Human impact on ecosystems

Humans are part of the ecological balance and their activities can affect ecosystems both directly and indirectly. In this topic at A level students are required to consider effective management of the conflict between human needs and conservation to maintain sustainability of resources and promote biodiversity for the good of the local, national and global environment. Conservation methods such as marine conservation zones and wildlife reserves, seed banks, gardens and zoos could all be possible methods that could be considered.

In this topic students will be expected to be able to evaluate evidence and data concerning issues relating to the conservation of species and habitats and consider conflicting evidence that may be presented.

In some A level specifications students are also expected to have some knowledge of international and local conservation agreements.

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