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Water Resources in Asia: Changes and Challenges

Lesson Description:
Students will ... 
  • Describe the impact of bodies of water on people and cultures;
  • Research and analyze the current and future ecologic and geographic health of a body of water;
  • Develop a report that outlines, from a scientific and geographic perspective, what should be done to protect and preserve the water quality, surrounding air quality, and quality of life for people living beside or in close proximity to a body of water;
  • Present the report and recommendations to a mock united nations panel investigating water issues.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
Three to five hours
Standards Addressed:
Connections to the National Geography Standards:
  • Standard 6: "Howculture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions"
  • Standard 7: "The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface"
  • Standard 14: "How human actions modify the physical environment"
  • Standard 15: "How physical systems affect human systems"

Materials Needed:
  • Computer with internet access
  • Projection unit and computer for the multimedia presentations, if available
  • Water briefing paper template (pdf, adobe acrobat reader required)

School or Group:
National Geographic
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Located in: Social Studies

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