Master in Management of Protected Areas and Natural Grasslands


Duration (in semesters): 4

Credits (per semester): 30

Objectives

The global objective of the master programme is to build capacity of students from West Africa and other regions for sustainable management of Protected Areas and Natural Grasslands. Specifically the Master program aims at increasing the availability of national experts in the field of Protected Areas and Natural Grasslands management.

Learning outcomes

The Programme is designed to produce graduates with broad skills to manage both fragile and non-fragile ecosystems. As such the graduates of this program have diversified opportunities. Because of direct relevance and applicability the graduates can be employed in research, higher learning institutions, National Centre for Wildlife Management and Ministries of Environment. Besides, there are great employment opportunities in the NGOs working with local communities living around Protected Areas. Further, graduated can have immense opportunities to pursue their PhD particularly in areas of grasslands management, conservation sciences, wildlife ecology, biomonitoring, plant-animal relationships in the Protected Areas and protected areas management.

Structure and content:

This is a new programme (has run 2 cohorts of students) implemented by the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin). The covered subjects are related to natural resources conservation and management, wildlife ecology, GIS, management techniques, management of hunting zones, management of grasslands and Biomonitoring. These courses are provided through theoretical courses, and fieldworks inside the Protected Areas. This Master program is assessed on the basis of performance in the research project, continual assessment of coursework, and examination covering the program as a whole, field course reports and a term essay.

Semester 1


Topics
Credits Hours
1-Animal Ecology 6 150
Knowledge on wildlife 2 50
Animal ethology 2 50
Padtoral hydrolic 2 50
2-Applied statistics 6 150
Linear models 2 50
Multivariate analyses 2 50
Biological phenomenon modelling 2 50
3-Landscape dynamics 6 150
GIS & teledetection 2 50
Mapping 2 50
Climate change & biodiversity 2 50
4-Stage : Census techniques of natural resources 6 150
5- Knowledge on natural resources 6 150
Measure of biodiversity 2 50
Population genetics 2 50
Sociology of natural resources and conflicts management 2 50

Semester 2


Topics
Credits Hours
1-Ecology of ecosystems 6 150
Ecology of savannah and arid zones 3 75
Ecology of forest and humid zones
Ecology of natural rangelands and ecological restoration 3 75
2-Management of Natural Resources 4 100
Ethnobotany and applied botany 2 50
Sustainable management of forest, convention-law & certification 2 50
3- Field works & training in peripheric zones 8 200
4- Study of non timber forest products 4 100
Assessment of Non Timber Forest Products 2 50
Applied mycology 1 25
Economy of NTFP 1 25
5- Communication 6 150
Scientific english 2 50
Seinars & scientific writing 4 100
6 – Mountainside pelvis et Hydrobiology 4 100
Applied Hydrology 2 50
Operational hydrology 2 50

Semester 3

Topics Credits Hours
1- Management techniques 4 100
Wildlife census 1 25
Integrated management of Protected areas 2 50
Protected areas categories and surveillance methods 1 25
2-Management of ranching 4 100
Management of cynegetic zone, community zones & game valorisation 1 25
Planification and monitoring of conservation project 1 25
Game farming, game ranching, red list and gap analysis 2 50
3- Pastoralism 6 150
Management of natural ragelands 2 50
Parasitology 2 50
Animal pathology 2 50
4- Training in adminsitration and management of protected areas 8 200
5- Biomonitoring 4 100
Biomonitoring and key wildlife species 2 50
Risk assessment, status of threatened species and indicators of biodiversity conservation 2 50

Semesters 4


Training Unity
Credit Number of hours
Field Work 10 250h
Thesis writing & defense 20 500
Total 30 750

Language of Instruction:English
Accredited by: Council on Higher Education (South Africa)