Introduction to Integrated Water Management

We live in challenging times. Our populations are growing and the pressures to expand and densify our towns and cities, our food production systems and our energy generation systems to accommodate this growth are increasing.

Globally, fresh water is an abundant resource, yet there are still hundreds of millions of people worldwide who do not have access to a safely managed clean drinking water source and sanitation facilities. The number of developing and developed countries facing severe water-stresses is on the rise. Demand from agriculture, manufacturing, electricity generation and domestic use will continue to grow, making fresh water one of the most contested resources on the planet.

At the same time our climate systems are changing with drought and flood becoming more common and severe. These changes threaten water supply security in terms of quantity, reliability and raw water quality. How can we continue to secure reliable, good quality and affordable supplies of water for our growing towns and cities, for our food systems, and our energy systems in the face of increasing demand and the impacts of climate change? How can we adapt our water systems to be climate resilient without jeopardizing their function or their affordability, or degrading the ecosystems in which we are embedded and on which we rely?

The global water crisis fuels conflict and uncertainty, undermining productive economies and increasing political instability. But this crisis is not solely a consequence of water being a finite resource. Rather, the issue is how we manage water.

In this online training course you will be given an introduction to the history, theory and principles of Integrated Water Management (IWM) and will investigate the conceptual frameworks and practices used to critically analyse water management problems and identify sustainable solutions.

The course will demonstrate the relevance of context-specific interventions and stakeholder participation as being essential to IWM in practice. A diverse range of practitioner led case studies will also allow you to develop an applied knowledge of IWM.

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Learning objectives

By the end of this online course, participants will have gained knowledge of the fundamental aspects of IWM, including:

  • The history and evolution of IWM theory and practice
  • Principles and frameworks that guide IWM
  • Understanding the complexity associated with water management
  • Understanding why integration and systems approaches are required to deal with complexity
  • Understanding the challenges associated with implementing IWM
  • Understanding of context-specific factors that influence IWM at basin, national and trans-boundary scales
  • The importance, and different levels of, participation and collaboration
  • Exposure to a range of practitioner led example case studies.

In addition participants will have extended their professional networks and made valuable connections.

Who should enrol?

This online course is for those who want to gain a foundational understanding of IWM in theory and practice. It will benefit practitioners from a range of contexts – government, utilities, NGOs and consultancy.
You do not need a background in water to enrol. You simply need a passion and interest in looking to the bigger picture and in driving positive change.

 

 

The online course includes:

  • theory and frameworks for IWM
  • water management: the heart of sustainable development?
  • inclusive IWM: participation and collaboration for inclusive outcomes
  • IWM in practice: case studies and applying IWM.

This online course encourages the understanding and application of IWM theory and principles to practice. Participants who undertake this course will have gained knowledge in:

  • IWM history, theory and principles through international case studies
  • How IWM has the potential to deliver multiple benefits to the environment, communities and organisations
  • How to practically apply IWM in policy, planning and management

Participants will also be introduced to other IWM practitioners for peer-to-peer sharing of scenarios, challenges and initiatives, and for future network building.

Online classes will be held during daylight hours, Australian Eastern Standard Time. Approximately four hours per week will be required to study materials and participate in online classes.

You will also need access to a computer with:

  • a minimum internet speed of 256 kb/ second (to participate in live classrooms)
  • a headset with built-in microphone
  • either Microsoft Windows (version XP or greater; Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8) or Apple OSX (version 10.2 or greater).

Permission to download, install and run software on your computer may be required.

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