Implementing Environmental Flows to Support Sustainable Water Resources Management

Participants will learn best international policies and practices for the implementation of environmental flows to protect aquatic ecosystems and the contributions they provide to people. The course consists of interactive lectures and discussions, real-world examples, group exercises, and webinar exchanges with international experts.

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2021 Edition Online

This course will be offered in an online/remote teaching format due to Covid-19 restrictions. The course's content and learning objectives will remain unchanged, while the duration may be extended. You can contact the course coordinator for more information about the new -temporary- format of the course.

For whom?

Professionals from government, NGOs, and the private sector who are engaged in policy making, planning, and the operational aspects of resource management and monitoring; others interested in meeting the challenge of environment flow implementation. Participants will share an interest in practically balancing water resource use with environmental protections in sustainable development.



Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 19 September 2022
End: 30 September 2022
Deadline IHE application: 18 August 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Describe what environmental flows are, how they are assessed, and what contributions they make to society.
  2. Explain different approaches to incorporate environmental flows into policy, legislation and regulations.
  3. Discuss the roles and the responsibilities of various stakeholders including implementing institutions.
  4. Demonstrate one or more approaches to embed environmental flows in water resource management plans.
  5. Evaluate how environmental flows can best be delivered or protected in an adaptive management context.

Course Content

  • Environmental flows primer: what they are, what purposes they serve, how they are assessed, and what is their status around the world.
  • Creating an appropriate enabling environment: representation of environmental flows in policy, legislation and regulations at local, national, regional, and global scales.
  • Stakeholder engagement: identifying key stakeholders and effectively engaging them in the assessment, planning, and operationalisation of environmental flows.
  • Defining institutional roles and responsibilities: identifying roles and responsibilities of different institutions in policy making, resource planning, assessment, operationalisation, adaptive management and monitoring of environmental flows.
  • Embedding environmental flows in natural resource planning: integrated resource development and conservation planning and methods and tools/instruments for addressing tradeoffs.
  • Delivering and protecting environmental flows through adaptive management, from day to day operations, through to monitoring for compliance and effectiveness, and reporting for future planning.

Participants will learn through the presentations of theory and real-world examples, discussions, group exercises, webinars with interaction with international topic experts, and the development of their own case study. Participants should identify their case well beforehand and bring available data and information to the course.

By Whom?

The course will be given by a diverse group of instructors with recognised international expertise in the topic. It is held under the auspices of IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Riverfutures and other partners.


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