Course Title: Natural Resource Management (NRM)-Optional

Course No.: RDS 583

Nature of the Course: Theory                                                          Period per Week: 3

Year: Second                                                                                   Time per Period: 1 hour

Semester: Fourth                                                                              Total Period: 48

Level: MA

Course Objectives

This course is prepared to impart students with the knowhow of environmental and natural resources. Specifically, this course acquaints students with theoretical and practical knowledge of natural resource management techniques and tools while working in the field of development.

Course Contents                                                                                                                 LH

Unit I: Concept of Natural Resources Management                                                         8

1.1 Concept Types and Status of Natural Resources

1.2 Environmental problem/crisis

1.3 Natural resource management and rural development

1.4 Different thought of Human-nature interrelationship (Determinism, Possibilism and Interactionalism)

Unit II: Issues of Natural Resource Management                                                              12

2.1 Water Induced Disaster and its Management

2.2 Land degradation: Causes and Consequences

2.3 Land Resource Use System: Shifting Cultivation, Transhumance and Integrated Farming System

2.4 Payment of Environmental Services

2.5 Reducing of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)

Unit III: Approaches, Policy and Practices of Natural Resource Management             13

3.1 Water Related Policies in Nepal

3.2 Natural Resource Conflict Management

3.3 Wetland and watershed Management

3.4 Community based Natural Resource Management

3.5 Common Pool Resource Management (G. Hardin and Then after)

Unit IV: Techniques and Tools for Natural Resources Management                              15

4.1 Identification of key environmental issues and determination of priority order

4.2 DPSIR (Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) Analytical Framework

4.3 Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Analysis (SIA)

4.4 Vulnerability Capacity Assessment


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