Online Learning » Wordpress http://onlinelearning.unu.edu Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:42:51 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 EN hourly 1 The Satoyama Initiative http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/the-satoyama-initiative/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/the-satoyama-initiative/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:40:39 +0000 brendan http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/?page_id=26 Satoyama landscape is a traditional Japanese multi-functional land use system in which agricultural practices and natural resource management techniques are used to optimize the benefits derived from local ecosystems. The products obtained (including food and fuel) help safeguard the community against poverty, but without degrading the land, water or other resources.

Similar landscapes have sustained millions of people around the globe for thousands of years. Yet, with the various forces of modernization and urbanization, these ways have been increasingly undermined or abandoned, and many ecosystems have been harmed and the corresponding communities weakened.

The Satoyama Initiative, a global effort led by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, aims to help evaluate such landscapes and promote the revival and amelioration of the mechanisms for their sustainable management.  The Initiative can help achieve the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), being officially proposed at the CBD’s Tenth Conference of the Parties and incorporated into Convention-related activities.

Authors / Target audience

The Initiative’s portal serves as a mechanism for networking, communication and information-sharing among the Satoyama International Partnership, which is to be comprised of participating national governments, local governments, civil societies, local communities, private sector entities, NPOs/NGOs, educational and research institutes and international organizations — all of whom have stakes and interests in advancing such landscapes where human-nature relationships are more sustainable.

The educational materials produced by these partners — such as videos conveying information about the Initiative, case studies and lessons learnt — serve not just in achieving the goals of the Initiative, but as an important reference for academics and students in related fields. Additionally, the video content acts as awareness-raising material for the general public at a time when such knowledge needs to be more widely disseminated and considered.

Design and technology

The portal has been developed using Wordpress. The video content showcased is produced by the Media Studio and hosted in Vimeo. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Copyright License

Except where otherwise specified, the contents (text, video, graphics, photography) of the Satoyama Initiative portal are licensed by the United Nations University under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.

Project Title

Satoyama Initiative

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Sustaining our Forests http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/foper/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/foper/#comments Thu, 24 May 2007 10:53:47 +0000 butuzov http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/foper/ Importance of Forests
Forests cover 30% of the global land area or about 4 billion hectares. This equates to around 0.6 hectare per person. However, forests are not evenly distributed and five countries (the Russian Federation, Brazil, Canada, the United States and China) account for more than half the total forest area.

Deforestation
Throughout history, the competition between forested and agricultural land has been intense. Deforestation is a major problem today as we lose around 13 million hectares of forested land each year. This includes the loss of just over 8 million hectares per year in South America and Africa collectively.

Conserving our Forests
Over the past three decades, we have witnessed the emergence of sustainable forest management promoting stewardship of forest lands in order to maintain their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential, now and in the future.

Highlights
This interactive and open educational resource explores the multiple uses of forests for wood production, as hunting grounds, as recreational areas and as the protection of biodiversity.

We can understand how the forest scientist views forests as a natural resource to be managed. How the forest economist understands the forest as an economic resource or a property. Forests are part of the natural capital of nations.

A policy-maker, on the other hand, emphasizes the relationship between society and forests, and seeks to manage the conflicting interests between different stakeholders (private industry, public agencies, non-governmental bodies and the general population.

This open educational resource has been designed as to improve your understanding of forestry, market economics and forest economics including concepts related to forest policy. On completion, you should be able to better understand the interconnections between forest economics and policies (past and present).

Using this Open Educational Resource
This learning resource has been designed for students enrolled in an MSc Course on Forestry Policy through a network of universities in the Western Balkans.

It is available for use in similar programmes across the globe and provides an overview of some of the key theoretical concepts and practice in the area of forestry, economics and policy-making.

Level
Designed for students in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners.

Design and Technology
Developed using Wordpress with a customized plug-in support for the creation of multi-choice quizzes, footnotes as well as image captions. Contains narrated animations using Flash Video. Compatibility tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Authors
Olli Saastamoinen and Jukka Matero from the University of Joensuu.

Copyright License
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0

Project Title
Contribution to the Forest Policy and Economics Education and Research (FOPER) project

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Environmental Impact Assessment http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/eia/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/eia/#comments Wed, 23 May 2007 01:24:35 +0000 butuzov http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/sea/ Global phenomena
Environmental Impact Assessment is a global concern. A formal process for Environmental Impact Assessment now exists in over 100 countries around the world.

Purpose of Environmental Impact Assessment
The design of development projects like highways, airports and power stations is greatly enhanced through the use of environmental impact assessment. It is a systematic process to identify, predict and evaluate the environmental effects of proposed actions and projects.

Preventing damage to the environment
This process is applied before major decisions and development commitments are made. The main objective is to prevent, reduce and off-set significant negative impacts on the environment. Through the application of Environmental Impact Assessment it is possible to provide better information to the decision-maker on the environmental consequences of proposed actions.

Highlights
This open educational resource includes three parts: a course module, a wiki and an instructional guide. Through the course module you will learn:

Why do we need Environmental Impact Assessment?
Who is responsible?
How to undertake such an assessment?
What are the costs and benefits of completing an assessment?

An online encyclopedia
The wiki provides you with access to an encyclopedia on Environmental Impact Assessment. It includes information on the relevant legislation in each country as well as case studies of the implementation of this form of assessment in different sectors and in different countries. This encyclopedia is constantly being updated by you – the community of learners and educators.

Instructional Guide
This learning resource was initially developed for international students enrolled in the Masters of Science Degree in Global Environment and Development Studies at Agder University College in Norway. It is available for use in similar programmes across the globe. You can adapt and use these materials in your own teaching programmes. There are sample assignments that you may build on and change.

Level
Designed for students in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners.

Design and Technology
The course module was developed using Wordpress with a custom built plug-in to support the creation of multi-choice quizzes. It contains video interviews with the subject matter expert as well as narrated animations using Flash Video. The online encyclopedia was developed using Mediawiki. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Authors
Barry Sadler and Mary McCabe edited the original UNEP training manual. Ralph Horne and Ian Thomas from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University edited the course module.

Copyright License
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 3.0

Project Title
Contribution to the UNU-Global Virtual University

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Strategic Env. Assessment http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/sea/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/sea/#comments Wed, 23 May 2007 01:18:20 +0000 butuzov http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/?page_id=5 Mainstreaming environmental sustainability into development planning

Through this open educational resource on Strategic Environmental Assessment, you will examine how to construct predictions on the likely environmental impacts of major policy decisions, how to look at alternative policy scenarios and how to involve the public in the decision-making.

A new approach

Strategic environmental assessment is a new approach to environmental issues. It plays a key role in enabling nations and communities meet a whole range of objectives including tackling global warming and protecting biodiversity. By ensuring that decision-makers consider the environmental consequences of actions at the earliest possible stage, it helps find the best possible option in environmental, social and economic terms.

Open, rational decisions

The emphasis is on preventing environmental damage. It requires that each decision is made in a rational and open manner, and as such Strategic Environmental Assessment is a powerful tool that reinforces the principles of democracy and equity.

Highlights

This open educational resource includes three components: a course module, a wiki and an instructional guide. The course module covers the following topics:

Why we need Strategic Environmental Assessment? What kinds of decisions (strategic actions) require an assessment? How do you undertake this assessment?

An online encyclopedia

The wiki provides you with access to an encyclopedia on Strategic Environmental Assessment. It includes information on the relevant legislation in each country as well as case studies of the implementation of this form of assessment in different sectors and in different countries. This encyclopedia is constantly being updated by you – the community of learners and the educators.

Instructional Guide

This learning resource was initially developed for students enrolled at Oxford Brookes University in the UK and international students enrolled in the Masters of Science Degree in Global Environment and Development Studies at Agder University College in Norway. It is possible for you to adapt and use in your own teaching programmes. This open educational resource contains sample assignments that you may build on and adapt.

Level

Designed for students in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners.

Design and Technology

The course module was developed using Wordpress and contains Flash video animations and interviews with the subject matter expert. The online encyclopedia was developed using Mediawiki. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Author

Riki Therivel from Oxford Brookes University is one of the leading international experts in Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Copyright License

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0

Project Title

Contribution to the UNU-Global Virtual University

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The Wisdom Years http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/wisdom/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/wisdom/#comments Mon, 21 May 2007 10:44:18 +0000 butuzov http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/banglore/ Ageing and our need for care begins from the moment we are born.

In Japan, one of the richest, technological and urbanized societies of the world, 20% of the population is now over 65 and living in cities.

The Wisdom Years documentary offers glimpses into the urban lives of 70, 80 and 90 year olds of different socio-economic backgrounds. Through science and everyday case studies, we discover why ageing is relative to a person’s physical, mental and social capacities and how by harnessing these secrets all of us can achieve a long and healthy life into the 21st Century.

Level
This advocacy documentary/e-case study is aimed at policymakers, health sector workers and public in general.

Design and Technology
Filmed in high definition

Format
1 X 26 minute documentary
6 short interstitial series
Website – www.wisdom.unu.edu

Copyright License
Copyright United Nations University and the World Health Organization. Some Rights Reserved.

Project Title
A series of documentaries under the UNU Project on Library of e-Case Studies and Documentaries and the WHO Kobe Centre Health Urbanization Project.

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Our World 2.0 http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/our-world-20-climate-oil-and-food/ http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/our-world-20-climate-oil-and-food/#comments Sun, 20 May 2007 06:43:40 +0000 brendan http://onlinelearning.unu.edu/en/?page_id=17&language=en 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.

Authors

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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