Water Resources Planning

This short course introduces all aspects of multi-disciplinary water resources planning. The course includes lectures and exercises, as well as interactive workshops and role plays.

For whom?

Young and mid-career professionals, managers, engineers and technicians who have the ambition to judge, participate in and guide multi-disciplinary water resources planning studies.


Understanding of the water resources physical system. Understanding of water use for agriculture, water supply, hydropower and environment. Understanding of water governance. Computer literacy. Good command of English.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Explain basic concepts in water resources planning and describe steps in a participatory planning process
  2. Identify, apply and reflect on (participatory) tools and models, such as environmental impact assessment (EIA), decision support systems, multi-criteria analysis and water system models
  3. Explain how to develop and evaluate water management strategies using multiple criteria
  4. Discuss the outcome of water resources planning in relation to its context with special attention to basins in a developing country context.

Course Content

Framework of Analysis for Water Resources Planning: Principles of integrated water resources planning. Planning scales and approaches. Comprehension of different frameworks used in water resources planning with focus on key steps in the planning process, such as situation and function analysis including multi-level water sector analysis, planning objectives and criteria, scenario and strategy development, role of modelling in water resources planning and multi-criteria analysis.

Stakeholder Participation in Water Resources Planning: Importance of stakeholder participation in the planning process, opportunities and limitations. Stakeholder analysis. Tools and methods for stakeholder participation in key steps of the planning process including participatory decision support systems. Negotiation and compensation in group decision making. Plan implementation and evaluation. The evolution of and experience with participatory and integrated planning methods will be demonstrated through case study examples.

Environmental Assessment: Environmental impacts of water resources development projects, principles and methods of environmental impact assessment, Applications of environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in water resources/environmental planning and management.


Connect with us

Never miss a thing!