UNESCO-IHE Course Educates on the Linkages between Climate Change and Water Resources

22 May 2014. Climate change is expected to affect water resources globally. In order to better understand future challenges for the water sector and define possible coping strategies, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) offers a new edition of its Short Course on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change from 30 June to 18 July 2014, in Delft, The Netherlands. The course is organized in partnership with several universities and research institutes in the Netherlands and the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM, Japan). 

The training is offered as a three week course. During the first week, the theoretical background is given. In a one-day field trip, a practical example of dealing with (future) climate change in a municipal water system will be highlighted. In the second and third week entitled ‘framework for modeling in water and climate’, the participants learn to apply the climate change and variability issues in a set of modeling tools and come up with practical and integrated options to deal with climate issues in water management.

The course is designed for professionals actively involved in the water and climate sectors, for example working as policy makers at local, regional or national level, as staff of NGO's or in the private sector dealing with adaptation, or as junior university lecturers or scientists. Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:

  • describe the expected impacts of climate change on water resources and water use sectors in relation to (other) human activities;
  • identify the consequences of the predicted impacts of climate change and climate variability for integrated water resources management;
  • integrate climatic change conditions at different time and spatial scales into (risk) management in the water sector;
  • justify decisions on adaption to the impacts of climate change under uncertainty.

At the end of the course participants have the choice to take part in a final examination. This exam is not mandatory and costs 250€.   

The application process is open until 30 May 2014. In order to be considered, the candidates should at least have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language. The course fee amounts to 2700€.    

For further information please contact Mr. Erik de Ruijter van Steveninck (e.deruytervansteveninck@unesco-ihe.org) or visit: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/iwrm-tool-adaptation-climate-change