Plant Conservation

Course CodeBHT346
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Plant are under treat in this rapidly changing climate. Global diversity distribution is the key threat factors

This course is not about scientific theory – it is of full of practical strategies and approaches to the protection, restoration and conservation actions which can be undertaken.

It teaches you how to:

  • Recognise the importance of plant conservation and the strategies employed to achieve it
  • Raise awareness for ecosystem restoration 
  • Be familiar with the most important challenges and concepts in plant conservation
  • Identify the tools available to assess the status of threatened plant species.

Lesson Structure

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Plant Conservation
    • Introduction
    • Eight Principles for Conservation Success
    • Raising Awareness
  2. Policy, Legislation, and Organisations
    • International Conventions and Legislation
    • National Conventions and Legislation
    • Conservation Organisations
  3. Protection and Preventing Degradation
    • Protected Areas
    • Planning For Protected Areas
    • How The Red List Is Used
    • Land Sparing and Sharing
    • Weeds
    • Soil Degradation
    • Pollinator Management
  4. Restoration of Damaged Ecosystems
    • Restoring Ecosystems
    • Restoration Projects
    • Principles Of Ecological Restoration
    • Stages Of Ecological Restoration
  5. Restoring Populations
    • Establishing A New Self-Propagating Population
    • Long-Term Storage of Germplasm
    • A Successful Case-Study – The International Conifer Conservation Programme
    • The Pivotal Role of Horticulture in Plant Conservation
  6. Genetic Conservation
    • Assessment Of Genetic Diversity in Plants
    • Need For Germ Plasm Conservation
    • Germplasm Storage and Conservation
    • Recording And Recalling Evolutionary History
  7. Ecosystem Conservation
    • Ecosystem Conservation – Pollinators, Soils, Environments
    • Forest Conservation
    • Soil Conservation
    • Pollinators
    • Drone Conservation
  8. Community Action
    • Citizen Science and Collaboration
    • Community-Led Conservation
    • First Nations Involvement
    • Raising Awareness
  9. Adjusting to Environmental Change – The Future of Conservation
    • Conservation And Climate Changes
    • Plant Responses to Climate Changes
    • Novel Threats To Plants as A Result of Climate Changes
    • Natural Capital
    • Nature-Based Solutions
    • Ex-Situ Conservation of Plants
    • Conservation Of Plants of Plants in The Anthropocene


  • Discuss the nature and scope of plant conservation.
  • Determine problems and challenges associated with plant conservation in different specific situations.
  • Formulate protection measures for plant conservation, appropriate to the circumstances in different situations.
  • Determine restoration measures to be undertaken for achieving plant conservation.
  • Explain a variety of ex situ conservation measures for threatened plant populations.
  • Explain the application of genetics to plant conservation.
  • Explain ecosystem conservation methods used for plant conservation.
  • Explain a variety of community action initiatives that may be used for plant conservation.
  • Explain ways to respond to environmental change in order to better conserve plant species and populations.
  • Formulate plans to manage appropriate conservation initiatives for threatened plants.

Who Should Study Plant Conservation?
This is subject that needs to be understood by many professions; not only plant conservationists.

People with potential to influence plant conservation include:

  • Land owners and land managers
  • Politicians
  • Lawyers
  • Academics professional scientists, biologists
  • Teachers
  • Citizens/volunteers.

This course complements:

  • Conservation and Environmental management
  • Farm management
  • Landcare reafforestation
  • Bush Tucker Plants
  • Australian Natives
  • Horticultural Research I
  • Arboriculture
  • Ecotourism
  • Nature Park Management
  • Landscaping
  • Botany
  • Climate Science .. .and more


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