Module: Natural Resource Appraisal and Management

Module details

  • Module code

  • Module leader

    Henry Webber
  • Module Level

  • Module credits

  • Min study time

    150 hours
  • Contact hrs

    36 hours

Module content

This module combines resource appraisal with strategic management approaches for physical resources and biodiversity.  Physical resources include minerals, non-agricultural use of soil and water.  Biological resources include wildlife, grassland, forest, and aquatic ecosystems.

The module reviews the condition of the resource, extent of exploitation and potential sustainability; how these relate to the various international conventions and/or national strategies; and the development of more local physical resource plans or biodiversity action plans by those trying to protect, maintain and enhance the natural resources they rely on.

Module outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate the condition and sustainability of selected resources.
  2. Critically appraise the strengths and limitations of international conventions and policies in relation to the protection and conservation of physical resources and biodiversity.
  3. Develop a local physical resource strategy or biodiversity action plan and justify it against national action plans or strategies.


Assessment Description Weighting
Coursework Individual report 100%

Assessments may differ in 2020/21 due to adjustments for Covid-19. Please check Gateway for the latest regulations.

Key texts

  • Canter, L.W. (1996). Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Defra (2012) Cross Compliance – Soil Management Review
  • EU (2000) Water Framework Directive Environment Agency website.
  • 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.
  • Leipziger, D. (2003). The Corporate Responsibility Code Book. Greenleaf Publishing.
  • 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.
  • Therivel et al. (1992). Strategic Environmental Assessment. Earthscan Publications.