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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Demonstrate knowledge of nature conservation in terms of its role and function in society 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
252468  Demonstrate knowledge of nature conservation in terms of its role and function in society 
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 2  NQF Level 02 
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 
This unit standard enables the understanding of the way in which the natural world functions at a basic level to support the conducting of Nature Conservation activities in an environmentally sensitive manner. This unit standard furthermore supports a good foundation for future learning as it ensures understanding of the broader context of Nature Conservation operations.

Persons credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explain the concept and principles of nature conservation broadly.
  • Outline the history of nature conservation.
  • Demonstrate the relevance of nature conservation principles to society.
  • Explain the inter-relatedness within ecosystems.
  • Identify locally scarce plants and animals. 

  • 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 1. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the concept and principles of nature conservation in broad terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The concept of nature conservation is explained in broad terms. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The principles of nature conservation are outlined as to define the role and purpose of Nature Conservation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A comparison is drawn between sustainable and unsustainable use of natural resources. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Outline the history of nature conservation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An outline is given of key developments in the history of nature conservation as it applies to changing emphasis within this operational environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Species conservation to biodiversity conservation, animal-centred to people-centred approaches, protected areas to landscape conservation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Key phases in the development of Nature Conservation is identified and discussed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate the relevance of nature conservation principles to society. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The value of nature conservation is explained as it applies to its aesthetic and ecological value. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevance of nature conservation is explained as it applies to the legacy of nature conservation for future generations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of nature conservation is explained as it applies to its economic and recreational value. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The contribution of nature conservation to a nation's health is described. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Explain the inter-relatedness within ecosystems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The meaning of eco-system inter-relatedness is clarified through the use of key conservation terms. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Food chains, food webs and trophic levels.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance of conserving the integrity of the habitat is explained as it applies to the promoting of the survival of species. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify scarce plants and animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An outline is provided of the work of local, national and international conservations agencies. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Statement:
  • NGO's, IUCN,TRAFFIC, WWF-SA.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Definitions are provided along with relevant examples of what is meant by the expression "red data". 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A tabulation is given of CITES categories. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An outline is provided of other degrees of scarcity/abundance of species. 


    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 
  • International, national and local conservation agencies (including NGO`s) e.g. IUCN, TRAFFIC, WWF-SA etc.
  • The history of conservation.
  • Integrated conservation management.
  • Indigenous conservation practices.
  • Causes of soil erosion.
  • Red Data Categories.
  • Nature conservation principles (including sustainable utilization, species conservation, landscape conservation, Coastal Zone Conservation).
  • Ecological principles (Ecosystems, food chains, food webs and trophic levels).
  • Value of Nature Conservation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving using creative thinking.
  • This unit standard enables the leaner to use the understanding of conservation to identify and solve conservation issues related to the area of operation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Interrelatedness of systems.
  • No learner can properly understand ecosystems without grasping the fundamental truth that all parts of such systems are inescapably and inextricably linked and interdependent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development.
  • This unit standard offers the learner the opportunity to develop a personal perspective on the history of conservation efforts. It is important to become familiar with the organisations and agencies that have been established to pursue conservation objectives. Awareness of history and the challenge of conserving the natural environment for the benefit of future generations is an important element in the personal development of the learner. 

  • 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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59389   National Certificate: Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship  Level 2  NQF Level 02  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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