Courses Catalogue

Wetlands And Water Resources Management

COURSE CODE: ENV3108
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

Topics

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Basic Concepts on Wetland Ecology

§  Definition and classification of Wetlands: Wetlands as Ecosystems and part of River

§  Basin. Distribution and typology. Wetland Habitat and Ecology. Physico-chemical parameters Hydrology and Soils. Unusual and Extreme habitats

§  Biodiversity in Wetland Systems: Aquatic Organisms: Microbes, Phyto and zooplanktons , Plants and Invertebrates and Vertebrates.

§  Wetland Functions and Values; Ecosystem services. Nutrient cycling in aquatic systems. Productivity, trophic states and eutrophication . Freshwater ecosystems

§  Tutorial: Case study on Ecosystem services by Wetlands.

§  Practical: Basics on Taxonomy and Enumeration of Phyto and Zooplanktons.

§  Estimation of Chlorophyll.

 

15

Issue of Wetlands Conservation and Management

§  Threat analysis and management Planning: Natural and Human impacts; major threats to wetlands;. Setting management objectives and priorities.

§  Key aspects of Wetland management planning; Preparing a Management Plan.

§  Collating baseline information using assessment tools, approaches to assessment of aquatic bio-diversity. Management for migratory water fowl, fisheries, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Management of aquatic weeds. Monitoring of Wetlands.

§  Managing hydrology; Control of Siltation and Pollution. Involvement of local communities in conservation of Wetlands.

§  Environmental Flows: The River ecosystems and their natural flow regimes. Concept and History of environmental flows, Methodologies for the assessment of Environmental Flows: Impact of flow alteration on biota.

 

15

Effect of Human activities on wetlands and management strategies.

§  Diversity of fresh water habitats and their flora and fauna

§  Hydrographic characteristics

§  Water quality, availability and management

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Case studies

7

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes