Coastal development or conservation? Students decide.
Target Group: Secondary School
Subject: Conservation Guidelines
Ocean Literacy Principle: 5,6
Students will develop a property close to water and have to make decisions about the level of conservation and development of the terrain.
Students discuss ecosystems, ecosystem services, and what human threats have an impact on the ecosystem. The students work in small groups on a specific project within a bigger watershed. They have to make decisions about the size of the developments and consider the consequences on for instance the impact on the drinking water supply. Each group presents their solution and the whole class discusses the choices made. The activity can be found on page 36 of the Educator's guide.
Watershed map (adapted to your region), cards with properties, blackboard, paper.
You will have to create your own version of the watershed map and properties more adjusted to your country.