conservation and promotion of biological diversity on genetic, species and ecosystem level. Legislations, strategies and non-governmental organisations work within nature conservation on local, national and international levels. Communication and dialogue in nature conservation issues. Work done by authorities within the field of nature conservation, including handling of conflicts.


Lectures, seminars, exercises and study visits.


The course is examined through exercises and seminars (3 credits), written and oral presentations (4 credits) and a written examination (3 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

  • Primack, Richard B. A primer of conservation biology

    5th ed.: Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates, 2012.

    Find in the library


  • Almstedt Jansson, Malin; Ebenhard, Torbjörn; De Jong, Johnny Naturvårdskedjan - för en effektiv naturvård

    Uppsala: Centrum för biologisk mångfald, 2011

    Find in the library