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Course Description

Millions in both urban and rural communities worldwide are becoming vulnerable to water scarcity, social exclusion from access to water, polluted water sources and water-borne diseases. Overpopulation, falling groundwater tables, the mismanagement of water sources, pollution and over-extraction all threaten to exacerbate the already severe decline in available water resources. A community-based and participatory approach involving and empowering users and managers of local communities is necessary to balance the various needs and demands on available resources. This course will explore important concepts and strategies for successful participatory water conservation strategies to ensure long-term, sustainable solutions to managing water resources effectively in communities around the world.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Work with communities using tools such as social asset mapping to identify value-based water and sanitation priorities and implement these into their community development plans
  • Deliver training and develop capacity of local communities
  • Understand how to integrate users and managers of local communities, government bodies, and various stakeholders into all components of effective water management plans

Feedback from Course Participants

“I took this course because I want to work in water resource management. This course enhanced my desire to do so and enlightened me on the different aspects of working in water. Furthermore, the instructor took additional time to discuss education programs, schools, and future job possiblities with me. I can’t even describe how helpful it was to have the opportunity to discuss those things with people working in the field!”

“The course is an eye opener to the need to mainstream water resource management to effective sustainable development especially in developing countries.”

“I definitely gained much understanding about the complexities of water legislation, and how important he’s complexities are to take into account when working with the local community.”

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