GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Introduction

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This week, we explore the challenges and opportunities for conserving and restoring wildlife populations and habitats in a humanized world. As you can imagine, there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution. Each region and human community has its own unique set of circumstances, which is what makes these efforts so challenging, but also so important to study.

The debate over how to sustain human livelihoods alongside healthy and diverse ecosystems is ongoing, and now is your chance to enter into the conversation. I hope that the readings for the week help spark your curiosity and lead you to insights about our complex relationship to other human and nonhuman communities. The more people thinking about how to deal with these challenging issues, the better!

Assignments Due During Week 10:

  • Take the Week 10 Quiz by Tuesday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Submit your weekly Questions & Reactions by Tuesday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Respond to your classmates Q&R posts by Thursday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
  • Submit your Final Essay Outline of due by Tuesday at 11:59 pm Eastern.
  • Peer review two outlines of your fellow classmates' by Thursday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.
    • After the Tuesday night deadline, return to the Final Essay Component: Outline assignment in the lesson 10 module and click on the Peer Review link to access the submissions that you will be providing feedback to.

Materials for Week 10:

  • Brian King (2010) Conservation Geographies in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Politics of National Parks, Community Conservation and Peace Parks.
  • Roderick Neumann (2004) Moral and discursive geographies in the war for biodiversity in Africa.
  • David Simpson (Director) Milking the Rhino.

Week 10 Objectives:

At the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • Interpret and critique global trends in protected area management.
  • Compare the social, ecological, and economic impacts of "fortress conservation" with newer conservation strategies.
  • Analyze the impacts of community-based conservation efforts on wildlife populations and local communities.
  • Discuss the impacts of counter-poaching efforts on the lives of humans and wildlife who live and work in protected areas.
  • Suggest ways to improve projects that seek to integrate environmental conservation and poverty alleviation.

Let's dive in!