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7.7: Topics for Discussion
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- Which forms of environmental pollution are most prominent in the region where you live? Which natural ecosystems are impacted most severely by this pollution? How are humans affected? What do you think can be done to reduce or even eliminate this pollution?
- Consider all the fishing, hunting, trapping, collecting, logging, and other wildlife harvesting activities in your region. Which activities are well managed, and which are not? Why is it so difficult to regulate these activities, when so many people know that overharvesting would eventually harm local economies, their families, and their livelihoods? What measures do you think can be put in place to control overharvesting in your region, or at least reduce its impact?
- Briefly describe what biological control is, and what its benefits are. What are the risks involved in biological control? How can these risks be predicted and avoided?
- Can you name a few diseases that can be transmitted from people to wildlife, and from wildlife to people? Which species are involved in each of these diseases? How does the transmission of each of these diseases impact the conservation management of species involved?