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Minor(s): French Studies
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below [not available in archived version].
The insufficient management of finite resources worldwide, paired with the unsustainable habits of consumption of the Global North, necessitates a global overhaul of the management of these dwindling resources. Unfortunately, no entity alone has enough capital to undo the effects of past mismanagement. Therefore, a value judgment must be made to prioritize the management of the resource stocks that are the most in need. However, due to the multiplicity of potential ideologies available to guide said management, associated methodological approaches are also innumerable when it comes to approaching resource stresses and are determined by these underlying human ideologies. A policy analysis and literature review were conducted for the Eastern Cordillera Real Montane Forest Ecoregion, as well as a spatial analysis of its deforestation frontiers and protected areas. As evidenced by differing historical political and community responses to resource degradation in the ecoregion, it is clear that international networks of social movements have incredible power to shape sustainable development for all stakeholders, regionally and beyond, by increasing the positional power of communities. Strong international social networks can enhance communication, allow an opportunity for sustainable development in mutually-beneficial ways, and are, therefore, imperative for furthering global resource management efforts in the Anthropocene.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: With which methods, and under which constraints, should finite resources be managed?
Focus question: Why have legislative initiatives and communities in the Eastern Cordillera Real Montane Forests been so diverse in their responses to the degradation of finite resources in the region?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Thesis (regular)
Capstone outcomes (PDF): File