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Fall 2018
Oct 24, 2021
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STIA 332 - CLab: Nature in Development
Natural ecosystems provide critical benefits such as food, fuels, fiber, and regulation of climate, floods, disease, wastes, and water quality. Many of the world’s most valuable ecosystems are found in tropical, developing countries where many of the world’s poorest people live and depend on nature for their livelihoods and survival. Multi-national companies are also investing in these areas to benefit from rich natural resources and are important drivers of economic growth in many developing countries. Sustainable development requires balancing ecosystem conservation, human welfare and economic growth yet achieving this balance can be challenging given the trade-offs between meeting short-term demands that place increasing pressure on natural resources and the long-term conservation of ecosystems to support basic human needs and national economic growth. This course will address the importance of ecosystems for human well-being and economic growth in developing countries and will explore the scientific evidence, gaps, tools and advances in leveraging natural ecosystems to support sustainable development. 
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the ecological dimensions of poverty reduction and economic development, particularly in natural resource rich/low-income countries; understand the trade-offs and synergies in achieving social, economic and ecological outcomes associated policies/development projects; articulate risks and opportunities of international businesses working in natural resource rich countries; and become familiar with the landscape of international policy and financing mechanisms supporting ecosystem management globally. Students will be assessed through a combination of case studies on examples of ecosystem management for poverty reduction and a finally report analyzing scientific gaps and advances needed to better integrate ecosystem management into international development planning and policies. 

Instructor Bio: Jane “Carter” Ingram has over 20 years of experience in integrating ecosystem management and conservation into economic development and poverty reduction in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United States. Current, she is a Senior Manager at EY leading a natural capital service offering in the US to support private and public sector clients in identifying, measuring and valuing natural capital to support business strategy and decision making. Prior to EY, Carter established and led the Ecosystem Services program at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she worked closely with field staff, governments, multi-lateral institutions, non-governmental organizations, universities and global companies in Africa, Asia and Latin America to advance ecosystem conservation and integrate conservation into sustainable development strategies. Carter also helped launch and manage the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Partnership focused on catalyzing interdisciplinary scientific working groups to address challenges at the nexus of nature conservation, economic development and human well-being. She has Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the School of Geography and the Environment from Oxford University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and has written over 50 articles, reports and publications on integrating ecosystem management into markets, corporate strategies and government and community development plans and policies. She has held adjunct positions and taught courses on these topics at the Columbia University and New York University. Currently, she co-leads a USGS/SESYNC funded international working group on advancing natural accounting in the US, is a Conservation Fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Society, a member of the Science Advisory Committee for the Science for Nature and People Partnership and serves on the Technical Advisory Group member for the UNDP Equator Initiative. 

The syllabus is subject to change and serves as a draft. Please use url for download: https://georgetown.box.com/s/trezntvacvfjtahzbx2iu01zin21y7s9

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Science, Tech, & Int'l Affairs Department

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