Study programmes / B-AS Agricultural Specialization / Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection 1
Course code:OCHPR1
Course title in language of instruction:Ochrana přírody a krajiny 1
Course title in Czech:Ochrana přírody a krajiny 1
Course title in English:Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection 1
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:WS 2020/2021 - FA
Name of lecturer:doc. Ing. Hana Středová, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites:none
 
Aims of the course:Knowledge of the historical development and theoretical foundations of nature conservation and landscape protection. Orientation in the Czech, European and international legislation of nature conservation and landscape protection. Knowledge of existing or potential conflicts between business and other projects, and public interest in protecting nature and landscape. Knowledge of the compensation for the loss suffered in connection with the protection of nature and recoverable grant titles. Knowledge of basic procedures for the care of valuable natural areas. Ability to independently find information about any specific site protection. Ability to process the requests (forms) in the area of nature conservation.
Course contents:
1.The origins and development of nature conservation in the world (allowance 2/2)
 
a.Developments in the approach to nature conservation and landscape protection
b.Philosophical and other aspects of nature conservation and landscape protection
c.Global problems of nature conservation and landscape protection
d.International organizations and programs in nature conservation and landscape protection (IUCN, WWF, UNEP, MAB)

2.Biodiversity and its protection (allowance 2/2)
 
a.The term, levels and development of biodiversity
b.Biodiversity on Earth and in the CR
c.Reasons of threats and losses in biodiversity
d.Strategy species protection (protection of ex situ and in situ)
e.Economic value of biodiversity
f.International conventions in nature conservation and landscape protection (Landscape Convention, CBD, CITES, UNESCO, Bonn, Bern, Ramsar, etc.)

3.The origin, development and present nature conservation in the Czech lands (allowance 2/0)
 
a.The history of nature conservation and landscape protection in the Czech Lands
b.The development and present legislation on nature conservation and landscape protection
c."General" and "special" nature conservation and landscape protection
d."Central list of nature conservation"
e.The current state of nature conservation and landscape protection in the CR
f.Problems of nature conservation and landscape protection in the CR

4.General nature conservation and landscape protection (allowance 2/2)
 
a.Significant landscape components
b.System of ecological stability
c.General conservation of plants and animals
d.Conservation of birds
e.Conservation of wood species
f.Paleontological finds
g.Conservation of caves
h.Protection of the character of the landscape and natural parks
i.Temporarily protected areas
j.Problematic issues related to this protection in practice

5.Special nature conservation and landscape protection (allowance 2/2)
 
a.Noteworthy trees and their protective zones
b.Specially protected plants and animals
c.Rescue programmes and stations
d.Red and black lists of endangered species
e.Issues related with conservation of populations
f.Trade of endangered species

6.Specially protected areas (allowance 2/2)
 
a.Categorie of specially protected areas and the differences between them
b.The process of designation and zoning
c.Basic and further protective conditions
d.Protective zones
e.Care plans
f.Marking specially protected areas
g.The issue of contractual protection
h.Solution of real or potential conflicts with any business activities
i.Economic benefit / loss from the existence of specially protected areas

7.Management measures in nature conservation and landscape protection (allowance 2/0)
 
a.Strategy of management interventions
b."Plan of care"
c.Fundamental procedures of conservation management
d.Practical examples of conservation management interventions

8.Participants in nature conservation and landscape protection (allowance 2/2)
 
a.State administrative bodies
b.Local authorities (municipalities and regions)
c.The public (NGO, charities, foundations and others)
d.Nature Guard
e.AOPK ČR

9.European legislation and Nature 2000 (allowance 2/2)
 
a.Birds Directive
b.Habitats Directive
c.Nature 2000
d.Birds Areas
e.Sites of European Importance
f.Examples of real conflicts

10.Exploration and research works in nature conservation & investors obligations (allowance 2/2)
 
a.Inventory, mapping, monitoring
b.Natural scientific study and biological assessments
c.Assessments of plans and projects significantly affecting Bird Areas and Sites of European Importance
d.Environmental impact assessment
e.Authorized persons
f.Use in practise

11.Property rights and theirs limitations & economic instruments in nature conservation (allowance 2/2)
 
a.Property rights and their limitations
b.The tax (dis) advantage
c.Compensation for agricultural and forestry restrictions
d.Conclusion of agreements to improve the natural environment and landscape
e.Payment of damages by selected specially protected animals
f.Applicable grant titles

12.Responsibility in area of nature conservation and landscape protection (allowance 2/2)
 
a.The term "responsibility" and its forms
b.The administrative law liability
c.Liability for offenses
d.Criminal liability
e.Civil liability
f.Liability for environmental damage

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
 
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
 
-Ability to application of economic instruments of nature conservation in practise
-Ability to process the requests (forms) in the area of nature conservation
-Competence to identify requirements of legislation for nature conservation and landscape protection at different intentions in practise
-Knowledge of legislation of nature conservation and landscape protection
-Skills with completing the administrative forms in the area of nature conservation

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:CREDIT:
One 20 minutes written test from seminars at 12th week of the semester. You have to receive min. 6 points from max. 10 (= 60 %). Submission of a seminar work fulfiling specified conditions during the semester (to 12th seminar).

EXAMINATION:
Final 60 minutes written examination from lectures, seminars and information in documents on UIS - the minimal requirement for passing = 60 %. You have to receive min. 12 points from max. 20 (12 = E, 13 -- 14 = D, 15 -- 16 = C, 17 - 18 = B, 19 -- 20 = A). NECESSARY CONDITION: You have always to know first 2 questions (!) of final written examination.
 
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice28 h
Self-study
     preparation for exam84 h
     preparation for regular assessment14 h
     writing of seminar paper14 h
Total168 h

Basic reading list
  • PRIMACK, R B. -- KINDLMANN, P. Biologické principy ochrany přírody. 1st ed. Praha: Portál, 2001. 349 p. ISBN 80-7178-552-0.
  • Col. Zákon o ochraně přírody a krajiny: komentář. 2nd ed. V Praze: C.H. Beck, 2007. 590 p. ISBN 978-80-7179-585-8.
  • LÁZNIČKA, V. Ochrana přírody a krajiny. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2007. 82 p. ISBN 978-80-7157-886-4.
Recommended reading list
  • SÁDLO, J. et al. Krajina a revoluce: významné přelomy ve vývoji kulturní krajiny českých zemí. 3rd ed. Praha: Malá Skála, 2008. 255 p. ISBN 978-80-86776-06-4.
  • STEJSKAL, V. Úvod do právní úpravy ochrany přírody a péče o biologickou rozmanitost: právní stav k 1.1.2006. Praha: Linde, 2006. 591 p. ISBN 80-7201-609-1.
  • PRIMACK, R B. A Primer of Conservation Biology. 2nd ed. Sunderland: Sinauer Associates, 2000. 319 p. ISBN 0-87893-732-3.
  • GIBBS, J P. Fundamentals of conservation biology. 3rd ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2006. 497 p. ISBN 978-1-4051-3545-0.
  • HÁJEK, P. Jde pevně kupředu naše zem: krajina českých zemí v období socialismu 1948-1989. 1st ed. Praha: Malá Skála, 2008. 161 p. ISBN 978-80-86776-07-1.