Course Announcement: Water Pollution Management

Access to clean and risk-free water in sufficient quantities is a prerequisite for and an indicator of human well-being. Although water pollution is among the biggest human health risks, the continuing deterioration of water quality remains a major global threat. Water pollution also threatens the global ecosystem with potentially irreversible damage, exacerbating the environmental challenges of future generations. As countries struggle to find solutions for water pollution prevention and water quality management, Cap-Net UNDP has taken steps towards consolidating knowledge on integrated management approaches. Water pollution is no longer only a technical problem, but also a management challenge. Both require knowledge to formulate solutions for planning and implementation of pollution prevention and management.

The training material presented in this training endeavours to improve practitioners’ understanding of water pollution drivers, stakeholder involvement, and strategic planning for pollution prevention and management. The three pillars of integrated water resources management—social equity, environmental sustainability and economic efficiency—can contribute to managing pollution and eventually achieving an increase in people’s wellbeing while protecting the environment. This training is designed to learn and discuss the integrated management approaches for water pollution prevention; and adaptation of management tools in a local context. The training will involve reading recommended materials, individual assignments, sharing the local examples and case studies with peers.


The training course aims to deliver the knowledge on water pollution management, share thoughts and experiences among the stakeholders, especially among those who are in project planning or policy making level and management level officials who are working in water management institutions, municipalities, and urban planning departments and other related departments and ministries. Through this training, we aim to uplift the consensus on water pollution prevention to achieve SDG6 target 6.3, motivate for actions, and share the knowledge that may lead to implementation.

SDG6 – Target 6.3: “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally”

Learning Objectives

The course will aims to enable participants to

  • Identify different actors and drivers of water pollution;
  • Understand relationships among water pollution, ecosystem health and human well-being;
  • Examine existing policies and the legislative and institutional structures related to water pollution management
  • Apply water quality guidelines and standards; and
  • Facilitate strategic planning and financing for water pollution prevention and quality management

The participants

The course is open to a maximum of 40 participants representing various stakeholder groups from the entire water sector:

  • Stakeholders and professionals forming part of water management, civil society, river basin or international organizations; development programmes and members of UN organizations; and representatives of the private sector;
  • decision makers, policy makers, and high-level professionals and managers active in governmental bodies;
  • capacity developers active in the fields of sustainable water management, droughts, Integrated Water Resources Management, risk management, climate change, amongst others;

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, including the presentation of the following documentation before Sunday, 7th May, 2016.


1. Required. A short 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 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.


3. Optional. A 1-page letter of institutional support: through which the institution where you work expresses interest in your participation in the course; explains why this will be an important training for you and the institution.




The course language is English.

Contents and Course Structure

The course is structured by modules. Each module will run over 1.5 weeks, during which course participants must read basic contents and participate in suggested activities.

Course features

In all 4 modules, participants are expected to:

  • Read basic contents
  • Participate in the modules´ forum
  • Prepare an individual exercise (not all modules have an exercise)
  • Respond –by the end of the module- a set of multiple choice questions
  • Optional: Participate in a live session

Participants will also have access to other (optional) recommended readings, videos, and web links.

Participants expected dedication and certification

Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours per week to the course. This is estimated on the basis of 1 hour per day (4 days a week), or two connections per week, each one of 2 hours. In total, this should add to 32 hours for the full course, in line with a 4 days face to face course.

This time dedication should be enough to review base contents and participate in all activities (forums, exercises, multiple choices). Participants who wish to read other suggested readings and related videos will require a bit more time.

Participants who deliver all exercises, complete all end of modules quizzes and participate along the various forums will receive a certificated granted by the course organisers.

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