One of the difficulties to use water wisely is the division of responsibilities between different authorities. This often results in fragmented and competitive approaches in the use of rivers, lakes, wetlands and other water resources. Yet for current and future water security it is vital to maintain and restore wetlands as a critical water infrastructure.
Facilitating water stewardship from a basin perspectiveA wise approach to water management will integrate technical, economic, environmental, social and legal aspects. This approach does not end at country borders, but needs to be carried out 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. To achieve the necessary cooperation, stakeholders in an area need to be able to understand each other clearly.
This course, which is endorsed by the Ramsar Secretariat in Switzerland, aims to enhance your water stewardship skills: enabling you to guide the steps to achieve better understanding of the various views on the wise use of water. The course builds on the belief that the best water stewards in the world have strong communication and training skills, and know how to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes; they understand the dynamics of societal learning. The training will make use of approaches consistent with the Ramsar Handbooks on the Wise Use of Wetlands.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- have a deeper understanding of the meaning of integrated water resources management;
- 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 to develop capacity in IWRM.
This course has been designed for (future) trainers in IWRM; for wetland managers, river basin and land-use planners, policymakers, consultants, researchers, NGO and company staff having affinity with training; and for all who wish to become a (better) water steward. Competence in the English language is required.