Online Course on Sustainable Hydro-Governance
The purpose of this course will first be to raise awareness on the current state of freshwater resources worldwide and the need for adequate diplomatic solutions to stimulate cooperation around the way the resource is managed. It will provide knowledge resources, circumstantial experiences, and a cadre of tools to water-relevant stakeholders so as to enhance their ability to assess, prevent, and respond to the tensions arising from situations of water scarcity and mismanagement worldwide. This approach will be relevant to the great water stressors of our time and will serve to promote both short and longer term cooperation through shared benefits, inclusive multi-stakeholder agreements, and sustainable transboundary institution building.
At the end of the course, participants should be able to:
- Describe major contemporary stressors influencing freshwater availability and their impact on achieving national security goals;
- Identify water's potential for conflict and identify some of the world’s main water "hotspots";
- Recognize water’s cooperation potential and the benefits to be drawn from collaborative transboundary water management between state actors;
- Analyze how diplomatic methods based on dialogue may be used to encourage mutually-beneficial problem-to-solution processes;
- Define the importance and structure of transnational water management institutions in their role to consolidate and sustain the benefits of cooperation around water.