About this Course
This course provides a powerful new perspective to approach water-related challenges holistically and strive to meet the ever-growing need of water professional to help transitioning the existing conventional cities to the cities of the future through integrated urban water management, water sensitive and water wise approaches.
The course is designed to provide attendees with a background on an integrated water supply, stormwater, and wastewater management and advancements in technology to improve water use/reuse efficiency, enhance energy and nutrient recovery form waste stream. It highlights strategies for building resilient, green and sustainable cities such as water sensitive urban planning, integrated sanitation service delivery chain and nature-based solutions for liquid and solid waste management.
In addition, the course will also discuss the multiple challenges of water governance, such as legal and institutional aspects, financing water management and services, effective cooperation with stakeholders, cross-border issues, gender impact and integrity.
- To provide a broader understanding of innovative integrated urban water management and water wise approaches for sustainable development.
- To discuss multiple benefits of water sensitive urban design and green infrastructure systems for urban water security.
- To understand the pathway to improve sanitation service delivery chain for all and explore the benefits of wastewater as a resource and nature based options.
- To provide an overview of the urban water governance systems and business development opportunities that affect the use, development, and management of urban water holistically.
- To provide an insight on how to induce change and transformative development for green, healthy and resilient cities of the future.
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 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 websites.
- Module 1. The Challenge of Cities in a Globalizing World. October 1 – 11
- Global Challenges and Driving Agendas for Urban Water Management
- Urban Development and Water Resources
- Climate Change and the Urban Water Cycle Management
- Urban Growth and the Urban Poor
- Water related SDGs and New Urban Agenda
- Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM)
- Challenges of existing Urban Water Management systems
- The IUWM Concept and Potential Benefits
- Cities in the Green and Circular Economy
- Module 2 Achieving Urban Water Security. October 12 – 21
- Transforming Water-scarce Cities into Water-secure Cities
- Challenges and Opportunities of Finding the Balance
- Diversifying Water Resources for Resilient Cities
- Non-Conventional Water Resources Management
- Technology Selection for Diversified Water Sources
- Linking Water Sensitive Urban Planning and Flood Management
- Flood Management: Challenges of Urban Planning
- Water Sensitive Planning and Integrated Urban Flood Management
- Green and Resilient Cities: Options from Household to Sub-Catchment Scale
- The Role of Ecosystem Services for Flood Management
- Module 3Improving Urban Sanitation for Healthy Cities. October 22 – 29
- Integrated Sanitation Service Delivery Chain
- Urban Sanitation for All
- Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DEWATS)
- Sludge Management and Resource Recovery
- Sanitation Game Changer – Business Models
- Nature-based Solutions for Liquid and Solid Waste Management
- Benefits of Green Infrastructure for Healthy Cities
- Nature based Decentralized Treatment Options
- Landfills Management for Clean and Green Cities
- Module 4 Effective Urban Water Governance. October 30 – November 7
- Policy and Institutional Framework
- Urban Water Governance Principles
- Mapping institutional framework with an IUWM perspective
- Water Integrity and Transparency
- Multi Stakeholders Partnership and Inclusiveness
- Stakeholder Engagement and Mobilization
- The Role of Civil Society, and Public-Private Participation
- Gender and Youth in Improved Water Management
- Module 5 Inducing Change and Transformative Development. November 8 – 16
- From an IUWM Vision to Action
- Understanding the Benefits of an IUWM approach
- Creating an Enabling Environment for Green and Smart Cities
- Communicating the value of IUWM and Peer to Peer Learning
- Managing the Transition
- IUWM Diagnosis and Performance Monitoring
- Effective Leadership by Local, Regional and National Government
- Towards Achieving Sustainable Behavioral Change
- A staged approach to IUWM urban planning
Participants expected dedication and certification
Participants are expected to dedicate a minimum of 4 hours per week to the course. This time dedication should be enough to review compulsory readings and participate in all activities (forums, assignment, multiple choices). Participants who wish to read suggested readings and related videos will require a bit more time.
Participants who submit assignment, answer quizzes and participate along the various forums will receive a certificated granted by the course organisers.
Seneshaw is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering at FGCU. He focuses his research efforts on resilient and smart city strategies. Specifically, integerated urban water management, GIS for sustainable development, climate-land-energy-water (integrated analysis), transitioning from gray to green infrastructure systems, water sensitive urban design, and decentralized and adaptive urban water systems.
Tjaša Griessler Bulc is a specialist for water management and nature based solutions (NBS). She works as a lecturer, researcher, project manager, and as a consultant. Since 1990 she has participated in planning of more than 60 applications of nature based solutions (NBS) e.g. constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment and reuse as well as for other green infrastructure (constructed wetlands, waste stabilisation ponds, multi-functional flood reservoirs, buffer zones, vegetated ditches, river revitalisation, landfill remediations, eco-remediations, algae based technologies). In 2018 she was awarded by the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Health Sciences for exceptional contribution to research work, where she works since 2009. She is a member the scientific committee of the International Water Association (IWA) conferences, a reviewer of many scientific publications, and a member of the Advisory board of International Ecological Engineering Society (IEES).
Francois Brikké is a Development Economist and a Sanitary Engineer, with 25 years’ experience in the Water Sector worldwide, out of which 10 in promoting innovative Urban Water Management Projects. He has been coordinating numerous Workshops, Seminar, Fora and Training Sessions on the issue of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM), and is now GWP’s focal point on Urban Water Security. He has hands-on experience in supporting the design of Urban Water Management in complex environments such as Kinshasa in DRC, as well as in emerging environments with smaller cities such as Marondera in Zimbabwe. Before GWP, Francois Brikké has occupied several senior positions with: UNICEF in Indonesia as Chief WASH, the World Bank as Senior Regional Team Leader of the Water and Sanitation for Latin America, and IRC, International Water and Sanitation Centre based in The Hague, as Senior Program Officer.
Konstantina Toli holds a BSc in Chemistry and MSc in Environmental Chemistry & Technology. With a diverse experience in various managerial positions, Ms. Toli joined in 2009, as Senior Programme Officer, the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) Secretariat (www.gwpmed.org), one of the 13 regional organisations of the Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO) Global Water Partnership. She has since then been leading and is the focal point within GWP-Med to two agendas in the Mediterranean: (i) Non Conventional Water Resources and Integrated Urban Water Management, and (ii) Water Security-Migration-Employment. She has hands-on experience, having implemented more than 110 small and medium scale water infrastructure projects in 38 Mediterranean islands in 4 European countries (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta), where water scarcity, climate variability and energy challenges jeopardise their sustainable development. She also advises local and national governments on water management issues and is a member of the Greening the Islands Awards Committee.
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.
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.
Global Water Partnership www.gwp.org
GWP’s VISION is a water secure world. Our MISSION is to advance governance and management of water resources for sustainable and equitable development. Our VALUE PROPOSITION: We’re a large, diverse, inclusive, multi-stakeholder partnership that supports communities and countries to improve the way they manage water. Put simply, we’re about bringing water users together (that’s everyone) to solve water problems.
U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) www.fgcu.edu/eng
U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering at Florida Gulf Coast University fosters and provides world-class programs in select engineering disciplines and is committed to quality engineering education. The College is committed to achieve sustainable development, both locally and globally, by fostering social, economic and environmental sustainability. The college accomplishes this through teaching, research and community outreach, as well as by generating practical knowledge and developing innovative technologies, skills and policies.
Water Integrity Network (WIN) www.waterintegritynetwork.net
The Water Integrity Network (WIN) is a network of organizations and individuals promoting water integrity to reduce corruption and improve water sector performance worldwide. WIN works to raise awareness on the impact of corruption -especially on the poor and disenfranchised- assesses integrity risk and promotes practical responses. The network’s vision is a world with equitable and sustained access to water and a clean environment, which is no longer threatened by corruption, greed, dishonesty and wilful malpractice.
The course is open to a maximum of 80 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 urban and sustainable water management, Integrated Water Resources Management, water governance, amongst others;
As an introductory course, participants are not expected to have previous knowledge on Integrated Urban Water Management.
Interested participants must complete the online registration form, before Friday, September 14th, 2018. In addition to contact information, the online form requires participants to provide the following information:
Required: A short profile: describing educational and professional background; experience in water resources management, capacity development or decision making on water; participation in networks and/or alliances; any other relevant information related to the course subject.
Required: Motivation and commitment text: 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 of how you will apply and share the acquired contents in your field of work and with your colleagues.
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.Apply for Course
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October 1, 2018 - November 16, 2018