Subject Ante and Title: FBL 204 Ecological Impact Assessment and Environmental Planning
Subject Status: Elective
Credit Rating: 10 Credits
Time Distribution: Lectures 40 hrs
Seminars/Tutorials 20 hrs
Assignments 10 hrs
Independent Study 20 hrs
Practical 10 hrs
Prerequisite: FBL 101, FBL 102, FBL 103
After completing the course successfully, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theory and methodology for analysis and evaluation of impacts on the natural environment.
- Predict the response of ecosystems to human activities.
- Undertake ecological impact assessment in selected ecosystems.
Contents: Definition of ecological impact assessment. Rationale for assessing ecological impact. Integrated impact assessment. Phases of ecological impact assessment. Planning approaches and ecological constraints. Environmental decision making. Quantitative and economic approaches in ecological impact assessment. Predicting impacts on the physical environment and the biota. Ecological impact statements.
Practicals: Designing and undertaking ecological impact assessment in selected areas/ecosystems of interest.
- Wiersma, G.B. (2004). Environmental Monitoring.CRC Press.
- Daniels, T. and Daniels, K. (2003). The Environmental Planning Handbook for Sustainable Communities and Regions. U.S.A.
- Schmitt, R.J. and Osenberg, C.W. (1996). Detecting Ecological Impacts: Concepts and Applications in Coastal Habitats. 1st Edition. Academic Press, U.S.A
- Downess, B.J et al (2002). Monitoring Ecological Impacts: Concepts and Practice in flowing Water. Cambridge University Press.
- Wiersma, G.B (2004). Environmental Monitoring.CRC Press.
- Northrop, R.B and Connor, A.N (2013). Ecological Sustainability: Understanding Complex Issues. CRC Press.