The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set for 2030 to end all forms of poverty worldwide, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind require policy makers, companies, civil societies, civil servants, project implementers and also each one of us to think broadly, plan wisely and act responsibly. Water is (strongly) related to many of the SDGs set (see the figure below) and therefore needs to be adequately managed.
The course will build on the principles of Integrated Water Resources Management Water and will make the ecosystem services concept explicit. The course will trigger discussions and support participants to think broadly about how to best utilize water especially in view of a growing demand for food, increasing pressure on fresh water resources and in the context of climate change.
Making the best use of water asks for more than thinking of and knowledge about global challenges around food security and water security. It requires individuals who are good communicator across cultures and sectors, who dare to speak up, who are eager to work with others and ensure that partnerships can function more smoothly. It also requires people to reflect on the actions being implemented so that necessary changes are being incorporated into plans and operations. The course will support participants to improve these skills necessary to plan wisely and act responsibly.
The course is highly interactive, combining presentations illustrated by case studies and shaped by innovative tools, with groups work. A one-week field work will put the participants in a real-life case where they will put in action the necessary skills for water stewardship.
Courses are currently online
Our courses are currently online and follow this format:
- Pre-course assignments for you to get to know WCDI and for us to get to know your work environment and your expectations about the course;
- Interactive plenary sessions where we share content, review assignments and facilitate exchanging experiences. During those interactive sessions we work with a number of online tools like Google Jamboard, Mural and Mentimeter;
- Group work either online or offline where you with other participants address a specific question or do an assignment. Results of these assignments are also shared and discussed during online sessions;
- Individual assignments where you will read literature, watch videos, and do exercises on your own. These assignments are an essential part of the learning and most of them count for getting the certificate. They are meant to introduce or deepen knowledge and make the link between theory and your own situation. These assignments are reviewed either by peers or facilitators.
In some, but not all courses we go on virtual field visits – showing you ‘live’ situations in the field, or with companies or organisations that we collaborate with. We offer coaching trajectories where we support you one-on-one or in small groups to review your individual learning paths in the course and help with any basic questions you may have.
Online platforms: Zoom and TalentLMS
Internet connection is important for the completion of the course. Not sure about the connection in your area? Send email@example.com an e-mail about your situation.
We use Zoom as a facilitating platform for all our online courses. Our courses take place in general over a 6-8 week period to make the workload and time you spend online manageable.
Our online learning system is TalentLMS. Everything you need — our course programme, chatrooms, assignments, background information are in this system. TalentLMS is easy to operate, can also be accessed by your phone and has an on-and offline functionality. We even organise a technical check-in before the course starts, to test your facilities and get familiar with the tools.
Course planning and certificates
The course workload is approximately 16-20 hours a week (2-2.5 workdays).
The exact data of your course will be available 2-3 weeks before the start of the course. If you’ve successfully completed your course we send you a digital certificate.