Water Resources Planning under Changing Climate and Environment

Planning future utilization of water resources as part of economic development, while simultaneously maintaining integrity of the natural environment typically involves many interests. This course Introduces the major aspects and provides practical opportunity to experience the processes in multidisciplinary collaboration for targeted water resources planning within a development context.

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OKP and MSP Scholarship

If your are eligible, consider to apply for an Orange Knowledge or MENA Scholarship Programme. Interested? Apply for admission to this course by 25 September 2022.

For whom?

Professionals from all relevant (public, private, NGO) sectors involved in water resources, water utilization, and water supply/sanitation -- directly, or indirectly through agriculture, energy, transport, ecosystem conservation, etc.


Undergraduate level in earth-, natural-, or environmental sciences, agriculture, civil engineering, or similar. Professional experience in a water-related sector and/or affinity with water-related economics, law, or governance is a plus point.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 03 July 2023
End: 14 July 2023
ECTS credit points: 3
Deadline IHE application: 02 June 2023 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3500

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  1. Describe the expected impacts of climate change on water resources and water use sectors in relation to (other) human activities.
  2. Identify the consequences of the predicted impacts of climate change and climate variability for integrated water resources management.
  3. Integrate climatic change conditions at different time and spatial scales into water resources planning and development.
  4. Justify decisions on adaption to the impacts of climate change under uncertainty.

Course content

A brief introduction of the climate system and the causes of climate change and variability, and the impacts of climate change on the hydrological cycle/water resources, the environment and water-use sectors. Also addressed are adaptation measures and economic aspects, and adaptation strategies under uncertainty.

The institutional and organizational aspects of water resources management and development. The importance of involving stakeholders in water management and climate change adaptation, and strategies on how to involve stakeholders.

Practical workshop conducted as a groupwork role play in which participants represent specialists and/or stakeholders from a wide range of water-related sectors that are involved in formulating future plans for water resources development of Climateland, including allocation and management strategies under changing conditions. The WEAP modelling package will be used to investigate the feasibility of their conceived potential future planning measures including the effects of climate change on the water resources and its allocation of Climateland. Future climate data inputs are derived from existing climate model results for selected IPCC scenarios.

Participants will work together in large and small groups to address specific problems and investigate potential solutions, which subsequently need to be integrated into a master planning for the coming 50-75 years. Participants will present the outcomes for the entire basin in an oral presentation to the Government, followed by a joint classroom discussion/debate.


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