Certificate (Online) | W-001

Water Science, Management & Governance

Elevate your expertise in water sustainability and gain a holistic understanding of water resources through interdisciplinary study, practical skill-building, and real-world case studies. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to lead impactful initiatives in water management and governance, and become a sought-after professional in addressing today's critical environmental challenges.

Enroll now to sustain the water regime.

About this course

The Certificate (Online) Course on Water Science, Management & Governance aims to provide participants with comprehensive knowledge and skills in understanding the complexities of water resources, effective management strategies, and governance frameworks. The course is designed to equip learners with the necessary tools to address the challenges facing water sustainability and governance in various contexts. The online short course examines water issues in a trans-boundary and cross-cultural frameworks transcending environmental science, social, economic and legal discourses, and practical implications. With increasing demand for interdisciplinary water professionals in diverse set of organizations, a participant undergoing this short course is sure to have a first mover advantage in the integrated water management arena. The potential participants can come from corporate, think-tanks, NGOs, civil society organizations, research groups, academic institutions, etc.

Key Elements:

  1. Understanding Water Science: Participants will gain a deep understanding of the scientific principles governing water systems, including hydrology, water quality, and ecosystem dynamics. This knowledge will enable them to analyze and assess water resources effectively.
  2. Effective Water Management: The course will equip participants with practical skills and techniques for managing water resources sustainably. This includes learning about water conservation, efficient usage, and integrated water resources management approaches.
  3. Governance Frameworks: Participants will explore the diverse governance structures and policies related to water management at local, regional, and international levels. They will understand the roles of stakeholders, legal frameworks, and policy instruments in shaping water governance.
  4. Case Studies and Best Practices: Through case studies and real-world examples, participants will learn about successful water management initiatives and best practices from around the globe. This will enable them to apply lessons learned to their own contexts.
  5. Interdisciplinary Perspective: The course takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on insights from fields such as environmental science, engineering, economics, and policy studies. This holistic perspective will enable participants to address water challenges from multiple angles.
  6. Practical Application: Throughout the course, participants will engage in practical exercises, discussions, and projects to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world scenarios. This hands-on approach will enhance their problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.

By the end of the Certificate Course on Water Science, Management & Governance, participants will be equipped with the expertise and tools to contribute effectively to sustainable water management efforts, whether in government, academia, non-profit organizations, or the private sector. The syllabus of the course thrusts more on irrigation water and watershed management.

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Course highlights | Batch 1

  • Subject: Water Management
  • Type: Certificate
  • Mode: Online
  • Duration: 3 week lessons
  • Starting date: 7 October 2024
  • Ending date: 27 October 2024
  • Accreditation: European Educational Standard Body
  • Instructor(s): 3 Professors + 6 Field practitioners
  • Registration date: Early applications preferred; registration closes on 30 September
  • Language: English
  • Course Fee: Free
  • Certificate Cost: Euro 27

What will be learned?

Participants in the Certificate (Online) Course on Water Science, Management & Governance will gain a multifaceted understanding of the complexities surrounding water resources. Through comprehensive study, they will delve into the dynamics of the water cycle, including groundwater and surface water interactions, while also learning to assess the availability and usage patterns of freshwater resources, crucial for addressing issues of scarcity. In-depth exploration of water chemistry, biology, and ecology will provide insights into the intricate relationship between water quality and ecosystem health. Participants will also develop expertise in groundwater hydrology and irrigation technologies, enabling them to optimize water use efficiently. Additionally, the course equips learners with essential skills in watershed management, wetland conservation, and river basin management, emphasizing integrated approaches to address hydrological challenges. Moreover, participants will delve into the realm of water governance and policies, understanding the principles governing water governance, analyzing legal frameworks and policies, and exploring real-world case studies on policy implementation and transboundary water conflicts. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on practical application, enabling participants to emerge as adept professionals capable of contributing meaningfully to sustainable water management initiatives.

Key Course Highlights:

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Course Outline | 3 Weeks

This part of the curriculum will take place through the interactive online platform. As soon as the student/participant registers the course, the information will automatically be sent through registered email. Detailed structure, lessons, reading materials, assignments, discussions forum and Q&A sessions will be available on the online platform.

Course Structure

Module 1: Water Science, Principles and Technologies [Duration: 1 week]

  • Water Cycle, Groundwater Water, Surface Water
  • Freshwater Resources: Availability, Water Use, Scarcity
  • Water Chemistry: Nutrients, Pollution
  • Water Biology & Ecology
  • Groundwater Hydrology
  • Irrigation Water and Technologies (e.g., Irrigation Methods, Water Optimization, Water Use Efficiency; Precision Irrigation)

Module 2: Water Management: Watersheds, Wetlands, Rivers Basins [Duration: 1 week]

  • Principles of Water Management: Integrated Water Resources Management (IRWM), Water Resource Economics, Water Budgeting, Water Resource Modelling: simulation and optimization model, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Surface Water and Groundwater Storage Management
  • Watershed Planning in Hilly Terrain: Survey, Planning
  • Watershed Development in Hilly Terrain: Plan Execution, Water Harvesting
  • Wetland Management: Wetland Ecology, Wetland Mapping, Wetland Management Planning, Wetland Conservation
  • River Basin Management: Hillslope Hydrology, Hillslope and River Sediment Flux, Peatland Processes, River Hydraulics, Shallow Groundwater, Natural Flood Management, Waterlogging, Glacial Landforms, Outburst Floods, Integrated River Basin Management (IRBM)
  • Drought Mitigation and Water Conservation

Module 3: Water Governance and Policies [Duration: 1 week]

  • What is water governance? Principles on Water Governance
  • Water Governance Indicator Framework
  • Water Law and Policy
  • Water Policy Implementation Case Studies
  • Transboundary Water Conflicts and Treaties
  • Water Privatization and Issues

Eligibility to attend this course

  • Degree or Diploma s
  • Prior knowledge of water science not necessary, but an advantage
  • Basic English is required to understand the contents and write assignments etc.
  • Field practitioners engaged in managing water resources need not to have a formal technical education as long as they understand and write English.

Outcome of the Course

Outcome of the Certificate (Online) Course on Water Science, Management & Governance:

  1. Comprehensive Understanding: Participants will acquire a comprehensive understanding of water science, management, and governance principles, enabling them to navigate the complexities of water resource management effectively.
  2. Practical Skills: Participants of the course will possess practical skills in assessing water resources, analyzing water quality, and implementing efficient water management strategies, including irrigation optimization and watershed planning.
  3. Interdisciplinary Knowledge: With an interdisciplinary approach, participants will integrate insights from fields such as hydrology, ecology, economics, and policy studies, equipping them to address water challenges from multiple perspectives.
  4. Problem-Solving Abilities: The course emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills, empowering participants to develop innovative solutions to complex water management issues, such as drought mitigation and flood control.
  5. Policy Understanding: Participants will gain insight into water governance frameworks, including legal and policy considerations, enabling them to navigate regulatory landscapes and contribute to policy development and implementation.
  6. Global Perspective: Through case studies and examples from around the world, participants will develop a global perspective on water management challenges and solutions, preparing them to engage in international water governance efforts.
  7. Professional Development: Graduates will emerge as skilled professionals ready to contribute to sustainable water management initiatives in various sectors, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, research institutions, and private companies.

Overall, the outcome of the course is to produce knowledgeable and skilled professionals equipped to address the complex and pressing challenges of water sustainability, management, and governance in diverse contexts.

Certification & Accreditation

  • Those who will complete the 3 weeks course and fulfill course requirements will receive Certificate (Online). The Certificate will be jointly issued by the Partner Institutions.

The Grassroots Institute is accredited by CPD of UK, and this Online Certificate course is to be accredited by the European Educational Standards Body.


Course Director: Dr. Hasrat Arjjumend

Academic Instructor - Module 1: Prof. Dr. Ievgenii Gerasimov

Academic Instructor - Module 2: Dr. Hamidreza Solaymani

Academic Instructor - Module 3: Dr. Marirajan Thiruppathi

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