UNEP/UNESCO Short Course Educates Professionals on Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation

23 July 2012. Climate change has a considerable impact on water resources both threatening availability and increasing the incidence of extreme hydrological events. In order to provide a contribution to environmental capacity building for sustainable water use the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the Technnische Universität Dresden, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) organize the 56th Short Course on Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation, to be held from 4 September – 28 September 2012 at the Technnische Universität Dresden, in Dresden, Germany. 

The short course addresses both water quantity and quality issues within an integrated water management. The curriculum comprises lectures, seminars, site visits and excursions on aspects like: 

  • meteorology (climate, water cycle); 
  • hydrology (water balance, basic hydraulics, catchment hydrology, hydrology of extremes); 
  • groundwater (groundwater flow, water extraction and safe yields, artificial groundwater recharge, salt water intrusion); 
  • surface water (irrigation, principles of reservoir design, sediment transport and erosion, flood protection, rehabilitation of rivers and lakes, ecology of inland waters, mechanisms of eutrophication); 
  • urban water (urban water infrastructure, water purification and distribution, waste water treatment); and
  • decision support systems.

This course is especially designed to meet the professional demand of experts working in environment protection with special focus on urban water management and climate change adaptation. A corresponding professional background (geology, geography, hydrology, hydro engineering) is a prerequisite. The course is held in English therefore a good command of the English language is required for attending the programme. Participants successfully completing this course are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Water Management. 

The 56th Short Course on Water Management and Climate Change Adaptation is one of the four short courses offered by the UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Postgraduate Training Programme on Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging Countries for the year 2012/2013. The programme has been realized at the Technnische Universität Dresden through the Center for International Postgraduate Studies of Environmental Management (CIPSEM) since 1977 and offers every year one six-month course including a comprehensive range of environmental relevant aspects and several short courses of about 3 to 4 weeks duration concerning selective environmental topics. 

For further information please contact Dr. Rolf Baur (unep@mailbox.tu-dresden.de) or visit: http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_forst_geo_und_hydrowissenschaften/cipsem/programme/sc56

For further information about the UNEP/UNESCO/BMU international Postgraduate Training Programme on Environmental Management for Developing and Emerging Countries please see the flyer or visit: http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_forst_geo_und_hydrowissenschaften/cipsem/programme/courses