Refresher Course Hydrological Tools for Water Management in Food Production

Water resources management and food security is at the core of current socio-economic and environmental issues

For whom?

The course participants are NFP alumni, professionals from the region involved in water resources management and research and education and environmental government agencies. This course is aimed at updating their knowledge with state-of-the-art technologies, tools and practices in the field of water resources management to achieve food security.

Topic: Hydrological Tools for Water Management in Food Production

Location: Managua, Nicaragua

Coordinator: Dr. Gerald Corzo Perez, Senior Lecturer/Researcher

Counterpart: Institute of Geology and Geophysics, UNAN Managua

Open to: Alumni from Latin America and the Caribbean

Background

Water resources management and food security is at the core of current socio-economic and environmental issues. Topics such as climate change, climate variability, water and food security, among others, require a sound hydrological assessment in order to provide pertinent information for decision and policy makers. Protection and sustainable management of water resources is at the cornerstone of socio-economical development, and hence food security, in regions like Latin America .

The MSc alumni have learned about hydrological tools necessary to assess water resources. The course will bring an update on this knowledge and provide an state of the art overview of available tools. It will also create a collaborative network among alumni where future knowledge and information exchange is encouraged.

This would be the first refresher course to be carried out in Nicaragua and in the Central American region. An additional output from this course will be the launching of a NUFFIC alumni group for Central America, which we are already organizing. Special attention will be given to the inclusion of female participants in the NUFFIC alumni group, encouraging their active participation.

Participants from the academic, government and private sectors will gain a broad overview of current hydrological tools for water resources management focused on agricultural uses. After completion of the course, the participants will be able to consider innovative tools that can be applicable in their own cases and contribute significantly to improve water resources management, specially in agricultural uses. This will bring tangible progress in sustainable use of water resources in their region to secure food production.The participants will also benefit from the course by being connected to each other in a network of professionals to share information and
experience.

Organizations will benefit from the capacity building of their human resources who will be able to make informed decisions and will be introduced to state of the art tools for water resources management for food production.

Objectives

The main objective of the course is to update and provide new tools for water management in food production. Specific objectives are:
i) Provide an overview of state-of-the-art hydrological tools needed to assess water resources management options
ii) Discuss and understand climate change scenarios in relation to water management and food security
iii) Review and discuss water resources management in agricultural practices in Latin America
iv) Discuss gender equality and women's empowerment in water management
iv) Create a space of professional and scientific exchange among water professionals of the region
The course participants are professionals from the region involved in water resources management and research and education and environmental government agencies. This course is aimed at updating their knowledge with state-of-the-art technologies, tools and practices in the field of water resources management to achieve food security.

Application procedure

Select the refresher course you would like to enrol in

  • Click the button below ‘apply now for’.
  • Make an account using the email address known at IHE Delft or use your current account to log in. Important! Register using the email address where you have received the invitation to the course sent by IHE Delft. In case you have not received the invitation by email, send before registering your new email address to m.sorrentino@un-ihe.org
  • Complete the application process and upload: your CV, copy of your passport and an employer statement. Please find the template in the following link. Use only that format and note that it has to be submitted on official letter head with the company logo and should contain the company’s stamp.
  • By selecting 'scholarship' in the question 'How do you intend to pay the costs of your study and other expenses?' you will automatically apply for a NFP fellowship, IHE Delft will handle this.
  • Submit your application. When pressing the 'Submit' button, your application will be sent to IHE Delft. You will not receive a confirmation of receipt. However, you can check the status of your application on your personal page. If the status is submitted or verified, it has been received.
  • After the application deadline, IHE Delft makes a selection of all eligible applicants. IHE Delft will inform the selected candidates by email. One month before the start of the Refresher Course, all applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection


Please take note that you can only register for one refresher course.

NFP Fellowships

The Netherlands Government has made full fellowships for a maximum of 20 participants available for each refresher course.
These fellowships include:

  • air travel (economy class) from the nearest international airport in the candidate’s home country to the refresher course country and vice versa. Please note that travel costs made to reach the airport in your home country will not be reimbursed,
  • transfer from the airport to hotel and vice versa. No other travel costs are refunded,
  • health insurance,
  • accommodation, including meals, for the duration of the course, up to a maximum of 15 days in total, depending on the date of arrival in and departure from the hosting country,
  • direct visa costs (no related costs, such as travel costs to the Embassy or hotel stay are refunded). The visa costs can only be reimbursed when the original receipts are handed in.

Self Paying Participants

The courses are open to a limited number of self-paying participants who have the required background and work experience, and who are not necessarily alumni. The tuition fee for one course is Euro 230, to be paid in advance. This tuition fee covers registration, tuition, and fieldtrips (if applicable). All other costs such as meals, hotel and travel costs are borne by the participant.
More details can be provided upon request by contacting refresher@un-ihe.org.

 

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