Unit 3: Using an Ecosystem Services Approach for Civic Engagement
Overall Learning objective: Students will be able to evaluate the impact of land-use change on water resources utilizing an ecosystem services approach.
- Students will be able to express the interests and values of identified stakeholder groups.
- Students will create a presentation, supported by hydrologic data, that aligns with stakeholder groups' interests.
- Students will assess an ecosystem services approach to land-use change.
Context for Use
This unit is designed to be used in conjunction with Unit 2 of this module. The example utilized by the instructor in Unit 2.3 should be extended/elaborated for the activities in this unit. This unit would be appropriate in a range of introductory courses, including courses in water resources, sustainability, ecology, environmental science, Earth science and geology, land-use planning, anthropology, and landscape design.
Class Size: This unit can be adapted for a variety of class sizes.
Class Format and Time Required: These activities are designed for at least three 50-minute lecture periods if students will be giving oral presentations. Students will work in groups of 4–5 students.
Special Equipment: Student groups should have a computer with access to the Internet as well as results from their work in Unit 2.3.
Skills or concepts that students should have already mastered before encountering the activity: This activity assumes mastery of basic concepts of ecosystem services and the hydrologic cycle through the completion of Units 1 and 2.
Description and Teaching Materials
This unit is divided into two sub-units:
- Identifying the range of both ecosystem services and affected stakeholders associated with a land-use change.
- Using stakeholder perspectives to create a group presentation describing a proposed land-use change along with a preferred mitigation strategy.
The summative assessment for the module has two parts. Part I is a group presentation where students will develop a presentation describing a proposed land-use change and mitigation strategy from the perspective of a particular stakeholder group. Part II is a set of reflective questions that should be responded to individually. Both parts are contained in Module summative assessment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 28kB Sep4 16).
References and Resources
Module summative assessment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 28kB Sep4 16)
Celebrating and Shaping Nature (Acrobat (PDF) 425kB Nov30 16)
MEA ecosystem services categories (Acrobat (PDF) 510kB Aug4 15)