Water Conflict and Cooperation

Dealing with conflicts, and water related conflicts, requires strong interpersonal skills as well as an understanding of the conflict at hand. This course provides a framework to analyse conflicts and in-depth training in key skills to engage and deal with such conflicts, specifically through negotiations, conflict transformation and mediation. Contemporary issues and examples of water conflicts at different levels (international, regional, national and local) are also discussed to illustrate the skills and concepts presented in the course.

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20202021

For whom?

This course is designed for current and future water managers, decision-makers and others involved in water related conflict management and conflict resolution. Participants need to have a bachelor degree in a relevant subject (i.e. economics, social sciences, law, engineering, biology), be fluent in English and preferably have several years of relevant working experience. Dealing with conflicts, and water related conflicts, requires strong interpersonal skills as well as an understanding of the conflict at hand.

Prerequisites

Participants need to have at least a bachelor degree in a relevant subject and preferably several years of relevant working experience in the field of water management, water cooperation or similar topics relating to natural resources and the environment.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 30 March 2020
End: 17 April 2020
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 28 February 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

Start: 29 March 2021
End: 16 April 2021
Deadline IHE application: 27 February 2021 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Understand and critically debate key concepts of water and environment related conflicts, including the complex interrelations between water-related risks and conflicts
  2. Assess and apply theoretical approaches explaining conflict and cooperation over (transboundary) water resources and water diplomacy practices
  3. Analyse the key legal and institutional mechanisms for conflict and cooperation at different levels, such as principles of international and national water law and river basin organizations
  4. Apply basic negotiation skills for water conflict management and cooperation to specific challenges and cases

Course content

The short course includes the following components:

  • Introduction to water conflict analysis
  • Negotiation processes 
  • Conflict transformation workshop
  • Fundamentals of mediation 
  • Water conflict case studies at different levels

The course provides a mix of theory and practice, with particular attention on skills training. Lectures are combined with exercises and simulation games.

Partners 

Clingendael

Oregon State University

The Israel Centre for Negotiation and Mediation

Examination

It is possible to take part in the examination of this short course. If you obtain a passing mark for this examination and return to IHE Delft within four years after completion of the short course to follow a full MSc programme, you will receive exemption for this short course/module. The costs for this exam are €250 extra and should be borne by yourself. Taking part in the examination is not compulsory.

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