Open Course on Water Productivity and Water Accounting using WaPOR

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and FAO have developed an open online course to teach end-users how to actively use the WaPOR portal for their own needs. The main focus of the course will be on how to search, download, and apply WaPOR data for water productivity and water accounting studies.

WaPOR is the portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open-access of Remotely sensed derived data and has been developed by FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The WaPOR programme assists countries in monitoring water productivity, identifying water productivity gaps, proposing solutions to reduce these gaps, and contributing to a sustainable increase in agricultural production. At the same time, it takes into account ecosystems and the equitable use of water resources, with the goal of achieving an overall reduction in water stress.

The course is free to attend and is open to all who are interested. A reliable internet connection is required. The course is self-paced with units being released on a weekly basis. A certificate of completion can be obtained after completing Module 1 and either Module 2 or 3.

For whom?

Water Productivity and Water Accounting using WaPOR is an online course targeting practitioners and academicians who are working in water resources management and related fields and have an interest in using open access remote sensing data and other open-access data to assess the water resources situation in their region.

They are also interested in conducting water productivity and/or water accounting analyses, including to study how water productivity improvements can have an effect on different water users in a river basin context. To properly follow this course, we expect that the participants have a basic understanding of hydrology, irrigation agronomy, remote sensing, and working knowledge of GIS data.

Dates and Fee

  • Start/end: Module 1 starts: 29 March 2021, Modules 2 and 3 start: 6 May 2021
  • Registration open: 15 March 2021
  • Course fee: Free
  • This course is self-paced, so participants can enroll at any time and complete the course on their own schedule.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the concept of water productivity and/or water accounting
  • Describe the steps of using WaPOR data and other remote sensing derived data in water productivity and/or water accounting analyses
  • Discuss the benefits and limitations of WaPOR and remote sensing derived data
  • Summarise water productivity and/or water accounting study
  • Apply the WaPOR data in combination with other data in water productivity and/or water accounting studies


Step 0. Have you already created an account to access IHE Delft Open Education?
If you created an account to access one of our open courses in the past, you can use the same username and password to login. Then, go to Step 2 - Register/Enrol Yourself in the Course. If you created an account in the past, but forgot your password, click on “Forgot Password?”. 

Step 1. Create a New Account in the IHE Open Education website
Click on Create New Account, fill in your username, password etc., an 'account confirmation' email will be sent to you (check also in your spam e-mailbox, particularly if you have a Gmail account), use the 'web address' received to confirm your new account and login using your username and password

Step 2. Register/enrol yourself in the course
Click on the title, click on 'Enrol me in this course' (under the arrow in the upper right side/below your username), click on 'Enrol me' in the page 'Enrolment options' to complete the process (the course coordinator will send you an 'welcome' email and your name will be listed as course participant).


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