Course Announcement: A Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

The concept of justice in managing water resources arises from the competing, and sometimes, conflicting demands for water. The human rights system offers an important point of entry to streamline water governance and provide coherence both in the sphere of environmental sustainability and in terms of human development. A Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) offers a normative and legal framework to define the rights and obligations of different categories of institutions and for the allocation of scarce freshwater resources in society

This virtual course offers participants an introduction to the main principles and concepts for a human rights based approach to IWRM, as an essential condition to improve access to water and sanitation and achieve the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

This course will run from September 28 to November 13, 2015.


There is no course fee; participants will be selected by the organizing committee considering gender, professional background, and geographic balance, as well as on their motivation and commitment to participate throughout the entire course.

Interested participants must complete the online registration form and submit the following documents to with subject “A HRBA to IWRM virtual course registration”, before Friday, September 4, 2015:

  1. Required. A 1-page profile, describing: educational and professional background; experience in water resources management, water capacity development, or decision making; participation in networks and/or alliances; any other relevant information related to the course subject.
  2. Required. A 1-page motivation and commitment letter: explaining your interest in participating in the course; availability to dedicate at least 4 hours per week during the course duration and participate in the course activities; and your expectations in terms how will you apply and share the acquired contents in your field of work and with your colleagues.
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  • Interesante el tema del curso, puedo leer ingles, pero menciona que se puede dar en otro idoma hojala sea español, sino en ingles, un tema bastante neuralgico en mi pais, donde no sele esta dando la importancia del caso.

    • Perché il National Geographic si sarebbe compromesso con un simile affare? Essendo il sito interdetto anche ai fotoreporter, è lecito supporre che i giornali abbiano pubblicato immagini artefatte (e dunque anche non credibili anieamacomtnte), ma questo non dimostra che tutta la faccenda sia una bufala. Vi risulta che il National Geographic l'abbia smentita? Se sì, ditecelo.

  • Musa Ansumana Soko

    Many thanks Damian for the information.

  • senani wijewardana

    I am reading all chapters. Thank you very much for all information. I am learning lot.

  • Will you be running any future courses in 2016?

  • Klas Moldéus

    Hi Trish,

    Yes we will be running the following courses in 2016:

    1. Integrated urban water management
    2. Integrated drought management
    3. Coastal zone management
    4. Water footprint
    5. Water supply and sanitation and the Sustainable Development Goals

    More information will be shared shortly, so just stay tuned 🙂

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  • Including the above 5 courses, are there other courses offer in 2016. If yes, could you please share the date and time with us.