14 thoughts on “Panel 1: Water and Livelihoods

  1. 290. NIGER-DELTA, Ethnic Conflict in the Niger Delta, by Annika Ford
    Comments by Jim Lee

    In Part 2, you could use some maps to show the river, oil production areas, and other key features that figure into the Niger Delta conflict. I would use Part 2 as the basis for orienting the discussion and linking to the other parts of the case study.

    What is the linkage between the finding of oil in 1958 and Nigeria’s soon decolonization? How did this figure into their independence? Does it relate to the Biafra War?

    Tell us more about the “Urhobo, Itsekiri and Ijaws. How are these peoples and what is their climate and conflict history? There are some existing ICE cases you should link to and look at.

    In Part 6 you can find maps that show night images of gas flaring in the region.
    In Part 7 I am looking for the climate type rather than location. I would guess it is tropical.

    What happened in the 1990s that changed the trajectory of conflict for the three tribes?
    I see some interesting connections in the causal loop but it need for valences in the diagram and descriptions of behavior.

    In Part 15, give some detail on why these cases are relevant.

    Part 17 is a good historic overlay of connections impotent to your case. I would move it earlier and use it more in laying out the aspects of the case.

  2. 288. COCHABAMBA, Bolivia Water Protests, by Adam Beckerman
    Think about your use of colors and which ones complement one another.

    Why did the World Bank and others think that privatization would be better? There is some clear debate that went on and maybe lay out the arguments on each side. Was there a corrupt government? This is a story that is the heart of your case.

    I might focus the Google Earth graphic more closely to the area of interest in Bolivia.

    I can think of a nice map that would show the areas of glacial melt in relation to the city.

    How unequal is it? Can you compare it to other instances of water inequality? West Bank, Nile basin, Colorado River between US states?

    Is this just a rich and poor conflict? Are the poor for native people and the rich more mixed or European? What does Evo Morales think?

    Expand the moment and tell stories. Who was the boy who died, and how and why?

    Make your very good causal diagrams more accessible with text references.

    There’s a compelling story here that has relevance for other places affected by glacial melt. Any comparable places?

  3. 290. Niger-Delta — Annika,
    I think you do a good job of providing a lot of detail for your case study and linking your case to other conflicts. Additionally, I thought your causal diagram was very clear and easy to read. I think the use of more visuals and more color would enhance the overall presentation of your case.

  4. Annika, I think you provide an in-depth analysis of your case study so far, and you’ve clearly done a lot of research. I’m sure you’re planning on fixing this eventually since this is just the rough draft, but I would definitely add some color to the page along with some pictures or visuals. I also think you may want to describe your causal loop more to tell the story it is portraying. You should also add some plus and minus signs to make it more clear. Your case connections were quite relevant to the rest of your case study, and you might want to move them to the description section to provide some more context.

    Good job so far and good luck with the final product!

  5. 288. COCHABAMBA — Adam

    Really nice website so far, I like your use of colors and graphics. I think you chose a really interesting topic and one that is definitely relevant to climate change. Maybe you could describe the issues with privatization a little further and why climate change will exacerbate the already existent problem.

    You could also explain your map in a little more detail and why the location is important to the case study.

    I think you have a really good start so far and I’m excited to see the final product!

  6. Case 288: “Cochabamba” by Adam Beckerman. Comment by Skylar.

    My comments are similar to those that have already been made. You do an excellent job of explaining the situation in your abstract and description (minus a few grammar and spelling errors); however, your maps definitely need to be explained better. Also, under type of conflict, you labeled it as part 99, instead of part 9. I like that you included some additional photos, though the formatting of text with those photos could be worked on a bit. Aside from this, everything looks great. Your causal loop is complex, but you do a good job of deconstructing it for the reader.

  7. Cochabamba: by Adam Beckerman

    I think you have a great layout, especially in terms of the placement of your pictures and diagrams. You do a really great job of the describing the social aspects of this case, but maybe you could talk a little more about the environment?

  8. Piya, I really like your website so far. It looks great, and it’s a really interesting case. One suggestion: figure 2 when you compare the size of glaciers over time could be a great place to use the roll-over image change function, to help emphasize the change from the 60s to today.

  9. Adam Beckerman part 2

    I see some interesting material here, particularly in re-enforcing the link from climate to conflict. The Chimor table is a nice addition.

    The map in part thirteen on water is nice; walk us through it more. More stories.

    Good materials up front, think of clever ways to explain the causal diagrams with the text you have.

  10. 293. SYRIA-JORDAN, Reform, Refugees, and Water Running Out: Political Unrest Fomenting in Jordan, by Erin Oakley

    Color and layout looks pretty good relevant to the case. Your abstract is compelling.
    I like your setting the stage discussion.

    Parts 4, 5, and 6 need a little explanation. Seems bare.

    I think the habitat is actually complex with some dry and other areas, just like the political landscape.

    In part 12, is there feedback from war onto population or indirectly drought?
    This is looking good.

  11. 294. PATAGONIA, HidroAysén Dam Projects in Patagonia, by Piya Paintal

    I think your video in part 2 can lead to a larger discussion of the case and something to add. You explain a graphic, why not explain and summarize the ideas of a video? Flesh out this section a little more some more.

    The duration seems interesting. Can you put this in a table or something with more presentation?
    I would go into modify properties and set some margins for the text around the borders. Seems crowded.

    Tell a story about the Huemul deer. Why is it on the crest?

    In the maps in part 6, can you indicate more about the glacial losses?

    I think the case is as much about the habitat as the dam. Who are the people who live there and care about this?

    The loops discussion is good, there’s the story.

  12. Piya- I really like your use of visuals especially the maps that you made and I think overall you frame the issues well. I would just work on filling in some of the details in the conflict section and filling in the links between environment and conflict.

  13. Adam- I really enjoyed your case study, there is a lot of information and it is easy to understand. Your graphics strongly contribute to the page and are wonderful depictions of what is going on in the region. Another thing that I really liked was your reference to similar issues in the Himalayas when talking about the type of environmental problem.

  14. 294 Patagonia
    I really liked how you organized most of your layout. The tables helped to highlight key points.
    the only thing I would suggest is with some of the images that are centered, but don’t fill the whole screen. I would wrap text down so as to not waste so much space.
    Interesting case and topic area.

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