UNESCO-IHE Online Course Educates Water and Climate Professionals on IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change

4 July 2013. Climate change is expected to lead to an intensification of the global hydrological cycle and to have a major impact on regional water resources. Both present variability and long-term climate change impacts are most severe in the developing world, and particularly affect the poor in these regions. In order to strengthen the capacity of professionals actively involved in the water and climate sectors to address these issues, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) offers a new session of its Online Course on IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change. The course, provided in partnership with the Universidad del Valle (Colombia), the Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia) and The International Centre for Water Hazard (ICHARM, Japan), will be delivered from 2 September 2013 to 6 January 2014 (18 weeks).

The course aims to support participants to 1) understand the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in relation to Climate Change, 2) understand the climate system and the hydrological cycle, 3) be aware of the impact of climate change on society, 4) understand how to deal with risk and uncertainty, and 5) understand adaptation in relation to water and climate change. The training is divided into 5 subjects and a written assignment:

  1. Introduction - How does water and climate change relate to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)? (Week 1)
  2. The Climate system and the Hydrological Cycle - What are the impacts of Climate Change on the hydrological cycle? (Week 2 and 3)
  3. Impacts of Climate Change on Society - How is human society impacted by climate change? (Week 4 and 5)
  4. Dealing with uncertainty - How to deal with risk and uncertainty? (Week 6 and 7)
  5. Adaptation - How to adapt to the change in the hydrological cycle? (Week 8 and 9)
  6. Final Paper (Week 10)

This online module is offered in full distance learning mode. Participants complete the course in a period of 10 weeks with a workload of 80 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours a week on average through reading, discussion and assignments. A complementary modelling course with a study load of 40 hours is optional.

Within the course, each subject starts and ends on a specified day. Generally, a subject takes 2 weeks. Within this period, the participant is free to study in his or her own time. Questions with regard to the subject can be posted on the discussion forum, eliciting responses from fellow participants and teachers. Each subject ends with a tutor assignment for which participants have to use their newly acquired knowledge and interact with the teacher and the other participants using the discussion platform of the online learning environment. The final mark for the course is based on tutor assignments, contribution to discussion assignments and the final paper. After completion, participants will receive a certificate of attendance jointly issued by all partners.

The training is delivered in English. The course fee amounts to: €700. The deadline for application is 2 August 2013. To apply please see the following link: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/Education/Non-degree-Programmes/Application-form-for-UNESCO-IHE-Regular-Short-Courses-and-Online-Courses/(course)/66A848807E9DF11EC12579A7003969D1.