Online Course on Irrigation Management and Development

This online course looks into the socio-technical nature of sustainability challenges of irrigation, including objectives, tasks, modalities and challenges in irrigation management and development.

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2021

For whom?

Early or mid-career professionals working in the field of:

  • Irrigation design, management, operation, rehabilitation and/or modernization;
  • Hydraulic or civil engineering with an interest in the operational and management side of irrigation systems;
  • Agronomy and agricultural/rural development;
  • Hydrology, Water resources or environmental management with an interest in irrigation development and food security;
  • Other related fields such as forestry, landscape planning, etc

Working with government agencies, research institutes, NGOs, or consultancy companies.

Prerequisites

BSc or equivalent in water resources engineering or management, hydrology, civil engineering, agricultural engineering or closely related fields. Understanding of principles of irrigation system design, agronomy and irrigation methods. BSc or equivalent in water resources engineering or management, hydrology, civil engineering, agricultural engineering or closely related fields. Understanding of principles of irrigation system design, agronomy and irrigation methods.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 01 June 2021
End: 09 July 2021
Duration: 6 weeks
ECTS credit points: 2
Deadline IHE application: 19 May 2021 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 414

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Evaluate objectives, tasks and types of irrigation management arrangements and its implications for irrigation performance
  2. Assess common challenges and possible solutions in irrigation management and development
  3. Demonstrate the role of property creation for the management of and interventions in irrigation and drainage systems

Course content

Throughout the world irrigation systems face often similar challenges in terms of sustainable maintenance and operation, such as accountability and financial resources and management. Systems often get stuck in the so called build-neglect-rebuild cycle, for which there are no quick or easy solutions.

This course looks into the socio-technical nature of these issues. You will learn about different objectives, tasks, modalities and challenges in irrigation management. The course looks at different types of systems in different parts of world, including large-scale agency-managed, smallholder systems, public-private partnerships, and individual smallholder irrigators.

In this interactive online course you are triggered to come up with own examples, challenges and think of possible solutions for sustainably managing irrigation systems for a food secure future.

Topics

  1. Introduction to irrigation management: common pool resources, relevance and objectives of management, irrigation as socio-technical systems.
  2. Irrigation management tasks and arrangements: Tasks related to water use, control structures and organisation. Management arrangements including agency-led systems, farmer-managed systems, informal and farmer-led irrigation, and public-private partnerships.
  3. Interventions and property creation in irrigation systems: Dynamics of hydraulic property and ownership relations in irrigation and drainage, Irrigation Management Transfer, and consequences of interventions in dynamic systems.

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