Irrigation and Water Engineering

Spain practical

Sustainable Land and Water Management in Spain


This course is an integrating element in the MSc study International Land and Water Management, in which the theoretical concepts learned in earlier courses are further elaborated, integrated and applied in practice.

In this course, students of different nationalities and disciplinary backgrounds work in small groups (4-5 students) on real life land or water management issues in the region of Valencia, Spain. Cases are identified with local and regional land and water management organisations and research institutions who will act as commissioners for the cases.

 The course consists of four phase

Phase 1: (Week 1-4; half days): Occurs at Wageningen University & Research, where attention is paid to the specific land and water management problems in different watersheds in Valencia. Lectures and literature will focus on the technical and socio-organizational dimensions of land and water management, and contextualize problems within the framework of the institutional and policy environment. In small groups, students will develop and articulate their proposal.

Phase 2: (Week 5; full days): Consists of fieldwork in Spain with excursions, field practicals and the finalisation of the proposal.

Phase 3: (Week 6-7; full days): The next two weeks are spent on data collection, analysis, design of interventions.

Phase 4: (Week 8; full days): Students are expected to analyze the data, incorporate feedback from the commissioner, write a concise report, and give a presentation or deliver any other product agreed on with the commissioner. During all phases the students are coached on personal development, intercultural communication and team roles by the process coaches.

In order to prepare the four weeks field work in Spain, students cannot register for this course later than February 15.