Wetlands play an essential role in supporting food security, in making water resources management sustainable and in adapting to climate change impacts. How do we prevent that wetlands continue to disappear in the same rate as in the past and that these valuable ecosystem services are lost? This course is dedicated to water stewards, who can advocate the value of wetlands.
What will you learn?
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Have a greater understanding of the essence of integrated water resources management and water stewardship;
- Have a better understanding of the interactions between agriculture and wetlands;
- Have improved your skills to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes and be familiar with supportive tools;
- Have improved your communication, negotiation, lobby and advocacy skills;
- Know better how to deal with conflict.
For who is this course?
This course has been designed for wetland managers; for river basin and land-use planners; for policymakers, consultants, researchers, NGO and company staff involved with IWRM, wetlands and food security; and for those who wish to become a (better) water steward.
You need to:
- Have at least a Bachelor level qualification or equivalent educational background;
- Have at least two years of professional experience in water management and/or food security and/or climate change resilience;
- Be currently involved in water management and/or food security and/or climate change resilience;
- Be fluent in spoken and written English.
Course programme in more detail
We have learned that restoring and maintaining wetlands is often cheaper than man-made solutions to guarantee water and food security. Without wetlands, the water cycle, carbon cycle and nutrient cycle would be significantly altered. Did you know for instance that 40% of wetland habitats have been lost over the last 40 years? Ramsar COP12 opened with this reminder, challenging delegates to address long-standing misperceptions in many sectors about the services wetlands provide to humans and about the need to value wetland services for improved decision making. Investing in your wetlands, thus reinstalling their often degraded functions and services, might financially even be very attractive and benefit local or national economies.
Application for this course
On top of this page you can apply for the course 'Water stewardship in Action for Water and Food Security'. Depending on your nationality, your organisation and the type of course you wish to join, your eligibility and the application procedures may differ. Find out more about the requirements and the application process.