Online Learning » food Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:42:51 +0000 EN hourly 1 Sustainability in Asia Pacific Wed, 23 May 2007 10:55:33 +0000 butuzov Background
Asia and the Pacific is the home to 65% of the world’s population. It is also one of the fastest growing regions in the world in terms of industrial production and economic development. Yet, we find that 670 million people in the region live on less that US$1 per day. Nearly 2 billion people have no access to improved sanitation and over 650 million are without access to drinking water.

In the Pacific, the island communities face a unique set of problems in terms of energy security, waste management and the conservation of natural resources and marine ecosystems.

Countries on mainland Asia need to deal with dramatic population growth and rapid urbanization.

How the Asia Pacific region responds to the sustainability challenge will affect the future of the global environment.

This semester-based Advanced Seminar on International Environmental Studies is implemented by a network of universities in the Asia Pacific region. The topics covered include:

Coral Reef Management and Marine Biodiversity
Small Island Ecosystems and Sustainable Development
Forest Resource Management
Coastal Zone Management
Air Pollution Control in Asia
Land, Air and Marine Based Chemical Pollution
Solid Waste Management
Sustainable Agriculture
International Environmental Policies
Kyoto Protocol and Climate Change
Innovative Environmental Policy Tools
Earth Observing Technologies

Each partner university integrates the course into their existing teaching programmes and in many instances offers credits to the students taking the course. A certificate is awarded to students who complete all of the course assignments.

The course offers advanced professionals and students interested in environmental studies, planning, and resource conservation and management an opportunity to learn from a diverse faculty from each of the participating institutions as well as distinguished guest lecturers from regional and international organizations.

Design and Technology
The course is implemented real-time over video-conferencing with 15 sessions, each lasting 2.5 hours. Hosted on the Moodle Learning Management System maintained by the University of Hawai’i.

Course Coordinator
Keio University

Copyright License
Copyright is owned the individual lecturers. Some Rights Reserved.

Project Title
Asia Pacific Initiative

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Our World 2.0 Sun, 20 May 2007 06:43:40 +0000 brendan Our World 2.0 is a webzine and video brief series that explores the interactions between our daily lives and complex issues like climate change, oil dependency, food security and biodiversity. It informs and shares understanding on these topics and explores the changes that are taking place now in order to make the transition to a post-oil, low carbon society of the future, were there is sufficient food for all.

Why Now?

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change continued emissions at today’s levels will lead to further warming of 1.8?C to 4?C over the 21st Century, depending on different scenarios. Time is running out as we try to meet the Kyoto Protocol targets in 2012 and many countries are already proposing drastic CO2 reductions that must be met by 2050. We want to track the changes as they happen and learn from them. The price of oil has been increasing rapidly from 2003 onwards and is predicted to rise to nearer US$200.

This has a major impact on economies that have a heavy dependency on oil. Moreover, developed and developing countries rely on the cheap export and import of food. Rising oil prices, the switch to bio-fuels, and climate-induced weather disasters are affecting the availability and cost of food. The advent of industrial agriculture and also deforestation has impacted severely on biodiversity. All of these issues will continue to be a concern for decades to come. The mitigate the worst effects, we need to start making changes across the board, from now. We need to re-invent Our World.

Target Audience

Our World 2.0 provides information for policy-makers, change-makers and the general public. It has an educational role for mainly students in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners.

Design and Technology

The web magazine has been developed using Wordpress. The video content showcased in the web-magazine is hosted in Vimeo. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.


The web-magazine articles are authored by UNU experts, by guest contributors and invited expert opinions pieces.

Copyright License

Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 3.0

Project Title

Our World 2.0

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