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.