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EETAP Case Studies


WG 1: Universalism and Ethical Values for the Environment (full draft report)

Case studies using diverse frameworks for resolving conflicting interests are described, including ownership and rights language (river diversion and tribal homes), and conflicts between national and local interest (religious tradition and sacred trees) more ...

WG-4: Representation and Who Decides in Energy Planning (full draft report)

Case Studies of two major energy production projects in Thailand, Mae Moh Power Plant and Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate (pdf)

WG 5: Community Engagement in Environmental Ethics with Reference to Energy Technologies (full draft report)

The spatial development of Toayuan County reflects the migration processes that have occurred in the area. The opening of irrigation canals and the construction of the Shihmen Reservoir changed the regional landscape of different areas. The reservoir construction caused a high level of movement within the population, and those migrants who experienced migration first-hand provide insight into some of the effects of construction not often analyzed. Case Study: The Flowing People’s Stories:A Study of the Migration due to the Construction of Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan County, Taiwan, China (by Chie-Peng Chen and Li-Yu Chen)

WG 9: Adoption and Development of Energy Technologies (State of the Art Review) (draft outline

In the search for new energy sources, interest is being generated for the research and development of algae farms for the cultivation of microalgae which could then be harvested and/or processed into a number of energy products. The case study on Ethics of Adoption and Development of Algae as a Biofuel Feedstock (pdf).  

WG 10: Ethical Frameworks for Research Agendas and Policy in Environmental Ethics (full draft report)

Anthropocentric worldview was reflected in the colonial policies pertaining to forests, minerals and other resources, with their influence persisting even in the post-colonial period for a substantial period of time. In the post-Stockholm and post-Rio environmental-ethical scenario, the concept of sustainable development, with its focus on inter- and intra-generational equity and prudent management of natural resources, is also viewed as a reformist anthropocentric approach (Sessions, 1995). The Case Study on Forest Policy in Indian Subcontinent

Much of our current developments and innovations in areas such as pharmaceutics and agriculture are linked to traditional knowledge, often from indigenous communities that live close to nature. The Intellectual Property Rights Regime, therefore, has to honour the community rights to intellectual property and evolve appropriate benefit-sharing mechanisms (Gupta, 2004). The Case Study on Recognition of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) in Canada.  

WG 13: Energy Flow, Environment, and Ethical Implications of Meat Production (full draft report)

In the developed countries, it is understood that the perceived successes of intensive meat production systems have been largely dependent upon the availability of relatively cheap fossil fuel energy as a foundation for their various models of production. In addition to cheap fossil fuel energy dependence, accumulating evidence indicates that these operations often result in numerous negative externalities that have serious and wide-ranging environmental, socioeconomic and public health consequences. Ethical issues arising from the interactions of selected meat companies in the Philippines that use intensive production.

WG 14: Water Ethics and Water Resource Management (full draft report)

Aquaculture is a small but growing agricultural use of water. Freshwater commercial fisheries may also be considered as agricultural uses of water, but have generally been assigned a lower priority than irrigation (the Case Study on Aquaculture Industry) (by Amy Sun, Sandia National Laboratories).

Conflicts and tensions over water are most likely to arise within national borders, in the downstream areas of distressed river basins. The Case Study on trans-jurisdictional water quality issues in China (by Yi Zheng, Center for Water Research, Peking University) gives a good example of such a conflict in Southern China. 

The Case Study of computer-aided, community-based water planning: Gila-San Francisco decision support tool is introduced to illustrate the application of modeling approach.

The Case Study on On Ethical Principles Concerning Water Diversion and Water Usage (by Qingju Qiao, Department of Philosophy, Nankai University, Tianjin, China) 

The Case Study on “Water ethics reflections in eucalyptus planting” is another example of how scientists, stakeholders and decision makers play their important roles in alleviating water scarcity based on ethical judgment, instead of being driven by economic benefits only. 

The High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University, founded in 1901, is one of the well-known secondary schools in China. Bioethics has been chosen as an elective course for five years. The textbook used is A Cross-Cultural Introduction to Bioethics (Prof. Darryl Macer) supplied by Eubios Ethics Institute, including sixteen chapters, such as genetic privacy and information, brain death, organ donation, HIV and ethics, genetically modified organisms, clone, animal right, assisted reproduction, hospice care, and sustainable development. Water crisis is also one of the contents in this course. Teaching Plan on Water Crisis in the High School (by Jinhua Fu, the High School Affiliated to Beijing Normal University, China)


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Last updated on 2 October, 2009.