INTODUCTORY COURSE IN ECOLOGY, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
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Questions for Module 1 - Each answer should not exceed half of a page.
  1. What is the biosphere?
  2. Do you think it is possible that a molecule of water that is currently in your body may have been part of a dinasour many millions of years ago? Please explain your answer.
  3. It is said that the ocean is the biggest consumer of carbon dioxide in the world. Do you agree or disagree with this statement.
Please email answers for Module 1 to the tutor: riburke@gmail.com  by the end of the work day on Monday 28th July 2008.

 
 
Questions for Module 2 - Answers need not exceed two page. Please answer all questions in SECTION D  as well as three additional questions. One each from SECTIONS A, B and C. You are therefore required to answer 5 questions.
 
SECTION A
  1. Explain the linkages between wetlands such as mangroves and fisheries, water pollution and coral reefs.
  2. How does overfishing affect the viability of reef ecosystems and human coastal populations?
  3. Describe the differences and similarities between mangroves and estuaries, and their different ecological functions.

SECTION B

  1. How does development (agriculture, construction of homes, offices, roads, etc) impact on groundwater storage?
  2. Discuss groundwater (drinking water supplies) protection measures that can be applied to remedy the following situations: leaching of agricultural chemicals, industrial spills, seepage from household septic tanks or sewage systems.

SECTION C

  1. What government measures have been put in place for the conservation and sustainable use of water resources in your country? Why have/not they worked?
  2. Describe the importance of women in water management in different areas of your country.

SECTION D

  1. What are the management and ethical issues associated with treating water as an economic good instead of a common good/right?
  2. Besides government policy, what other measures can be taken to encourage understanding and practice of IWRM?
Please email answers for Module 2 to the tutor - Danielle Burnham:  daniellesburnham@hotmail.com by the end of the work day on Monday 4th August 2008.

 
 
 
Questions for Module 3. Length of answers are at your discretion
  1. What is climate change or global warming? What is the right term?
  2. Is global warming really happening or is it just a theory?
  3. What are some of the signs of global climate change?
  4. How can scientists be sure that global warming is happening when climate records only go back a few hundred years? Why isn't the warming we are seeing part of a natural cycle?
  5. What are some of the possible effects of climate change?
  6. What needs to be done about climate change?
Please email answers for Module 3 to the tutor - Tamoy Singh: tamoy.singh@gmail.com  by the end of the work day on Monday 11th August 2008.

Module 4: Alternative energy
 


 
Questions for Module 5
 
Please answer all of the following questions.

 

  1. Describe the role of the public in solid waste management. ( 1 page )
  2. Briefly describe some strategies that may be utilised to encourage Caribbean people and businesses to adopt good waste management practices. ( 1 page )
  3. Briefly outline an integrated waste management system which you would consider to be most appropriate for your country. Take into consideration the various  waste prevention, treatment and disposal options available and the current social, economic and environmental situation in your country. (No more than 2 pages)
Please email answers for Module 5 to the tutor -  Kisandra Bynoe:  kisandrabynoe@hotmail.com  by the end of the work day on Tuesday  26th August 2008.
 

 
 
 
Recommended reading 1        Recommended reading 2         Recommended reading 3                                     
 
 
 
Questions for Module 6
 

Questions 1, 2 and either 3 or 4 must be answered. Each answer may be up to 2 pages in length.

 

  1. Describe as many conservation measures as possible to combat the following facets of degradation, taking into consideration scenarios where agriculture, heavy industrial activity, tourism and human settlements are present:

    -          erosion by wind and water

    -          salinity and acidity

    -          contamination (prevention and remediation)

    -          loss of nutrients, soil structure, beneficial soil organisms

 

   2.  A large area of land has the following characteristics:

-         a private developer is seeking planning permission to build a water amusement park

-         part of the area is virgin tropical forest

-         part of the area has traditionally been used by the neighbouring community for recreation

-         recently a section of the land has been developed for use by cattle farmers

-         a river runs adjacent to the farm and into a mangrove wetland further downstream

-         the community collects their water from the river

       Describe the conflicts that could arise between these users, the potential damage to the       natural resources (land, air, water, biodiversity), and how the conflicts can be resolved.

 

  3.  What laws, policies and activities are there in your country which encourage SLM (i.e. sustainable use of land resources by different parties without detriment to the environment)? Are they effective?

 

  4.  What problems or evidence are there in your country which indicate that land degradation is occurring or land resources are not being managed sustainably? How would you try to fix them?

 
 
Please email answers for Module 6 to the tutor - Danielle Burnham:  daniellesburnham@hotmail.com by the end of the work day on Tuesday 2nd September 2008.
 

 

 
Please read the sections below:
 
Section 1       Section2       Section 3       Section 4        Section 5       Section 6       Section 7       Section 8
 
 
Please click on the link below and review the photograph. In one page list the sources and types of pollution that you can identify in the image. Provide evidence or inferences where possible. 
 
 
Please email answers for Module 7 to the tutor - Reggie Burke:  riburke@gmail.com by the end of the work day on Friday 19th September 2008.
 

 
 
 
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Biodiversity questions 
 

1. What are the four components of biodiversity?
 
2. Why is biodiversity important to
    -  The earth's life support system
    -  The economy

3. Based on what you have learnt, can you identify
   - Species diversity in your community
 
Please email answers for Module 8 to the tutor - Joanne Ford:    chynieangel@msn.com 
 by the end of the work day on Friday 26th September 2008.
 
 

 
 
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Coastal zone management questions
 
1. Name the 4 types of Integration and give an example of each
 
2. Using the challenges associated with ICZM, can you identify any such in your community
 
3. Using the article, issues and importance of Guyana's coastal zone, why is the coastal zone important to Guyana?  (this article is given in your recommended reading list)
 
Please email answers for Module 8 to the tutor - Joanne Ford:    chynieangel@msn.com 
 by Saturday 4th October 2008.

 
 
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Email answers for Module 11 to the tutor - Renee Boyce-Drakes (email: rbdrakes@gmail.com) by Monday 13th October 2008.