INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Freshwater resources are under increased pressure to satisfy the needs of water users throughout the world. Since 1800 the world’s population has increased from 1 to 6 billion, but freshwater is finite. The amount of freshwater on Earth does not change, yet water use went up nine-fold in the 20th century. For many river basins and aquifers, however, because of pollution and overexploitation, availability and access to clean, safe water is declining.
This comprehensive 10-day course focuses on strategies to overcome lack of coordination among sectors and disjointed planning that can otherwise easily result in unnecessary expenditure and large infrastructure that fails to provide expected results, at the expense of natural ecosystems.