Course:CONS200/2017w2/Wiki Projects

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Foundations of Conservation
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Course Info
Instructor: M. Fernanda Tomaselli
Class Time: M W F 10-11am
Classroom: FSC 1005
Office Hours: 11-1 on Mondays
or by appointment
(Room 4202, Faculty of Forestry)
Syllabus: 2020 Winter
2018-19 Wiki Projects
2017-18 Wiki Projects
2016-17 Wiki Projects

You (and the other three members of your group) will create a Wiki page on a topic of your choice (Assignment #3). All four members of the group will be able to include the link to that UBC-hosted Wiki page on your curriculum vitae.

Creating Your Wiki Entry

Here are some steps and resources to help you create your page and have it appear on the index for this portal (right side) , so that it can be easily accessed by your peers and your instructor.

1. Login to the UBC Wiki

Click the CWL button on the top left of the page and login from there.

2. Create your User Page/Profile

Your user page is basically a profile page. Its purpose is to provide a space for you to let other UBC Wiki users know who you are and what your affiliation is with UBC. It can also be a space for testing and experimentation with wiki code or mark-up.

3. Claim Your Assignment Page

Just scroll down to Chosen Topics and look for the project area that you will be working on. Click on the project title, which will take you to the edit screen of your project page, add some content and click on save page. Now you have created your assignment page.

4. Add Title and Headings

Some suggested headings to get you started are on the sample page that we have created. To make it easy, you can simply click edit on the sample page, then copy and paste all headings and code from the sample page to your page. Then you can modify and edit as appropriate.

Assignment Guidelines


The Wiki Paper should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words of text in length (exclusive of references, maps, photographs).


You should demonstrate (a) your ability to extract and summarize relevant facts and (b) your capacity to rationalize and present logical arguments for further evolution or progress on some aspect of environmental conservation.

Suggested Structure

(modify as appropriate)

  1. The nature of the issue or problem – location, duration, scope/scale, intensity/frequency/severity of negative impacts, current and predicted winners and losers if no remedial action(s) is (are) taken;
  2. Categories of actors – those positively affected and those negatively affected;
  3. The evidence for the problem – sources, their relevance and reliability, balance of argument (for and against), bias declared or inferred;
  4. Options for remedial action(s) – a rationalized and comparative evaluation of options from technical, social, cultural, economic, financial, political, legal points of view (not all of these categories will be relevant to all situations);
  5. Recommendations addressed to each of the main categories of actors;
  6. Conclusion. You should conclude your Wiki paper with a ‘One Minute Message’ or ‘Elevator Message’ addressed to a relevant senior government or non-government policy advisor. This means a half page with three sections – (1) to summarize the topic, or some aspect of the topic, as a policy problem, (2) rationalization of the preferred option, and (3) a clear and specific proposal in simple language without jargon for policy-level actions.


  1. Use the Wikipedia reference style
  2. Provide a citation for every sentence, statement, thought, or bit of data not your own, giving the author, year, AND page.
  3. For dictionary references for English-language terms, I strongly recommend you use the Oxford English Dictionary.
  4. You can reference foreign-language sources but please also provide translations into English.

Rubrics for ‘Graphics, Multimedia, and Hyperlinks’:

  • EXCELLENT - Images, multimedia sources and hyperlinks enhance quality of information; all acknowledged with captions or annotations
  • GOOD - Images, multimedia sources and hyperlinks support quality of information; all acknowledged with captions or annotations
  • BASIC - Insufficient number of images, multimedia sources and hyperlinks were used to support information
  • UNACCEPTABLE - Images and graphics has little to do with the questions

Useful links:


Click on your topic to begin writing.

Team # Project Area(s)
2. Ecological and social costs of single use plastic bags and what can be changed
3 Ecological and social costs of single use coffee cups and what can be changed.
4 Environmental, economic and social benefits and drawbacks of British Columbia's raw log exports (1990-2017)
5 Logging versus the Wells Gray Provincial Park and its iconic herd of southern mountain caribou in British Columbia, Canada.
6 Caribou, Logging, Wolves and Corporate Donors in British Columbia, Canada.
7 Canada's Species At Risk Act (SARA) and the woodland caribou.
8 The situation of the Penan and Kenyah Indigenous Peoples vs the construction of the Murum Dam in Northern Sarawak, Malaysia
9 The Svalbard Global Seed Vault: a flourishing debate on ex situ conservation
10 Drivers and consequences of industrial-scale sand mining in Dubai
11 Don’t forget my name - The Northern White Rhino
12 Wildlife crimes in World Heritage sites: state of knowledge and possible remedies
13 Recovery of bird populations in Great Britain
14 The story of the recovery of the Arabian oryx
15 The European Union (EU) Common Fisheries Policy - evolving no-take zones, family-tenured reefs and shell fish areas
16 Crocodile farming in Papua New Guinea (PNG)
17 Butterfly and ant interactions in lowland grasslands in the United Kingdom
18 Restoration of ecosystem interactions in Yellowstone National Park, USA, with re-introduction of grey wolves
19 The story of brown bears in the Pyrenees and compensation for sheep farmers
20 Legal rights of sharks along the Pacific North West coast: an examination of legislation and policy differences in the USA or Canada
22 The Opportunities for and Challenges of Saving the Marbled Murrelet.
23 Can China's ivory trade ban save elephants?
24 Pastoralists vs conservationists in the highlands of Kenya: issues and possible solutions
25 Should the moratorium on logging since 2002 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) be lifted and concessions issued for industrial-scale logging? Arguments for and against
26 The Story of Canada's Digital Dumping Ground
27 Cultural Keystone Places: conservation and restoration in Bhutan
28 Analysis of Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Namibia
29 Ecological and social costs of cotton farming in Egypt and what can be changed.
30 Caring for country: Australian Aborigines and natural and cultural resource management.
31 Fort McKay First Nation's involvement in reclamation of Alberta's oil sands development.
32 Hydraulic fracturing (fracking): social and environmental costs in Alberta
33 Mineral mining versus local peoples’ rights in British Columbia, Canada
34 Restoring a part of Hawai'i's past: Kaloko fishpond restoration
36 The Timbisha Shoshone Indigenous People and Death Valley National Monument, USA
37 Tribal science and farmers' resistance: salmon habitat restoration in the American Northwest
39 Protection of IUCN endangered species or ecosystems from urban expansion and re-development
40 The Christmas or New Year bird count is the most popular ornithological activity in many Northern countries. Reasons why these counts are valuable for bird conservation and why the data can be misleading.

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Basic Formatting

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Footnotes and References

Adding Images

Embedding Video

Embedding Slides

Adding a Sandbox Page

Renaming or Moving a Page

Upload a new version of a file

Sources for Open Images

Open Licenses

Attributing Open Licensed Material

Searching for Open Education Resources

Citing Resources in the Wiki

Adding Creative Commons License

Using Images on the Wiki

Images: Please be aware of the copyright status of materials you are going to post on the internet. Here are a few places where you can find public domain, Creative Commons free to use, Creative Commons free to reuse-type of images:

Editing tips: Click here to get help on adding images and pictures on wiki pages.

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