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A Lake Runs Through It . . . Or Is It a River? Or Something Else?

In the late 1990s, the town of Tempe, Arizona, proposed developing the dry riverbed of the Salt River into a lake that would become a recreational ...

A Struggle for Power in China: The Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam in China is one of the world's largest hydroelectric dams, providing energy for millions of people. However, the dam's constru ...

Community-Based Management and Conservation in Africa

Niko lives in Namibia and is about to attend a community meeting at which the fate of his family's re-settlement will be decided. He is not sure wh ...

Cooling Off a Warming Planet

This role-playing case on climate change policy is designed to engage student groups in parallel discussions on policy instruments and packages for ...

Ecotourism: Who Benefits?

The main objective of this case is to have students critically examine the costs and the benefits associated with ecotourism, a form of  touri ...

Ethanol or Biodiesel?

In this case study, two students have been asked to conduct a “systems analysis” study to determine whether ethanol derived from corn o ...

Hyperinflation

This case study uses the Zimbabwean experience with hyperinflation to give students an opportunity to apply a variety of economic concepts to a rea ...

Marketing Mostly Intangible Goods: The Case of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

This case study illustrates some of the common social and economic problems facing botanical gardens and arboreta today. The case describes a conve ...

Of Silt and Ancient Voices

This case explores the complex and multifaceted resource management issues that arose when traditional Zuni Indian land and water use practices wer ...

Oil in the Amazon

In this case study, students participate in a game in which they assume the roles of various stakeholders in a proposed oil and gas proje ...

The Case of a Tropical Disease and its Treatment

This case study highlights the epidemiological and socioeconomic factors associated with a disease which plagues thousands of people in Central and ...

The Deforestation of the Amazon

In this case study, students examine tropical deforestation in the Amazon from the perspective of three dominant stakeholders in the region: a peas ...

The Demise of the Forest People

In this case study, the complexity of the Malaysian palm oil industry is examined through the perspective of various stakeholders, namely, villager ...

The Horseshoe Crab

This case study examines the population dynamics of the horseshoe crab, which is sometimes described as a “living fossil.” Students are ...

To Be or Not To Be a Golf Course in Wimberley?

This interrupted case study examines the tensions that a small town in Texas faces between economic development and the preservation of a natural w ...

Unsustainable Use of the High Plains Aquifer

This case spotlights Great Plains water shortages by focusing on the High Plains Aquifer. This groundwater reservoir provides nearly a third of gro ...