Module: Natural Resource Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Dr Richard Baines
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    20 hours
  • Teaching Period

    Semester 2

Module content

This module builds on the Natural Resource Appraisal module in order to develop strategic management approaches for physical resources and biodiversity. The module reviews natural resources from global resource appraisal and how these relate to international conventions and their implementation, through national resource strategies, to the development of physical resource and biodiversity action plans for specific regions and locations.

This module also focuses on the challenges facing businesses, communities, administrations and countries as they attempt to protect, maintain and enhance the natural resources they rely on. The following themes will be developed:

  • The development of Natural Resource strategies and Biodiversity Action Plans from international conventions to local actions.
  • The management of physical and biological resources from strategic to local levels.
  • The links between natural resources, society and business sectors.

Module outcomes

To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:

  1. Appraise the strengths and limitations of international conventions and policies in relation to the protection and conservation of physical resources and biodiversity.
  2. Evaluate the sustainability of selected strategies aimed at managing natural resources.
  3. Develop a local physical resource or biodiversity action plan and justify it against national action plans or strategies.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Development and justification of a natural resource strategy 100%

Key texts

Students should be familiar with the content of the following:

  • Canter, L.W. (1996). Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Defra (2009). Safeguarding our soils UK Government Soil Strategy.
  • Defra (2012) Cross Compliance – Soil Management Review
  • Environment Agency (1996). Environmental Assessment: Scoping Handbook for Projects. HMSO London.
  • FAO (2002). Biodiversity and the Ecosystem Approach in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: satellite event on the occasion of the ninth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. FAO.
  • Hiscock, K.M., Rivett, M.O. and Davison, R.M. (eds.) (2002). Sustainable Groundwater Development. Geological Society.
  • Houghton, J. (1996). Sustainable Use of Soil: Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. 19th report. HMSO.
  • Leipziger, D. (2003). The Corporate Responsibility Code Book. Greenleaf Publishing.
  • Mienzen-Dick, R. (2002). Innovation in Natural Resource Management: The Role of Property Rights and Collective Action in Developing Countries. John Hopkins University Press.
  • O’Riordan, T. and Stoll-Kleemann, S. (2002). Biodiversity, Sustainability and Human Communities; Protecting Beyond the Protected. Cambridge University Press.
  • Shenk, T. and Franklin, A. (2001). Modelling Natural Resource Management: Development, Interpretation and Application. Island Press.
  • Simmons, I.G. (1981). The Ecology of Natural Resources. Arnold Allen and Unwin.
  • Therivel et al. (1992). Strategic Environmental Assessment. Earthscan Publications.