Environmental Assessment for Water-related Policies and Developments

The course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills required to assess both project and policy level impacts of water-related developments

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For whom?

This course is designed for students and professionals - from the academic, public or private sectors- who want to develop a good understanding of the process of impact assessment and its applications to assess the impacts and benefits of project and strategic interventions (e.g. policies, plans, programs or laws).


Minimum a Bachelor's degree in environmental or social sciences, engineering, or management of natural resources.

Interest in understanding, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, how human interventions affect the interactions among socio-ecological and bio-physical processes.

Basic use of computer software for spreadsheets, drawing and word processing (e.g. Microsoft Office, Libre Office or Free Office).

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 28 June 2021
End: 16 July 2021
Deadline IHE application: 27 May 2021 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain the role of impact assessment (Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] and Strategic Environmental Assessment [SEA]) in achieving sustainable development, and be able to reflect on their scope and limitations as tools to support decision-making.
  2. Describe selected methods and tools used in EIA & SEA and apply them to conduct a desk-top assessment for a water-related development project.
  3. Describe the importance of public participation in EIA & SEA and how the roles of stakeholders, experts, regulators and proponents- vary between the two processes.
  4. Analyse the barriers and drivers that influence the effective integration of EIA & SEA into the planning/project approval process in different contexts, including developing and transition countries.
  5. Explain the similarities and differences between the EIA & SEA principles and processes, and their application in the water sector, including river basin and natural resource planning and management.

Course Content

  • Introduction to environmental assessment for water policies and developments
  • Principles of EIA and SEA, and legal and policy framework
  • EIA and SEA tools and methods
  • Case study (group and individual work): design an appropriate EA approach for a specific case
  • Effective integration of EA into the planning/project in developing and transition countries.


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