So you’ve got to write a policy memo…
From your assignment:
Your topic must be a policy issue – whether domestic or international – that clearly reflects power dynamics and their consequences related to protected areas, communities, and rights over natural resources....broadly, the relationships between people and conservation initiatives.
A policy memo is organized differently than a regular research paper. This does not mean that you will not have to conduct outside research; rather, it means that the goal of writing a policy memo is much more focused on practical applications and issues of dealing with governing and political decision-making. The framework for a policy memo should be focused on the idea that there is a particular issue which needs to be dealt with, providing the information necessary to do that, and then making recommendations as to the best available option or options. This also means that a memo is directed to someone – an individual, an organization or government, a government agency – and it should be framed as such.