Water Conflict and Cooperation

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to water conflict analysis, theories of water conflict and cooperation as well as and water law and cooperative water resources governance.

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2022
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?

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 a bachelor degree in a relevant subject (i.e. economics, social sciences, law, engineering, biology) and several years of relevant working experience, preferably in the field of water management, water cooperation or similar topics relating to natural resources and the environment, as well as an interest in conflict and cooperation over water resources.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 04 April 2022
End: 22 April 2022
Deadline IHE application: 03 March 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain and analyse key concepts of water and environment related conflicts, including the complex causal chains between water-related risks and conflicts, especially in the context of infrastructure development
  2. Understand and apply different theoretical approaches to water conflict and cooperation at all governance levels
  3. Explain and analyze the key principles of international and national water law of relevance for conflict and cooperation
  4. Explain and analyze international (river basin organizations) and national organizations for water cooperation, including their effectiveness in addressing water conflicts and ensuring cooperation

Course content

Water conflict and cooperation are complex phenomena that need to be understood in their hydrological, environmental, socioeconomic, political and cultural context. This course provides a comprehensive introduction to water conflict analysis, theories of water conflict and cooperation as well as and water law and cooperative water resources governance. Theoretical inputs are being combined with ample examples from water conflict and cooperation at local, national, basin and international levels through which students apply the theories and approaches studied and gather first conflict management and negotiation insights.

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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