Videos – Development and the Wetlands

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Stakeholder Perspectives

Sustainable Design



7 Principles for Building Better Cities

"More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness. Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that's focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities."

Run time: 15 minutes

Source: TED

Effects of Urbanization on Ecosystems

"Development can have negative effects on streams in urban and suburban areas. As a watershed becomes covered with pavement, sidewalks, and other types of urban land cover, stream organisms are confronted with an increased volume of storm water runoff, increased exposure to fertilizers and pesticides, and dramatic changes in physical living spaces within the stream itself."

Run time: 4 minutes

Source: USGS

Indigenous Sovereignty

"The Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, in East Oakland is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship."

Run time: 5 minutes

Source: KQED

Land Use Conflicts

"Due to the constantly rising demand for food and energy, humanity is consuming more natural resources than are regenerated and brings the Earth's ecosystems to their performance limits. What are the consequences of the rapidly changing land use for humans and the environment? How do future sustainable land use strategies for the limited resource land look like? These are the core questions, which are analyzed interdisciplinary in the Integrated Project Land Use Conflicts."

Run time: 7 minutes

Source: UFZde

Land Use (Urban Sprawl)

"In this video Paul Andersen explains how land is developed for human use. Urbanization has occurred through the last century as people have moved to cities in large numbers. Transportation and the arrival of the car have led to urban sprawl and urban blight. Smart growth can be used to mediate some of the ecosystem impacts. Land is also preserved in parks, refuges, and wilderness areas."

Run time: 8 minutes

Source: Bozeman Science

Megacities Reflect Growing Trend

"The capital of the South Asian country Bangladesh, Dhaka, has a population that is booming. However, it stands as one of the world's poorest mega-cities. This report comes from a GlobalPost series about the rise of mega-cities."

Run time: 8 minutes

Source: PBS NewsHour

The Secret Life of Wetlands

"Wherever land and water comes together, you are likely to find a wetland. These complex ecosystems provide habitat for wildlife, protect our coastlines from flooding, store massive amounts of carbon in their soils, and offer great recreational opportunities. Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Ariana Sutton-Grier, and their colleagues at the University of Maryland's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) are learning about threats to wetland ecosystems and working to find solutions."

Run time: 5 minutes

Source: UMD Science

Valuing Wetlands

"Wetlands play an important role in the lives of animals, plants, and humans. However, they are often overlooked and understudied. To learn more about the services provided by wetlands, our biologists joined up with a group of multidisciplinary researchers which included NGOs, universities, and masters students to research wetlands in Cambodia and Vietnam."

Run time: 8 minutes


Wetland Restoration Landowner Benefits

"Voluntary public‐private partnerships through conservation easements are important programs for conserving and restoring wetlands in the Great Lakes watershed. Little is known about what motivates landowners to participate, landowners’ perceived value of the projects, the conservation management practices they undertake, and the impact of wetland restoration on property values. Therefore, the team evaluated wetland restoration projects based on biodiversity and environmental quality; hydrology and hydraulics; property owner knowledge, attitudes and behaviors; and impact on property value."

Run time: 3 minutes

Source: Graham Sustainability Institute

What Is Sustainable Development?

"United Nations - Learn how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will transform the world, and why it is a priority for the United Nations."

Run time: 2 minutes

Source: United Nations

Winged Wonders

"Every spring, members of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's Environmental Monitoring team go out to the wetlands and meadows in our region to gauge the health of bird populations. While urban sprawl continues to whittle away habitats, humans - and their family pets - threaten species as well."

Run time: 3 minutes

Source: Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Wonderous Wetlands

"Wetlands are an in-between place where water settles. Learn about the benefits of wetlands and about threats to their survival."

Run time: 3 minutes

Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife