Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Development:
Networking Local Area Partnerships with Teachers and Young Scientists
--directed by Margaret Robertson
The Home of Geography was the recent host for the first phase of the 2005 IGU project titled Geographical Perspectives on Sustainable Development: Networking Local Area Partnerships with Teachers and Young Scientists
Funded by ICSU and supported by the Geographical Education Commission, the Australian Academy of Science, LEAD and the Thai Australian Embassy, the project funding is enabling geographers located in 10 countries to work together for the purpose of developing teaching and learning materials to be used in schools and universities. The first set of materials is due for publication late 2005. Initially published in English the plan is for the materials to be translated into other languages. It is also the hope of the project team that other contributors will expand on the case studies to include many more regions around the world.
This exciting project is truly international in scope and aims. The 2005 participants are:
At their recent meeting in Rome the participants prepared the background for three local area projects within each of their respective countries. This total of 27 projects will provide a wealth of rich case study material of local, regional and national issues. Issues range from managing water in large cities such as Beijing and Buenos Aires to logging, fishing and tourism in Mexico, water conservation in Chile, deforestation in Georgia, sewage disposal and water pollution in India, attitudinal change water usage in rural South Africa, sustainable tourism and disaster management in Southern Thailand and forest fire management in Portugal.
The outcomes of this project will be available via the website initially. A book is planned to coincide with the IGU Brisbane 2006 conference.
More information can be obtained from
Margaret Robertson (Project Director)
or IGU Secretary General Ron Abler (Project Manager)