Mahatma Gandhi

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Study Package

About the Textbook

There are many books available on basic ecology as well as environmental management and sustainable land use.

This study package is unique in that it integrates the basic principles of nature with land use issues as practiced in Southern Africa today. In doing so it clearly illustrates how we can arrive at sustainable living.

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Supplementary Articles

Due to the rapidly changing terrain of technological development and research, new information is regularly loaded on Environatics.

This information, on every chapter and paragraph, is given by way of articles and videos so as to keep learners abreast in the dynamic field of environmental management.

Supplementary Videos

The printed documentation sources in Supplementary Information are supplemented by video material that present a dynamic picture of all the relevant issues.

As such material abounds on YouTube, TEDx, and other platforms, this section presents a careful selection of presentations which have been assessed, and rated (on a scale of 1 to 5), as to its value for students in terms of environmental management.

External Links

Links to external sites provide additional information and resources supporting the content of specific chapters and paragraphs.

They offer readers a broader understanding and context related to the topics discussed. Important details, such as graphs and photographs, are included in this way.

Eco Newbies

Basics to the functioning of the eocsystem for newbies

Basics to the Functioning  of Ecosystems for Newbies explains in an easy-to-read, introductory manner, how nature’s ecosystems function and how we have, through mismanagement, degraded these life-supporting ecosystems. It explains how, by adapting to nature’s way, we can arrive at a sustainable way of life.

It consists of eight lessons in basic ecology that offers an introduction to the natural environment as an integrated system in a way all of us can understand and relate to.


What Industry and Lecturers say

The book is amazing! I think it should become fundamentally important to how estates are managed.
Dan Barwick
Landscape Contractor
I have been using the study material for a number years. I wish I had it long ago. It suits my course excellently.
Indrani Govender
Dept. Horticulture, DUT (edited text)
The study programme explains the non-negotiable need for understanding the dynamic nature of how nature functions – a perfect system that we need to imitate in all our land use implementation.
Emma de Kock
The book showed me clearly that for intelligent landscape design, one needs to understand how nature function. The book gives the motivation as well as practical guidelines on how to implement environmentally sound design. Surely value-for-money publication that should be widely propagated amongst all working in and with nature: architects, planners, engineers, horticulturalists, geographers. I highly recommend this read.
Marie Badenhorst
Landscape Architect Boogertman Inc (In ProLandscaper, Feb 2019)
There are many books on basic ecology and environmental management but few on practical implementation thereof. This is the only book available (connected to an active website) that integrates the natural laws and ecological principles with pragmatic land use in southern Africa.
Ecological Research and Policy Consultants
It provides the solid framework within which learners can study the composition of the ecosphere (for example soil, water, and other aspects as human resources). It then addresses the misuse as well as the ideal approaches to sustainable management issues such as the ecological implications of deforestation, pollution, and conservation. This directs learners on how to become well-balanced environmental managers in various forms of land use (including agriculture, urban development; horticulture, forestry; tourism; civil engineering, as well as enterprises and industries.
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