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Resource management models, policy and planning, within the context of environmental legislation and sound resource management. Topics will include; Resource management models for integrating environmental, social, economic and cultural water values; Legislative frameworks for water governance and management, including local, regional, national and international policy development and water management strategies; Hazard risk assessment and management for resilience; Professional ethics; RMA policy, planning and consenting procedures, using case studies of water use; Projections of future issues, alternative sustainable management and legislative strategies. Will include a compulsory one-day fieldtrip.
This class is jointly offered with Lincoln University and held at the University of Canterbury in a 3 hour block once per week. A mandatory full day field trip will be held on a Sunday as part of this class.
A graduate of this paper should be able to:Analyse what constitutes effective policy and planning in the context of water resource managementEvaluate the steps of a policy making framework in actual situationsDefine and apply a sustainable management approach to water resourcesApply a framework for sustainability appraisal that incorporates environmental, economic, social and cultural valuesUnderstand the legislative framework for water policy and planningUnderstand the resource consenting process and how it applies in practiceApply specialist skills (e.g., in aspects of science, engineering, planning) in the resolution of freshwater resources management issues.Analyse how conflicts arise in resource use, and understand processes that are designed to resolve those conflictsContribute effectively to an interdisciplinary team working on water resource issuesCommunicate concepts effectively and usefully to a range of audiences
(1) Entry is subject to approval by the Programme Director, (2) BSc, BE, BEMP(LU) orequivalent qualification orexperience in a field of relevance in water resource management.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
This course is run jointly with Lincoln University with lectures held at the University of Canterbury.These lectures are recorded and made available on LEARN.A mandatory full day field trip on a Sunday is also part of this class.
There is no available textbook covering the range of topics to be offered in WATR403. However, there are a variety of excellent textbooks on the nature of freshwater resources and their management in the university library.Additional readings will also be provided via the LEARN(moodle) website.
This course uses LEARN as a key resource for communication, lecture and additional reference material.
Domestic fee $1,066.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 12 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.