One of the challenges in using water wisely is the way responsibilities are divided between different authorities. A frequent result of this is a fragmented and competitive approach to the use of water resources. Yet for current and future water security it is vital to maintain and restore wetlands as an essential water infrastructure, as well as think and act from a river basin viewpoint.
Facilitating water stewardship from a basin perspective
To approach water management effectively, it needs to integrate technical, economic, ecological, social and legal aspects. This approach goes beyond country borders, and needs to be applied on a river basin scale. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is a process through which people can develop a vision, agree on shared values and behaviour, make informed decisions and act together to manage natural resources of the basin. The stakeholders involved have to understand each other to achieve the necessary cooperation.
This course, endorsed by the Ramsar Secretariat in Switzerland, aims to enhance your water stewardship skills; enabling you to guide the steps towards the wise management of water. The course is based on the premise that a great water steward knows how to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes, and has strong communication and training skills. A good water steward understands the dynamics of societal learning. The training will apply approaches in line with the Ramsar Handbooks on the Wise Use of Wetlands.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- have a greater understanding of the essence of integrated water resources management and water stewardship;
- have deepened your understanding of the essential steps towards IWRM;
- have improved skills and be familiar with supportive tools to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes and societal learning;
- have improved your training and communication skills;
- have the skills in developing curricula for capacity building in IWRM.
This course has been designed for (future) trainers in IWRM; for wetland managers; for river basin and land-use planners; for policymakers, consultants, researchers, NGO and company staff having affinity with training and/or involved with IWRM; and for those who wish to become a (better) water steward. Proficiency in English is required.