Refresher Course Towards Sustainable Water Management and Food Production using Nature-based Solutions in LACC

Worldwide, there has been an exponential growth, triggered mainly by economic factors (e.g. transportation, logistics, recreational, etc.). The Latin America and Caribbean regions are not anexception to this phenomenon.

For whom?

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni from Latin America and the Caribbean countries.
Course: ‘Towards sustainable water management and food production using nature-based solutions in Latin America and Caribbean Countries’ 
Date: 11 to 15 November 2019
Location: Guatemala
Coordinators: Dr. Carlos Lopez Vazquez and Dr. Arlex Sanchez Torres
Counterpart Institution: University of San Carlos of Guatemala
Partner Coordinator: Alumna Karin Rossana Rivas Ch├ívez, MSc
Open to: Alumni from Latin America and Caribbean countries

Worldwide, there has been an exponential growth, triggered mainly by economic factors (e.g. transportation, logistics, recreational, etc.). The Latin America and Caribbean regions are not anexception to this phenomenon, with 50% growth in 25 years, driven by a population totalling 650 million inhabitants in 2018. However, at the same time,the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels and other changes, have started to affect the regions, causing extreme weather events. Currently, 3/4 of the countries in Latin America and the Caribe are vulnerable to the effects of climate change, causing an economic impact of US$ 15-20 billions every year. The spatial and seasonal water distribution (dry and wet periods) is rather uneven, hence the spatial distribution of water resources and its availability for all users is and will continue to increase the number of potential conflicts and disputes in key economic sectors, such as food production, energy and (fresh) water supply. This may jeopardize the well-being and future development of the region.

Several governments and organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean have started to include prevention and mitigation actions in their National development plans and they are just starting to forecast and sketch certain potential solutions. On the other hand, the European Union, and in particular The Netherlands, are world leaders in the implementation of actions and plans to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change. This has recently been reinforced with the incorporation of innovative nature-based solutions, with several public and private organizations, institutions and companies active and eager to expand their scope and reach to other regions.

The course is planned according to the main needs of the region. Among all countries in the LAAC regions (Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Surinam) the common thematic foci are water management, agri-food and food production. Water management practices needs to be enhanced in the region,  which will lead to better practices, reinforced “do more with less” principle, promote efficiency, circular economy and sustainability. Better water resources management will lead to the achievement of multiple benefits across different economic sectors and the environment.


Target Audience

This course is intended for Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) alumni from Latin America and the Caribbean region and neighbouring countries. The purpose is to disseminate latest knowledge on topics which are relevant for for the countries and institutions in the region, as well as potentially relevant for the following sectors: Food production, Water and Wastewater treatment and technologies, Urban water and sanitation, Flood risk management, Flood resilience management, Food industry effluent treatment, and Cleaner production.
The course is related to the following IHE Delft MSc programmes and specializations:
- Water Science and Engineering;
- Hydroinformatics;
- Urban Water and Sanitation;
- Environmental Sciences;
- Urban Water Engineering and Management;



The main objective of this Refresher Course is to provide an update on innovative knowledge and practices, using nature-based solutions for sustainable water management and its essential (inter-)relationship with food production. The specific objectives are:
- To provide the state-of-the-art knowledge, tools and techniques, case-studies of experiences and
good practice, on nature-based solutions for sustainable water management and linkages with food
production, in particular from the relevant Dutch sectors;
- To contribute to the development of back-home-action plans with implementation actions for the
participants when returning home;
- To create and stimulate a knowledge sharing platform for alumni in the LAAC region, to maintain contact with the Dutch companies and institutions to conduct potential projects.


Application Procedure

  • 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.
  • Complete the application process and upload your CV and a copy of your passport
  • 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 an Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) 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. Approximately two months before the Refresher Course, all applicants will be informed about the outcome of the selection.
Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) Fellowships
The Netherlands Government has provided full fellowships for a maximum of 20 participants available for each Refresher Course. Note that 50% needs to be alumna. These fellowships include:
  • Air travel (economy class) from the nearest international airport to 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 in the country of the Refresher Course. 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 (related costs, such as travel costs to the Embassy or hotel stay are not refundable)

Fellowship Eligibility

You can apply for a fellowship if you meet the following criteria. You: 
  • are a national of, and work and live in one of the current OKP Latin American or Caribbean countries
  • work for one of the following types of national and/or local organisations: ministries, secondary or higher vocational or academic education institutions, universities, private sector, commissions or NGOs. (You may not work for: A bilateral or multilateral organisation; A non-governmental organisation that is internationally active and is focused on representing social interests, such as development cooperation, nature and environmental protection, health or human rights.)
  • must be in a position to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in practice.
  • graduated or completed a course funded by OKP, NFP or NICHE

Self Paying Participants

The course is open to a limited number of self-paying participants who have the required background and work experience, are alumni and lived in neighbouring countries of the course.
The tuition fee for the course is Euro 250, to be paid in advance. This tuition fee covers registration, tuition, and field trip (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


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