t his booklet was developed in response to a need identified by the C.A.P.E.: Biodiversity Conservation Education Sub- programme. Its intention is to begin to open up some learning pathways and associated learning programmes to support careers in biodiversity conservation. The development of the booklet was undertaken through a review of various learning programmes offered by different organisations and institutions that link to careers in biodiversity conservation.
The review was undertaken through a desktop study, including an internet search, document review and in some cases telephonic and / or e-mail follow up with organisations and institutions. It encompassed a review of learning programmes across all levels on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) from Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) level 4, through to Further Education and Training (levels 2, 3 and 4) to Higher Education and Training (levels 5 to 8). It also included a review of short courses offered by various organisations.
The review involved a search of programmes and courses that reflected a focus on environmental management, sustainable development, biodiversity conservation, nature conservation, agriculture, tourism, community development and environmental education.
The review of learning programmes was organised around the different levels of the NQF and short courses. These levels are used in the presentation of learning programmes in this booklet and include:
Further Education and Training Courses;
Learnerships and Skills Programmes;
Technikon Qualifications; and
Various processes of review were employed at each level, given the availability and comprehensive nature of available information. These varying processes include:
Learning Opportunities for Careers in Biodiversity Conservation