Continue researching your topic (Aral Sea or Lake Chad) with reliable resources. Then, write a complete case study report (with introduction and conclusion), answering the following questions:
1. What human activities led to the degradation of the body of water? How are the human activities that led to the degradation tied to human population growth, choice of technologies, and growing global affluence? Which ecological principles did we ignore as part of our degradation of this ecosystem?
2. Identify and briefly describe the natural changes that exacerbated the degradation.
3. What are the effects of the degradation on the ecosystem itself? How has this ecosystem degradation impacted the people living in the area?
4. Was there a tipping point to the ecosystem degradation? Identify and briefly describe a possible tipping point and explain your answer.
5. What has been done to restore this ecosystem? Briefly describe past, current and potential future management plans for the restoration of this ecosystem.
6. What suggestions do you have for a management plan, and how does your plan address the ecological principles that were ignored as part of our degradation of this ecosystem? Are there more data you need to collect before proceeding with recommendations? If so, what data do you need?
Make sure that your report is coherently written and based on supporting evidence, scientific principles, and environmental management practices. Use a minimum of three reliable sources in your final report, including at least one scholarly article (the scholarly article used for Part A of this assignment, although you may of course use additional scholarly articles). Document your sources with appropriate APA in-text citations and references.
My Topic Is Lake Chad
The Case of Lake Chad
Professor Suzanne Agan
Environment and Ecosystems Principles (2225)
The Case of Lake Chad
The article discusses the crisis in Lake Chad, which is caused by climate change and conflict. Since the 1960s, the lake has decreased by 90%, which has escalated regional strife. The lake is a vital water source for the people in the region, and the shrinkage has led to the scarcity of water and food. The article blames the Nigerian government for not doing enough to address the crisis and calls for more international assistance (Ehiane & Moyo, 2021). The Lake Chad Basin is a region that has been plagued by instability and conflict for many years. The region faces several challenges, including climate change, population growth, and scarce resources. These factors have all contributed to the crisis in Lake Chad.
The lake has shrunk by 90% since the 1960s, which has had several impacts on the region. First, it has led to water scarcity, as the lake is a vital water source for the people in the region. This has, in turn, led to food scarcity, as the people cannot grow crops. Second, the lake’s shrinkage has led to increased regional conflict. This is because the people are fighting over scarce resources, and the government is not doing enough to address the situation (Mohanty et al., 2021). The article calls for more international assistance to the region. It also blames the Nigerian government for not doing enough to address the crisis. The government has been unable to manage the resources in the region effectively, leading to the current crisis.
The content in the article refers to the sustainability solutions and ecological principles covered in class. In the case of Lake Chad, environmentally unsound procedures were employed while disregarding concepts. The lake has shrunk by 90% since the 1960s, which has had several impacts on the region (Usigbe, 2019). First, it has led to water scarcity, as the lake is a vital water source for the people in the region. This has, in turn, led to food scarcity, as the people cannot grow crops. Second, the lake’s shrinkage has led to increased regional conflict. This is because the people are fighting over scarce resources, and the government is not doing enough to address the situation.
Ehiane, S., & Moyo, P. (2021). Climate change, human insecurity and conflict dynamics in the Lake Chad region. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 002190962110638. https://doi.org/10.1177/00219096211063817
Mohanty, A., Robson, K., Ngueping, S., & Nanda, S. S. (2021, February 23). Climate change, conflict: What is fuelling the Lake Chad Crisis. Down To Earth. Retrieved July 5, 2022, from https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/climate-change/climate-change-conflict-what-is-fuelling-the-lake-chad-crisis-75639#:~:text=Published%3A%20Tuesday%2023%20February%202021,the%20worst%20in%20the%20world%E2%80%9D.
Usigbe, L. (2019, December 24). Drying lake chad basin gives rise to Crisis | Africa Renewal. United Nations. Retrieved July 5, 2022, from https://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/december-2019-march-2020/drying-lake-chad-basin-gives-rise-crisis