About this Course
This online 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 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
By the end of the course participants will:
- have an updated approach and review of the main concepts and principles of IWRM, HRBA and water governance;
- understand the need for a rights based approach for IWRM including recognizing the difference between a water right and the right to water;
- review examples of good practices related to promoting HRBA to IWRM and establish a tool for the implementation of HRBA to IWRM;
- have access to updated quality materials in support of specific subject areas for human rights and water management.
The course is open to a maximum of 50 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, Integrated Water Resources Management, Human Rights Based Approaches, amongst others;
As an introductory course, participants are not expected to have previous knowledge on Human Rights Based Approaches.
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Course description and expected dedication
The course is structured by modules. Each module will run for one week, during which course participants must read basic contents and participate in suggested activities. In all 6 modules, participants are expected to:
- Read basic contents
- Participate in the modules´ forum
- Prepare an individual exercise
- Respond a set of multiple choice questions
- Optional: Attend a webinar
Participants will also have access to recommended readings, videos, and suggested web sites.
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours per week to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review basic readings and participate in all activities (forums, exercises, multiple choices). Participants who wish to read suggested readings and related videos will require a bit more time.
Course Contents and Structure
Module 1: Introduction to IWRM and water governance
Module 2: The Human Rights Based Approach
Module 3: A Human Rights Based Approach to IWRM International Law
Module 4: Core provisions of the human right to water
Module 5: Water, legal pluralism and human rights
Module 6: A tool for the implementation of a human right to IWRM
Base contents and facilitators
The course is facilitated by a team of specialists representing Cap-Net UNDP, REDICA, WaterLex, and UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI.
Contents are based in the training manual on Human Rights-Based Approach to Intergrated Water Resources Management, revised version 2017.
A course coordinator and the virtual campus technical support team are present for the entire course.
Ms. Lilliana Arrieta Quesada, REDICA
Lilliana is the network manager of REDICA, Cap-Net’s partner network for Central America. She has facilitated many trainings and authored chapters of several training manuals related to water management. Lilliana was a co-author of the Cap-Net training manual on a Human Rights-Based Approach to IWRM.
Jenny holds a PhD in water management from Linköping University, Sweden, and works as a Programme Manager for SIWI. She focuses her research on urban water governance, groundwater self-supply in poor communities, and sustainability in the Indian textiles industry. Jenny was a co-author of the Cap-Net Manual on a Human Rights-Based Approach to IWRM.
Dr. Florian Thevenon, WaterLex
Florian Thevenon is Scientific Officer at the NGO WateLex based in Geneva (Switzerland). His work focuses on the crucial importance of Human Rights-Based Approach to Integrated Water Resource Management, and SDG 6 compliance with human rights standards. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Aix-Marseille (France). His research focused on the impacts of climate variations and human activities on the environment and water resources.
Cap-Net´s Virtual Campus Coordinator. Damian has facilitated water-related courses in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and participated as team member for the development of various training manuals. He is passionate for innovative learning approaches and partnership building for human and environmental development.
WaterLex promotes water dialogues, improved water cooperation, and brings sustainable water governance to the forefront of the global agenda. WaterLex is a development organization with UN ECOSOC and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) consultative status, and UN Water and Global Water Partnership (GWP) Partner status. It is a member of the UNECE expert group on equitable access to safe drinking water and of the UNDP Global Water Solidarity platform and the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP). WaterLex also enjoys governmental support, confirmed by ambassadors to the UN who are supporting the organization.
REDICA was created as a structure for training in sustainable development at the Central American level. It is made up of professional associations, eleven public and private universities in Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and the Dominican Republic. REDICA members interact with local governments, technical organizations, non-governmental organizations in relation to water resources and with vulnerable populations, rural, indigenous, as well as productive, industrial and agricultural sectors.
UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI www.watergovernance.org
The Water Governance Facility (WGF) is a collaboration between the UNDP and SIWI, Stockholm International Water Institute. We work on knowledge and capacity development related to multiple thematic areas, including integrated water resources management, transboundary waters, water supply and sanitation, gender equality, water integrity and climate change adaptation.
Cap-Net UNDP www.cap-net.org
Cap-Net is an international network for capacity development in sustainable water management. It is made up of a partnership of autonomous international, regional and national institutions and networks committed to capacity development in the water sector. At Global level Cap-Net works with 23 regional and country level capacity development networks with about 1.000 member organizations in 120 countries, and numerous international partners. Cap-Net UNDP delivers training and education to water professionals in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.Apply for Course