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Course Description

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In our day-to-day lives we consume goods and enjoy services. We must continue to grasp the realization that that all our consumables are derived one way or the other from natural resources such as, the soil (land), water, air, vegetation, wildlife, solar energy etc. The earth is a system where resources are intimately connected. It’s essential to recognize the linkage between land and water resources and associated environmental problems such as degradation, desertification, contamination of water resources, falling water table, coral reef destruction, global climate change, diminished wetlands, species extinction, ozone layer depletion, and rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels impacting the system. This course will give you the opportunity to explore important principles of sacred resource management strategies designed to obtain sustainability through political, social, economical and environmental solutions. Your attention will also be drawn to current Ontario provincial regulations such as the Nutrient Management Act and also the intended Water Quality Act.

Designed For

The course is designed to appeal to a wide audience of people who have a common interest in their surrounding environment and its health; landowners who think ‘out of the box’, innovative farmers, small-scale producers and landscape designers.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Discuss Canadian and Global perspectives of the trend towards the destruction of resources;
  2. Explain the consequences of human-induced impacts on land and water resources from a Canadian and a Global perspective;
  3.  List and expand on defining environmental problems associated with land and water resources;
  4. Define the term ‘sustainability’ within the context of land and water resources;
  5. Explain the basics of agroforestry and the desired outcomes of agroforestry; and
  6. Demonstrate awareness of remedial measures, land-use management strategies and provincial legislation (Ontario) related to land and water resources.

Course Topics

  • Recent Statistics and Trends on Global Land and Water Resources
  • What is An Ecosystem? The Importance of Maintaining Alternative Land-Use Practices for Ecosystem Health and Prosperity
  • Soil Ecology
  • Water Resources, Source Water Protection Act and Proposed Water Quality Act
  • Canada's Land Resources
  • Soil Management
  • Nutrient Management and the Act
  • Alternative Land-Use Practice Principles
  • Intercropping
  • Windbreak Systems
  • Silvopasture
  • Riparian Buffer System


Assessment Item Weight
Quizzes (4 x 10%) 40%
Term Paper 40%
Discussion Participation 20%
Total 100%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.


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