PEOPLES & NATIVES: Designing Integrated Research, Teaching and Outreach Activities in Geography to Better Communicate Hazard Risks, Environmental Management and Sustainable Development

Authors: Chris S Renschler*, University at Buffalo (SUNY), Michael Gates, Emergency Management, Seneca Nation of Indians
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Natural Resources, Geomorphology
Keywords: The Critical Zone, Soils, Natural Hazards, Resilience, Sustainability
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Forum Room, Omni, West
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Over the past decade, there has been much more emphasis on integrated research, teaching and outreach activities at universities for collaboration with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies. In response to international consensus and initiatives around “Indicators of Sustainable Development” by the United Nations (2007), Geography programs are positioned to facilitate the communication, understanding, collaboration and implementation of geospatial and temporal collection, and analysis of geographic data to support solving of complex physical and human dynamics and decision-making in Environmental Science and Environmental Justice. The presentation introduces a holistic theoretical and practical framework for resiliency, process-based watershed modeling and sustainable development considering seven dimensions of interdependent, system functionalities supporting various geographic scales. The presentation outlines principles that can be applied by fellow geographers to collaborate more effectively and efficiently with researchers, students, practitioners and decision-makers in other disciplines. The authors would like to share our experiences in collaborative, environmental problem solving with communities and a diverse group of stakeholders. Following the pursuit of an integrated planning and implementation strategy to restore and conserve the natural resources and water quality of the Cattaraugus Creek Watershed, we present techniques that enabled us to better communicate hazard risks, environmental management and sustainable development. The PEOPLES & NATIVES Resilience Framework is an inclusive, holistic framework designed to connect core principles in geography with other disciplines to address directly the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015) that were adopted by many universities and governmental agencies around the world.

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