This topic focuses on the concepts of sustainable development as they are applied to aquaculture. There is a strong emphasis on biodiversity planning in this topic, which also reviews the Convention on Biodiversity and policy implications at national and international levels. You will have opportunity, to examine several case studies where the Convention on Biodiversity has been implemented and explore the practicalities and constraints experienced. The ways in which governments and the public perceive problems are also discussed. This topic will be of interest to anyone wishing to develop their understanding of environmental and conservation issues at the policy level.