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Spring 2018
Oct 24, 2021
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STIA 347 - Pop/Environ/Sustainable Dev
This course is designed to enhance the students’ understanding of the interrelation of population and the environment/agriculture in one of the most urbanized world regions, namely Latin American. The seminar will explore the relationship between agricultural expansion and natural habitat reduction, livelihoods systems, as well as, the decisive role played by the growing population component in specific hot spots in the region. The course will be divided into two sessions: First, we will review current trends of population growth, main issues to attain sustainable development and its implications for environmental, agricultural and social wellbeing that characterizes and shapes the region today. We will focus on production patterns with a gender lens to understand the role of men and women in rural societies and that of Indigenous Peoples, who play a central role in preserving biodiversity to achieve food security. A module focused on the emerging field of Population, Health and Environment (PHE) will be presented and discussed with the participation of current project managers and practitioners (USAID, Conservation International, PRB, IUCN) who strive to further this field of study in developing countries (Comparative sites in Africa and Asia).  Secondly, we will review the impact of farming and natural resource management (NRM) in selected sub-regions, landscapes and geo-physical systems (the Andes; the Mesoamerican Corridor; the Caribbean Basin, the Brazilian Amazon, etc.) along with patterns of land use, the role of ecosystem services and sustainable management of the resources in the region. We will underlie the main causes of deforestation, soil erosion and biodiversity loss while reflecting on the implications of climate change and sound alternatives (mitigation and adaptation) to ameliorate its impact. An overview of gender analysis and resource management will be presented in order to understand patterns of land use and conservation strategies, both individually and collectively and how males and females contribute differently to conservation and agricultural production efforts.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/STIA Environment/Energy, Mean Grade is Calculated

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