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Species conservation in protected areas

About This Course

Species - animal or plant - conservation is a key component of protected area management. It is often included as a goal when planning activities, and is key when monitoring the obtained results and the impacts generated on the field. The MOOC’s goal is therefore to introduce the notion of species, what they represent within a protected area's heritage, how managers conserve them, what the best conditions are, the limits, the opportunities, how can they be used to improve PA results and so on.


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, depending on your knowledge and experience, we recommend that you you follow the MOOC on  Protected Areas Management in Africa before enrolling for this MOOC.

Course Staff

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Geoffroy Mauvais

Geoffroy Mauvais is a veterinarian specialized in the development and management of protected areas in Africa. He has been coordinating the Program on African Protected Areas & Conservation of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN-Papaco) since 2006. After 6 years in Ouagadougou and 3 in Nairobi, he is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Papaco's objective is to improve the governance and management of the continent's protected areas, in order to contribute to better conservation of biodiversity. It is therefore aimed both at preserving species and at maintaining ecosystems and all their functions. It also focuses on the sustainable use of this biodiversity, when it strengthens conservation and is possible to achieve in a sustainable manner. Therefore, it seeks to promote a reasonable use of natural resources adressing the best balance between conservation and valorisation, and a fair distribution of benefits, whatever they may be, at the local level, national level or further. To achieve this, Papaco works primarily on sites and networks assessments, technical support and information for managers, and training of staff and partners in parks and reserves. He joined EPFL in the course of 2015 to develop MOOC programs and other scientific activities in this area.