Use EA to Conserve and Regenerate Your Environment

Keywords

Environmental Accounting; Economic Development; Conservation; Regeneration; Decision-making; Biodiversity; Nature Photography; Internet; Environmental Politics.

Introduction

Change your environment; replace more than you use. Build a set of environmental accounts and influence local environment decisions.

Environmental accounting (EA) is a useful model for individuals, and community groups, to promote economic development achievable from conservation and regeneration. EA provides the framework for gathering and analysing information and making objective, balanced, rational decisions about the environment.

This program introduces you to the EA model, to information collection and analysis, to liaising with others, to producing quality reports, and to seeking balance between development and conservation. You will participate in a network of people influencing local and State politics on the value of conserved and regenerated environments.

The program consists of:

  • An overview of conservation, ecology, biodiversity and the role of EA.

  • A field trip to observe and photograph an environment.

  • A workshop in digitising your images.

  • A workshop in library research.

  • A workshop in preparing and presenting the information. This includes writing your reports for both print, CD-ROM and Web media.

  • A workshop in environmental politics.

At Program Completion

At the completion of this program, participants will understand:

  • The role of Environmental Accounting.

  • The role of photography in research.

  • The role of library and web research for building an environmental database.

  • How to produce and disseminate their results in both print and web media.

  • How to continue the process by amalgamating their work into the NSW Biodiversity Strategy.

Who Should Participate

Anyone interested in conserving and regenerating local environments. This is a ‘hands-on’ program for the gathering, analysis and presentation of environmental information. The pre-requisites are:

  • Enjoying the Australian environment;

  • Access to photographic equipment;

  • Being able to participate in one field trip;

  • Being able to attend a number of workshops for digitising and presenting your work;

  • Have some PC skills; and,

  • Have email and web access, as participants will be involved in email discussion and web construction. Internet access is important for secondary research.

The Program

The formal program is delivered over 12 units; eleven 3-hour tutorials and workshops and one 3-day fieldtrip. Attendance at the initial tutorials and the field trip is essential. Attendance at the post field trip workshops is not compulsory, as discussion, learning and output will be posted on the web site. It is expected that participants will build their skills and knowledge during the week following each tutorial and workshop and that the later meetings will be for problem solving rather than conventional lectures.

Participants can continue their involvement at the conclusion of the formal program by continuing to contribute to an information clearing-house and environmental resource database.

Program Convenor

Is Dr Ihian Mackenzie. A resume is at http://www.eitw.edu.au/people/Resumes/mackenzi.htm and details on why an involvement in this area is at http://www.eitw.edu.au/HB/Other_info/other_info_index.htm.

Other expertise will be drawn as required.