Conservation Economics

By Prof. Ankur Awadhiya   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 841
The times are changing: we live in an era when issues such as climate change, over population, pollution, habitat loss and mass extinction of species are no longer just academic concepts; we are witnessing them in our daily lives and suffering their consequences. We are continuously trashing our planet and harming ourselves in the process. And this is when we know so much about what the issues are, how and why they arise, and how they can be solved. We have the technological solutions; and still we’re largely unable to actually solve the problems. This is largely because these problems require not just a technological solution – they also require reworking of national and global policies. And solving the problems will entail costs and require money – such as for treating waste water before disposal, for increasing the efficiency of resource utilisation to reduce overconsumption of resources, for shifting to greener sources of energy that don’t emit greenhouse gases, for shifting to green chemistry that doesn’t pollute, for making infrastructures that do not harm the wildlife, and for incentivising more research to make better technologies. It is these costs, and not just a lack of technology, that prevent us from solving the problems. Thus, the need of the hour is to understand the Economics of Conservation to create an environment where we can use technologies to solve our problems. In this course, we shall look at the processes of Conventional Economics that have led to the destruction of the environment by putting profits above everything, and how we can solve these issues of Conventional Economics with a better understanding of Economics – Green Economics.

INTENDED AUDIENCE  Officers and staff of Forest departments, Students of Forestry, Wildlife conservation, Economics, Developmental Studies and allied disciplines, Policy makers, Aspirants of Civil Services Examination
PREREQUISITES  Should have done 10+2 with Science or Economics
INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT     : Tourism industries, Education industries, Green energy industries, Renewable energy / materials industry, Construction industries
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 What is Economics?
Week 2 What is Conservation?
Week 3 Modern impacts necessitating conservation
Week 4 Threats to wildlife
Week 5 How can Economics help?
Week 6 Markets: Places where Economics works
Week 7 Markets, welfare and conservation
Week 8 Public sector and conservation
Week 9 Industrial organisation and conservation
Week 10 Labour market economics and conservation
Week 11 Practical issues in Economics and Conservation
Week 12 Case Studies

Books and references

1.Economics, Krugman and Wells
2.Economics, Hubbard & O'Brien
3.Principles of Economics, N. Gregory Mankiw
4.Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell

Instructor bio

Prof. Ankur Awadhiya

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Ankur Awadhiya (B. Tech IIT Kanpur 2009, Ph. D IIT Kanpur 2015, AIGNFA IGNFA Dehradun 2016, PGDAWM WII Dehradun 2018) is an IFS officer borne on the Madhya Pradesh cadre. His interests include photography, tourism, research, instrumentation and creative literary pursuits.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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