About this Course
While increasing attention is paid to indigenous people’s issues and indigenous activism in environmental matters is growing, indigenous people’s perspectives only have a minor role in international mechanisms related to management of water resources. The recognition of environmental rights at the international level is often not respected or transformed into concrete advances at the national and local levels. Inadequate management procedures and the absence of recognized land and water rights still make it difficult for indigenous peoples to meaningfully influence water management decisions.
The participation of vulnerable groups is essential for the sustainability of water management solutions. Indigenous people’s ability to participate fully in sustainable development practices on their lands is limited by economic, social and historical factors. In view of the sustainable development of the natural environment, as well as the cultural, social, economic and physical well-being of indigenous peoples, efforts should be made to recognize, promote and strengthen the role of indigenous communities in water management systems. The Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach seeks to enhance dialogue between different stakeholders and favours decision-making at the lowest appropriate institutional level.
This course aims to teach how to integrate traditional knowledge into policies and practices in IWRM, and discuss ways to enhance indigenous people’s participation in sustainable water management and development.
The course will provide participants
- basic knowledge on Indigenous and traditional people, their value systems and water conflicts and challenges they face, and their role in IWRM in achieving sustainable development
- a platform to share knowledge and case studies on integration of traditional knowledge into IWRM
- the knowledge on rights of indigenous people in international law
- knowledge development on incorporating traditional knowledge in adaptation to climate change
- an understanding on intercultural approach to IWRM
- training modules, a facilitator guide to train water managers and stakeholders to enhance participation of indigenous people and integrating traditional knowledge into IWRM
Dr. Florian Thevenon, WaterLex (Module 2)
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
Ms. Rosemirta Birungi, Nile IWRM Net (module 3)
Rosemirta is member of Nile Integrated Water Resources Management Network (Nile-IWRM-net) based in Uganda, Eastern Africa, and has more than a decade of community-level work experience with regional and international development agencies in 10 Countries of the Nile Basin. She is also a PhD fellow of Agricultural and Rural Innovation, researching on gender in marketing and value chains. Rosemirta has developed training manuals and trained water and development professionals in rural communities across Eastern and Central Africa
Ms. Maureen Harris, International Rivers (Module 5)
Maureen is the Southeast Asia Program Director at International Rivers. She works to support people’s movements and civil society partners in Southeast Asia and provide technical and advocacy support to efforts to protect vital transboundary rivers in the region from destructive dams and other developments. Prior to joining International Rivers, Maureen worked as Mekong Legal Director for EarthRights International, coordinating regional legal advocacy initiatives in support of local communities in the Mekong affected by hydropower dams, land concessions and mining projects. Maureen holds Bachelors’ degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Laws (Human Rights and Social Justice) from the University of New South Wales in Australia.
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. Alejandro Jimenez, SIWI (module 6)
Alejandro is a WASH specialist and programme manager at SIWI. He has over 12 years of experience working with water and sanitation governance issues in Central America, and East, Southern and West Africa. His research has focused on water and sanitation governance, WASH indicators, and the implementation of the human right to water and sanitation, with specific attention to indigenous peoples
Dr. Indika Gunawardana, Cap-Net UNDP (Module 1, 4, Course Coordinator)
Indika holds a PhD and MSc. in Integrated Water Resources Management with research and work experiences on water, sanitation and agriculture in developing countries. She holds a BSc. in Agricultural science and technology. She works as a Capacity Development Analyst at Cap-Net UNDP based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has coordinated several training manuals; has moderated trainings and online discussions and has worked closely with global networks and partners for capacity development in sustainable water management.
Mr. Damian Indij, Cap-Net UNDP (Campus Coordinator)
Cap-Net´s Virtual Campus Coordinator and Manager of the Latin America Water Education & Training Network (LA-WETnet). 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.
The course is open to a maximum of 40 participants representing various stakeholders group from the entire water sector:
• The organizations who are closely work on indigenous people’s rights and water management are encouraged to apply in order to represent their experiences and contribute to the discussions that they could enrich the materials with their active involvement in discussion forums throughout the training.
• 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;
This course is (co)-organized by
April 17, 2017 - June 10, 2017