This module examines the environmental policy frameworks within the UK, within Europe and internationally with specific reference to:
1. Legislation (supranational and national) on protected areas, nature conservation, landscape, spatial planning and common property resources
2. Governance models and policies to address climate change mitigation and adaptation, including regional and spatial planning
3. Water resources planning and management – water quality, quantity and the avoidance of pollution
4. The integration of environmental considerations into other areas of policy, including energy and land use (agriculture and forestry);
In addition, the module will examine the hierarchical structure of policy design and implementation, and consider the most effective methods for policy monitoring and evaluation. Of particular relevance will be an understanding of how nation states interpret and implement supra-national agreements and obligations, with reference to international and EU legislation.