The world’s population is expected to reach nine billion people by the year 2045. Although the majority will live in cities, the demand for food and other resources will nevertheless place unprecedented pressure on the Earth’s natural environment. Not only increasing population but also growing welfare leads directly, or indirectly, to problems such as deforestation, overgrazing, and the contamination of land and water resources.
Developments in remote sensing technology have enabled us to observe the Earth’s surface in great detail and almost continuously. Never before has it been so easy to monitor and map our natural environment. Yet to understand the complexity of factors involved in such processes as deforestation, land use change and environmental degradation, environmental managers must not only collect relevant data but also interpret and analyze them to obtain useful information to support decisions that can lead to more sustainable use of natural resources. In carrying out these tasks, environmental managers collaborate with professionals from a wide range of disciplines. Geo-information technology − in particular modeling and decision support systems − plays an important role in this rewarding multidisciplinary work.
Our courses in the natural resources domain facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving for development purposes. The courses integrate knowledge of, and skills in, geo-information technology with current themes in the field of natural resources and environment.
An MSc research project in the natural resources domain is typically connected to one of the research areas of ITC’s department of Natural Resources:
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With their acquired knowledge and skills in the spatial sciences, graduates of the Natural Resources Management courses are well qualified to work in government departments, NGOs and commercial companies operating in the fields of forestry, agriculture and the environment.
Influencer with a broad horizon
Name: K.C. Bhawana (Nepal)
Position: Forestry and Climate Change Expert at the Multi Stakeholder Forestry Programme
Studied Natural Resources Management: 2013-2015
When it comes to the management of Nepal’s natural resources, Forestry and Climate Change Expert K.C. Bhawana is an influencer with a wide reach. Her studies at ITC intensified her impact. ‘Studying at ITC strengthened my role in natural resources management in Nepal’.
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