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News Online course: Integrated and Adaptive Water Resources Planning, Management and Governance

Global impacts on water resources are increasing. Addressing these impacts depends on the ability o​​f professionals to make knowledgeable and sustainable management decisions.

Description : 

This online course takes a holistic look at water resources management at the watershed and sub-watershed level with a specific focus on watershed planning techniques, adaptive management strategies, capacity building approaches, water governance, and water business risk assessment to strengthen integrated water resources management capacities globally.

Course dates :

September 28, 2020 – November 23, 2020 (Registration opening in June 2020)

Objectives :

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Improve water resources management through the implementation of effective integrated management tools and techniques.
  • Strengthen the principles of governance, planning, adaptive management and capacity building in local, regional and transboundary water resources regimes.
  • Provide participants with the competencies to develop skills and knowledge required for urgent needs in the water resources sector.

Course overview :

This program uses a web-based system and a comprehensive text book developed specifically for this program. Using a web-based system allows participants to communicate with each other and access from a home and/or workplace computer. This method of delivery offers a flexible learning approach that can be easily accommodated into almost any work schedule. Participants spend an average of 8 hours per week on the course. You will have readings to complete and you will be participating in online discussions moderated by the instructors.

Course evaluation :

In addition to the course readings and participation in the online discussions, you will analyse the current state of a watershed and make recommendations on future priorities, governance, and methods of management. The recommendations you develop to improve the watershed's current state will be based on the modules taught in this program. This assignment enables participants to apply the knowledge they are developing onto a relevant and real-world situation. The assignment is due at the end of the course. There is no final exam.

After course completion :

Upon successful completion of the program, a letter of attestation of completion and a certificate of completion from the Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University will be issued.

Primary audience :

Water resources professionals, recent graduates, and students with a background in geography, engineering, social sciences, environmental studies, business, or a relevant field are encouraged to apply, as water resources management is interdisciplinary and benefits from the participation of a diverse group of individuals.

Interested in applying?

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2020. Please contact Ingrid Chiraz before registering to assess your suitability for this course. Your application must include the following:

  • a CV or other documentation which outlines your educational background and professional experience
  • a brief motivation letter for enrolling in the course

Once we have assessed your suitability, we will inform you to proceed with your registration. Registration for Fall 2020 will be opening on June 8, 2020.

For additional information or questions regarding the online course, please contact Ingrid Chiraz.

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Geographical coverage Canada
News date 09/09/2020
Working language(s) ENGLISH