Master's Degree in Protected Areas, Natural Resources and Biodiversity

General

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Program Description

The Master in Protected Areas, Natural Resources and Biodiversity (MAPRNB) is supported by more than 30 years of continuous teaching experience in the degrees of Biology and Environmental Sciences, with its corresponding third cycle, and in the degrees of Biology, Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology that happen to them, as well as in the extensive research activity of the seven areas involved (Cell Biology, Botany, Crystallography and Mineralogy, Ecology, Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Toxicology, Zoology). His direct background is two master's degrees taught from the academic year 2008/09 to 2014/15: that of Management of Biodiversity in Mediterranean Environments and that of Sustainable Use and Protection of Soil in Mediterranean Environments .

The MAPRNB encompasses, from a multidisciplinary approach, lines of research and technical-professional training related to essential aspects of territory management, including key elements and resources such as land or protected areas, both terrestrial and marine (including their influence on resources extractives such as mining or fishing), activities such as agriculture or tourism, in development scenarios conditioned by exploitation processes with a strong environmental impact and restoration needs, and global phenomena such as climate change. All this concentrated in the Region of Murcia, a relatively small territory but with an important research infrastructure, and with an evident projection towards the rest of the Iberian Peninsula, and other European, North African and Latin American regions.

The training offer in these subjects rarely presents, as in this case, an orientation that integrates under one title the aspects related to biodiversity, edaphological, geological heritage and their management under a unifying prism, such as spatial networks based on natural infrastructure of the territory (Natura 2000), and horizontal environmental integration strategies (agrarian policy, rural development), as well as opportunities and mechanisms for their financing.

Master's file

Teaching center: Faculty of Biology
Type of teaching: Face-to-face
Language: Spanish
Duration: One year
ECTS credits: 60
Title: Master's Degree in Protected Areas, Natural Resources and Biodiversity
Scholarships, grants and mobility: National / International
Price per credit:
  • In 1st registration: € 35.24
  • In 2nd registration: € 57.28
  • In 3rd registration: € 66.09
  • In 4th or successive: € 66.09

Justification

The Master in Protected Areas, Natural Spaces and Biodiversity (hereinafter MAPRNB) is based, on the one hand, on more than thirty years of continuous experience in teaching the Bachelor of Biology and later that of Environmental Sciences, with its corresponding third cycle , in the degrees of Biology, Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences that follow from the 2009-10 academic year, and in the extensive research activity of the seven areas involved (Cell Biology, Botany, Crystallography and Mineralogy, Ecology, Edaphology and Agricultural Chemistry, Toxicology, Zoology).

On the other hand, the proposed title has the following University Masters as direct background:

  • Master in Biodiversity Management in Mediterranean Environments, which has been taught continuously from the 2008/2009 academic year to 2012/2013, and was again offered in the 2014-15 academic year, initially as part of an official Postgraduate Program, and authorized in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 56/2005. In the 2009/2010 academic year, the Master used the abbreviated procedure for the verification of Master's degrees, in order to adapt to the new regulatory framework established by Royal Decree 1393/2007.
  • Master in Sustainable Use and Soil Protection in Mediterranean Environments, which has also been offered since the 2008/2009 academic year, having also accepted in the 2009/10 academic year the abbreviated procedure for the verification of master's degrees, in order to adapt to the new regulatory framework established by Royal Decree 1393/2007. Finally, in May 2013, the proposed title modifications were approved by ANECA, which basically affected the TFM, which went from 6 to 18 ECTS credits.Inside Chitwan National Park, Nepal. Chitwan National Park of Nepal although of not a very big area has a diverse wildlife including endangered Royal Bengal Tiger, One Horned Rhino,Wild Boar etc. Jeevan Katel / Unsplash

Competencies

Basic skills

  • Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and / or application of ideas, often in a research context
  • That the students know how to apply the acquired knowledge and their problem-solving capacity in new or little-known environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their area of study
  • That students are able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of formulating judgments from information that, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments.
  • That students know how to communicate their conclusions and the latest knowledge and reasons that support them to specialized and non-specialized audiences in a clear and unambiguous way.
  • That students have the learning skills that allow them to continue studying in a way that will be largely self-directed or autonomous.

General Powers

  • Analyze and interpret the distribution patterns of biodiversity, soils, geological heritage and other components of geodiversity, and the processes and factors involved in their formation and degradation.
  • Sample, characterize and monitor terrestrial and marine biological populations and communities, soils, geological heritage and other components of geodiversity.
  • Obtain information, design experiments and samplings, and interpret the results.
  • Identify and diagnose threat factors for the conservation and management of biodiversity, soils, geological heritage and other components of geodiversity
  • Identify and diagnose priority conservation areas and gaps in networks and systems of protected areas.
  • Identify biological, geological or edaphic components of importance or interest in management and use them, as appropriate, as indicators
  • Plan the use of biological, geological and edaphic resources in the context of sustainable development and the conservation of natural and cultural heritage.

Specific Competences

  • Perform services and issue reports related to biodiversity, soils, geological heritage and other components of geodiversity.
  • Direct, write and execute projects in relation to biodiversity, soils, geological heritage and other components of geodiversity.
  • Design and evaluate strategies and management plans to preserve the quality and integrity of biological, geological and edaphic values and resources, particularly in the face of the effects of climate change.
  • Design and evaluate planning, design and management instruments for protected natural areas and reserve systems, with special reference to Natura 2000 and other international conservation networks
  • Analyze, evaluate and maintain the economic potential of ecosystem services.
  • Evaluate, quantify, correct and restore the affections and impacts on biodiversity, soils, geological heritage and other components of geodiversity.

Admission profile

Students will be able to access the Master while holding official qualifications, the most suitable profiles of which would be degrees, bachelor's degrees or engineering (higher and technical) related to the environment, biology, agriculture and, in general, earth sciences . In particular, the master's degree is aimed at Graduates in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Marine Sciences, Geology, Geography, Biochemistry, Food Science and Technology, Engineering related to the Environment (Agronomic, Chemical, Forest, Natural Environment), or their foreign equivalents, either from the European Higher Education Area or from any other space, after checking the level of equivalent training for access.

Graduation profile

The research and / or professional specialization acquired must train graduates for research on issues related to the management of natural heritage and biodiversity (through the completion of a Doctoral Thesis), or for the design and execution of programs and projects related to these same topics, within the framework of diverse organizations (administration, consulting companies, non-governmental organizations, etc.). Contact with these worlds throughout the training period (in curricular internships and other facets of the Master) will contribute to creating professionals capable of offering their services to these organizations.

Professional outings

The orientation of the Master's Degree in Protected Areas, Natural Resources and Biodiversity is twofold, which translates into the offer of two itineraries: I) researcher and II) technical-professional . The first will give access to a Doctoral Program to carry out the Doctoral Thesis in one of the lines of research that intervene in the Master. Both itineraries, but more directly the second, will allow the incorporation to jobs in the administration, companies or other entities related to the management, conservation or restoration of biodiversity. This is intended to meet the demand of an important professional sector related to the environment, where knowledge of biodiversity, soils and geological heritage is practically necessary in all its areas of development. The most relevant professional opportunities would be:

  • Environmental impact studies, Sustainability Reports and Impact Studies on the Natura 2000 Network
  • Design, Organization and Management of protected natural areas, in all its categories
  • Advice on the drafting and implementation (coordination, financing and management) of projects for the establishment of protection figures and conservation plans for natural heritage
  • Physical planning, spatial planning and integrated management of coastal areas
  • Assessments for the elaboration of networks of spaces, lists and catalogs of species, landscapes, resources and other components threatened by natural heritage
  • Conservation, Recovery and Management of species of wild flora and fauna
  • Reintroduction and reproduction plans in captivity of threatened species
  • Restoration of the natural environment and the landscape. Reforestation
  • Conservation, decontamination and soil recovery
  • Design and implementation of ecological monitoring, environmental monitoring and biomonitoring plans
  • Design and development of programs for the prevention and control of invasive alien species (IAS)
  • Scientific and technical advice on the identification, mapping, evaluation and management of biodiversity, soils, geological heritage and other components of geodiversity
  • Ecological studies of terrestrial, continental and marine aquatic ecosystems
  • Valuation of ecosystem goods and services
  • Assessment of the ecological status of rivers and wetlands
  • Limnology and marine biology
  • Environmental services of public administrations
  • Prevention of natural risks and forest fires
  • Geological and edaphological studies
  • Population control techniques in agrarian systems
  • Fish production and hunting management
  • Sustainable management of natural resources
  • Environmental toxicology
  • Rural promotion and development
  • International cooperation and development
  • Heritage interpretation
  • Leisure biology (zoos, museums, theme parks and botanical gardens)
  • Scientific communication and dissemination
Last updated Mar 2020

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