Diploma in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management

DBEM 3301: Modeling and Forecasting (3 Credits)

Population Dynamics: Species Dynamics, Growth Curves, Infinitude Growth, Exponential Growth Model, Carrying Capacity – Limited Growth, Logistic Growth Model. Modeling and Simulation: Importance of modeling and simulation, Model Types, Biodiversity indices, Species richness, Abundance, Simpsons diversity index, Shannon – Weiner diversity index, Plant community profile diagrams. Distribution Predictions: Identification and prediction of Threatened Species

DBEM 3202: Gender Issues in Biodiversity Management (2 Credits)

Introduction:Meaning of Gender and how it is differed from sex ,Gender as a hierarchy of power, Gender as a changing social construct based on many factors, Discrimination based on social factors and the myth of social differences: Gender, sexuality, sizem, ableism, ageism, ethnicity, caste, class etc. The reason for gender and other forms of discrimination: Materialism and economization of the “civilized” societies, Gender and biodiversity: Role of women in household economy (Care economy) and men in Production economy, “Unconscious destruction” of bio-diversity in production economy and “unconscious protection” of bio-diversity in Care economy.Balancing gender in bio-diversity management:Concept of equality and equity, Feminist approach (Women and Development) vs Gender and Development approach in gender balance, Models of agro-biodiversity management with gender equity/equality, Application of practices of gender equity/equity in bio-diversity: Gender analysis approaches and tools for agro-bio-diversity management projects , Special tools of application for gender equality/equity : Gender sensitization and education, Positive discrimination, Quota setting, Gender budgeting, Affirmative actions, Gender sensitive M and E: Indicators, methods and applications (data collection in the field)

DBEM 3303: Wildlife related Conflicts, Issues and Emerging Trends (3 Credits)

Local legislations, international conventions and agreements related to wildlife conservation. and Bird migration, emphasizing the theories of bird migration, importance of Sri Lanka as a destination, wading sites of national and international significance, Ramsar convention and threats to the wading sites in Sri Lanka. Nuisance species and their importance, social and economical significance and management strategies of such species, potential for the use of wildlife resources for sustainable development with reference to the applications in the Asian region and elsewhere will be covered in this module.

DBEM 3204: Livelihood, Anthropological Social and cultural Issues (2 Credits)

Livelihoods, Conservation and Development, Sustainable Livelihoods Approach, Livelihood Planning Tools, Livelihood security, Sustainable Livelihoods Approach and biodiversity conservation, Livelihood related to biodiversity in different ecosystems, Issues concerning livelihoods as a conservation tool, Anthropology, sociology, religion and culture, Anthropological, social, religion and cultural influences of biodiversity and conservation, Socio-cultural economic empowerment for conservation, case studies

DBEM 3305: Poverty, Development and Biodiversity (3 Credits)

Biodiversity issues in development projects, Tradeoff between biodiversity and development, Maging biodiversity with development projects, Poverty issues in biodiversity, Development in environment sensitive regions, Case studies

DBEM 3306: Valuation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (03 Credits)

Different aspects of biodiversity valuation: Economic, social, cultural, religious, aesthetic…,Different valuation techniques; Revealed preference approaches: Cost based approaches, Productivity based approaches, ecosystem services approaches, Status preference approaches: Contingent valuation approaches; Willingness to pay, willingness to accept, Choice Modelling….. , Economics in Conservation, Specific services of ecosystems,Various ecosystems (e.g. forests, coral reefs, wetlands, rivers) and forms of biodiversity (e.g. wildlife, flora). Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity, Environmental ethics

DBEM 3307: Education and communication for biodiversity conservation (2 credits)

Introduction of Adult Education, Adult education and extension, Need of extension and education for conservation, Objective of Adult Education extension, Fundamentals of Adult education, Principles of effective Adult education, Adult learning principles, principles of knowledge dissemination, Knowledge, skill and attitude changes of adult for biodiversity conservation, application of Communication principles for biodiversity conservation, Develop appropriate tools and techniques to popularize the concepts of biodiversity conservation, Community empowerment, mobilizing, participation toward the biodiversity conservation.

DBEM 3308: Policy and Legislation of Biodiversity& Ecosystem (3 Credits)

Evolution of policy regimes related to environment and biodiversity, Conventional systems in solving issues in biodiversity, Critical evaluation of the impacts of policies and legislations of biodiversity, Case studies

DBEM 3309: Traditional Knowledge Systems (3 Credits)

Importance of Indigenous Knowledge, Historical Perspective of Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Development, Indigenous knowledge in water management & irrigation systems, Traditional farming in Sri Lanka, Traditional Preservation & conservation techniques, Traditional Methods of weather forecasting, Kem Methods & rituals used in traditional farming, Traditional health care methods, Protection of traditional knowledge, Dissemination of traditional knowledge

DBEM 3310: Directed Studies (6 Credits)

Report submitted through field studies, case studies, literature survey, model development, product development..etc.