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Length Length

6 modules, accessible at any time

Effort Effort

4-6 hours per week

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

WHY TRANSBOUNDARY WATER
is pivotal for

FRESHWATER SECURITY

WHY TRANSBOUNDARY WATER
PLACING WATER COOPERATION
as a

TOP PRIORITY

PLACING WATER COOPERATION
HOW TO USE FINANCING
in

TRANSBOUNDARY WATER MANAGEMENT

HOW TO USE FINANCING
USING NEGOTIATIONS AND DIPLOMACY
to address

WATER SECURITY CHALLENGES

USING NEGOTIATIONS AND DIPLOMACY

Overview

This course is self-paced – you can enroll immediately and complete the course materials at any time before August 15, 2021.

Freshwater scarcity, stress, and crisis are increasing worldwide. More than a billion people live in water-scarce regions, and 3.5 billion could experience water scarcity by 2025. These pressures disproportionally affect vulnerable and marginalized people, including those living in poverty and displacement. Rising pollution levels accelerate the crisis by reducing water availability for human use and impacting aquatic life in rivers, lakes, aquifers, and the oceans.

Transboundary basins account for roughly 60% of freshwater resources, serving 2.8 billion people, or 42% of the world’s population. Complex shared transboundary freshwater and ecosystems cut across myriad sectoral needs, themes, and political boundaries. Setting effective policy goals, coupled with investments, means working at multiple scales with a range of public and private stakeholders throughout the watershed, from source to sea and beyond.

This course presents multiple facets of governance for transboundary freshwater security – from financing mechanisms to negotiation skills – while emphasizing the urgency of sustainable development and cooperation at many levels. It extends from basic building blocks and concepts to advanced thinking about transboundary governance, and applies theory to practice through examples and case studies. Topics covered in six modules range from the fundamentals of transboundary water security to international water law, water diplomacy, negotiations, institutions, management tools, and sustainable finance.

The course is designed for professionals who manage and make decisions about transboundary waters within line ministries and river basin organizations; managers of transboundary water projects and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Portfolio; the GEF IW:LEARN Network; NGOs, academics, and private sector actors working on basin management; development practitioners; young professionals and future leaders in transboundary waters, including undergraduate and graduate students; and anyone else who is keen to learn about the topic.

This MOOC was produced by the Global Water Partnership in collaboration with GEF IW:LEARN and its partners. Over 80 water professionals from around the world brought their experiences to lectures and case studies. Modules are coordinated by United Nations University, Northumbria University, Stockholm International Water Institute, IHE-Delft, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and the Global Water Partnership.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Activities
  • Quizzes 

Lead Faculty

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    Yumiko Yasuda

    Global Water Partnership

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    Barbara Janusz-Pawletta

    GWP TEC

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    Alistair Rieu-Clarke

    Northumbria University

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    Nidhi Nagabhatla

    UNU-INWEH

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    Susanne Schmeier

    IHE Delft

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    David Hebart-Coleman

    Stockholm International Water Institute

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    Jackie King

    Water Matters SA

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    Aaron Wolf

    Oregon State University

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    Jerome Priscoli

    Global Water Partnership

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    Maria Vink

    Stockholm International Water Institute

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    Sonja Koeppel

    United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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    Astrid Hillers

    Global Environment Facility

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    Danilo Turk

    High Level Panel on Water and Peace

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    David Grey

    University of Oxford

This course is for

Policymakers and professionals who manage, and make decisions about, transboundary waters in ministries and river basin organizations, government officials, river basin authority, professional organizations, civil society organizations, and networks.

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in transboundary freshwater governance in theory and practice.

Sustainable development practitioners who want to understand how solution-oriented approaches can be developed within the framework of transboundary waters.

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course is self-paced. All course components are available now and can be completed at any time that is convenient for the students. Please note that this course is not facilitated by a course team. We encourage students to engage with one another via the discussion forum. Any specific questions can be sent to the SDG Academy team at courses@sdgacademy.org.

Certificates

Learners who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by the course instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to the MOOC and Freshwater Security

Module 2: Water Diplomacy and Negotiation Skills

Module 3: International Water Law

Module 4: Institutions

Module 5: Management Tools and Mechanisms

Module 6: Finance for Transboundary Water Security