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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Develop and apply conservation ethics 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253968  Develop and apply conservation ethics 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The qualifying learner assessed as competent against this unit standard will develop a personal set of values and ethics around controversial conservation and environmental issues and is able to identify values underpinning such controversies. This unit standard enhances empathetic understanding of underlying currents and trends in conservation and seeks to address conflict.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Identify values, situations and behaviour which have caused global environmental crises, and which can be addressed at local level.
  • Explain differing interests and values underlying local environmental issues.
  • Develop a personal set of extrinsic and intrinsic values of ecosystems, including their bio-cultural components.
  • Distinguish differing interests and values underlying current practices in conservation.
  • Interact with people to address conservation issues of a bioregional context. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify values, situations and behaviour which have caused global environmental crises, and which can be addressed at local level. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The utilisation of plants and animals for medicinal and other purposes in harmony with conservation principles are outlines as it applies to the local environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ways in which the aesthetic appeal of conservation areas can be maintained is identified as it applies to the operational environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The types, magnitude and frequency of environmental problems; which have caused global crises and are addressed at local level, are identified as it applies to the operational environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The influence of man on the environment is identified and described as it applies to ethical behaviour in conservation environments. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Littering, utilisation of resources including land, etc.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain differing interests and values underlying local environmental conflict issues. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Conflict between the interests of private ownership with local conservation practice is outlined and identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Ways on how the values and interests of communal ownership can impact on the environment are identified and explored. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Ethical considerations are outlined as profit making is weighed up against conservation imperatives. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Develop a personal set of extrinsic and intrinsic values relating to ecosystems, including their bio-cultural components. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The meaning of ethics and its implications in the conservation context is explained. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include littering; responsible use of water, electricity and other natural resources.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A personal local action/commitment list is compiled outlining the extrinsic and intrinsic values relating to ecosystems. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include their bio-cultural components.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A list is drawn up in consultation with local inhabitants to identify local environmental problems or issues that may cause conflict in a bioregional context. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Distinguish differing interests and values underlying current practices in conservation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A distinction is made between "preservationist" and "conservationist" with a view to understanding current practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An overview is given of ecosystems and the differing interests and values that prompt present practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    An explanation is given of how ecocentric and humanistic values can impact on conservation practice and ethics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Include also land ethics, social ecology, strong and weak anthropomorphism and environmental pragmatism as it influences current practices.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Interact with people to address issues of conflict within a bioregional context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An area action list is drawn up consisting of actions and strategies; which will endorse the values and ethics required to solve a particular local environmental problem or issue. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Issues of conflict are addressed by implementing the action list. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Feedback is provided on the outcome(s) of the steps taken to resolve conflict situations. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Broad ethics.
  • A "value".
  • Empathetic skills.
  • Risks and decision taking.
  • Parallel thinking.
  • African and Western approaches to conservation.
  • Wilderness (extrinsic, intrinsic).
  • Man-earth-God relationships (spiritual values).
  • Politico-ethics (capitalistic-socialistic-green and brown issues).
  • Emotion and science.
  • Principles of sufficiency.
  • Conflict management.
  • Conservation and preservation philosophy.
  • Sustainability (some practical intergenerational examples).
  • Bio and cultural issues.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Feminism (eco). 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation:
  • The interpretation of values, situations and behaviour; which may cause environmental conflict or crises, supports the gathering, assessment and evaluation of information in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication:
  • Interacting with others to identify and address issues of conflict requires the use of effective communication in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems:
  • Ecological awareness is essential in the responsible conservation practice and supports the understanding of the world as a set of inter-related systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Responsible citizenship:
  • Developing a personal set of values relating to ecosystems supports the development of responsible citizenship in the operational environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Demonstration of the knowledge and skills outlined in this unit standard must be consistent with the principles of:
  • Maintaining essential ecological processes and life-support systems.
  • Maintaining genetic, species and ecosystem diversity.
  • Considering ecological and social rights and responsibilities.
  • Ensuring sustainable utilization of species and ecosystems, thereby yielding the greatest sustainable and equitable benefit to present generations whilst maintaining the potential to meet the needs and aspirations of future generations. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  66149   Further Education and Training Certificate: Fisheries Resource Compliance  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  TETA 
    Core  59949   National Certificate: Natural Resource Management: Terrestrial  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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