sustainable resource management plan (~ 2 pages ): H u m a n i t i e s
For this project you will focus on a case study of an environmental resource management concern affecting a local community here in British Columbia.
1 You need to identify a case study that relates to one of the following course topics: freshwater, ocean systems, air pollution, energy or waste. Make sure you choose a case study topic that interests you and that there are sufficient resources available to study your case. You project will explore the geographic context for your case study and the stakeholders involved in the issue. You will also undertake a critical evaluation of existing approaches to managing this environmental problem and develop your own sustainable management plan and policy recommendations. Learning outcomes: In completing this assignment students will: • Develop their understanding of a local environmental management concern • Evaluate the diverse views and roles of stakeholders involved in this issue • Critically assess current approaches to resolving a local environmental concern • Apply knowledge of sustainable management approaches to a local resource problem Detailed Instructions The project will be completed in six steps, as follows:
1. Case study overview (~1 page): In the introduction to your project, describe your case study topic and location and make it clear how this case relates to a core course theme. Outline the key challenges in managing this issue and how the local environment or community is negatively impacted. Note that this should be a concise overview outlining the key aspects of your case study and indicating how you will address this issue.
2. Case study context (~1.5 pages): Provide a more detailed description of the geographic area for your case study, including relevant information about the biophysical environment and human characteristics of the area. Discuss how the resource management issue has emerged in this community over time and if this is a relatively recent or a long-standing problem. Give a sense of the spatial scale of the problem in relation to the area impacted and how this problem manifests in the environment. For example, is this a problem of diffuse, non-point source pollution that affects a wide area and is hard to contain or is it an issue that is more concentrated in a specific location within a community? Think also about the population exposed to the problem; is this an issue for all those that live in an area, or is it focused on a specific social group or neighbourhood? Temporal scale may also be relevant to consider, for example is this a periodic or seasonal issue, or a more permanent problem? Use maps or other images to help show key geographical features of the area relevant to your resource issue. Remember that geography relates to both physical and human elements as they manifest in a specific space so address both of these elements. It may also be relevant to consider impacts on local culture or the aesthetics of a place. 1 If you are living elsewhere you may focus on a community in that area. GEOG 101 Environmental Geography (Fall 2020)
3. Stakeholder details (~1.5 pages): Stakeholder analysis is a way to identify key stakeholders, assess their interests and roles, and clarify how they are impacted by resource management issues. In this step you need to identify the key stakeholders that are involved in your own case study. Carefully consider their roles in relation to the problem you have highlighted. For example, are they contributing to the problem, impacted by the problem or managing the problem? Each different issue will have a unique set of stakeholders, but relevant groups may be policy makers, resource managers, researchers, community planners, local citizens, environmental NGOs, Indigenous groups, businesses, industries or many others. As well as describing the roles of these stakeholders in your written report it is beneficial to include a relational diagram or stakeholder map that shows each of the key stakeholders involved, summarizes their main roles and relation to each other in the resource management process. 2 You should also highlight any important conflicts or differences of opinion between these groups that might act as a barrier to initiating more sustainable management approaches. In this summary you might wish to include some quotes that represent different views.
4. Analysis of management approaches (~1.5 pages): Review previous approaches to tackling this resource management issue and offer a critique of the effectiveness of these strategies. This might include an assessment of what has worked in the past and what has been less successful. Consider how the existing approaches reflect a specific logic of resource management and discuss the limitations of this. For example, water scarcity might be managed by improving the supply infrastructure or by introducing conservation measures for citizens, while waste problems can improve provisions for disposal or try and reduce waste flows at source. 5. Sustainable resource management plan (~2 pages): Having reflected on your selected resource management issue you need to identify and summarize the key challenges that remain in tackling this issue. You should then develop your own sustainable resource management plan, including key policy recommendations and specific strategies that you would introduce to tackle the issue. You should outline your plan in detail in your typed report, including information on how the plan would be operationalised, which stakeholders would be involved and a proposed timeline for enacting your plan, including short, medium and longer-term steps that might be taken to achieve your sustainable resource management goals. Think about any obstacles or stakeholder conflicts that you might encounter in introducing your plan and discuss how you would overcome these. 6. Visual Infographic (~ 1 page; in addition to main text): The final task is to summarize the key steps of your sustainable resource plan visually in a poster or infographic.3 This should be concise, creative and visually effective in illustrating your ideas for a sustainable action plan. You can choose to draw your poster or design it in an infographic package (e.g. Canva, Piktochart) or another application of your choice. You can embed the poster in your document or include it as a separate file with your submission. 2 If you are not sure how to organize this diagram some tips will be shared in the next review session. 3 Further ideas for the visual element will be discussed in the next review session. See also, CapU CTE for some infographic details: https://cte.capilanou.ca/resources/educational-tec…
GEOG 101 Environmental Geography (Fall 2020) Assignment Formatting and Referencing The project should be prepared as follows, please check carefully before submission and make your assignment look as professional as possible. • Cover page with student name, ID, title of project and image illustrating your topic • Typed text should be 7-8 pages (1.5 spacing, 12pt font, ~2500-3000 words) • Use headings and sub-headings to demarcate key sections • Additional maps, images and diagrams should be included (add title/ source) • Carefully edit your submission for grammar, spelling and formatting • Use proper citation format (APA style; in-text and bibliography at the end) Grading Rubric The assignment is marked out of 30 points. Submissions will be evaluated using the general course grading rubric, with more specific grading criteria outline below. Marks will be deducted for partial completion of work or late submissions. Marks will be deducted for poorly formatted work and for grammatical and spelling errors. Zero marks will be given for work that is copied from other sources, or from other students, and this will be very carefully checked. Evaluation Criteria Marks Selection of a relevant topic and case study location that fulfils project criteria. 1 Introduction offers a concise and accurate assessment of the resource concern and local environmental and community impacts. 3 Description of the case study area, including key physical and human geography characteristics is detailed and accurate in relation to historical context, scale and scope of the problem and groups affected. Maps, diagrams and images are used to illustrate key points effectively.
5 All relevant and key stakeholders are included, and the perspectives and roles of these groups are clearly explained in relation to the resource management issue. Relations between different actors and any conflicts between them are described. Summary diagram clearly sets out stakeholder roles and relations. 5 Comprehension and critique of management approaches that have been applied to address this problem is well developed and connects to management logics and approaches discussed in the course. 5 Sustainable resource management plan is clear in rationale, key recommendations and detailed action plan (strategies and timelines). Shows an advanced understanding of sustainable resource management approaches outlined in the course. Plan is adapted to the local case study rather than offering only generalized recommendations. 6 Infographic/ poster is concise and visually effective in conveying key elements of plan. 3 Resources used are appropriate to the task and are from reputable/ relevant sources. Citations are included for all details sourced from others, including text/images. 2