74th UNEP/UNESCO/BMU International Short Course on Environmental Management for Developing Countries - Integrated Water Resource Management – Quantity, Quality, and Health (SC74)

Duration: 30 August - 26 September 2018
Call for applications is now  open: 26 February 2018 - 16 April 2018

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Two-thirds of the global population already live in areas affected by water scarcity at least one month per year. About 500 Million people are living in regions, in which water consumption is more than twice the amount of locally available renewable water resources.

As the population increases and lifestyles change, the demand for water will rise significantly during the next decades. A substantial share of that demand comes from agriculture, which today accounts for 70 percent of the world's water abstraction, but also from industry and energy production. The projected increase in demand is also due to accelerated urbanisation and, consequently, the expansion of urban water supply and sanitation systems.

Climate change is likely to exacerbate the gap between water supply and demand. The frequency and intensity of floods and droughts are likely to change, with partially drastic consequences on the socioeconomic conditions and the environment. Declining water quality due to the discharge of contaminated wastewater intensifies water scarcity, endangers human health and burdens ecosystems – and consequentially hampering sustainable economic development. Affordable supply and treatment options are urgently needed.

Currently, more than 80% of wastewater is discharged without treatment. Improved management of wastewater towards a circular economy offers excellent opportunities which need to be exploited to deal with the rising pressure on water resources.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has comprehensive water objectives and goes beyond water and sanitation. The Sustainable Development Goal 6 aims to ensure the "availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all." Subgoal 6.3 aims at improving water quality by 2030 "by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimising the release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”

Achieving Goal 6 is central to the entire agenda. Whether the global community can attain it will be decided in low- and middle-income countries, where the share of water treatment and wastewater treatment is extremely low and the need for low-cost implementation solutions and options for safe water use is particularly high.

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Sustainable Development Goal 6 of the Agenda 2030 (Source: UN)

A focus on “nature-based solutions” is in line with the UN World Water Day 2018 theme “Nature for Water”. Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. There is a huge potential of ‘green’ infrastructure that should be harmonised with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. This approach is also emphasised by the UN World Water Development Report 2018 “Nature-based solutions for water” and on other international events such as Stockholm World Water Week.

Course contents

This course, therefore, constitutes a contribution to capacity building for the protection and sustainable use of the available water resources as outlined in target 6 of the agenda 2030. The course addresses both water quantity and quality issues within integrated water management, covering the scientific background, effective governance and appropriate technologies.

The curriculum comprises lectures, seminars, site visits and excursions, with many opportunities for intersectoral exchange and for expanding professional networks. The training will cover

  • a basic understanding of the water cycle and the climate system,
  • integrated water resources management concepts
  • the strongly interlinked aspects of water quality and quantity, with emphasis on health issues, including for example
    • water reuse and recovery, 
    • pollutants of emerging concern, 
    • nature-inspired approaches for improving water quality
    • ecohydrology approaches to water management
  • water governance and monitoring frameworks, with innovative approaches to water quality monitoring
  • groundwater management, including managed aquifer recharge
  • urban water (water infrastructure, water purification and distribution, wastewater treatment), 
  • water for agriculture

Participants will be asked to prepare post-training action plans to facilitate the transfer of newly acquired knowledge and skills. Throughout the training, intercultural understanding will be promoted.

After successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Nature-Based Water Resource Management - Quantity, Quality and Health.


Participants are expected to adapt concepts for an integrated water resource management. After the completion of this course, they should be able to actively contribute to the sustainable use of water resources in their respective countries with special consideration of health issues.

Target Groups

This course is designed to meet the professional demand of experts preparing and implementing policy decisions as well as decision makers working in environmental protection with a specific focus on safeguarding water resources. A corresponding professional background (e.g. geology, geography, hydrology, meteorology, hydro-engineering, planning, water management) is essential. The nomination by the delegating institution is a mandatory prerequisite.
All CIPSEM courses are open to nationals of developing countries, including emerging economies. The primary target group are professionals working in public administrations responsible for tasks in environmental protection, planning, management and economic development in ministries, agencies as well as municipalities. As professional exchange among participants is an essential part of the training, we require a minimum qualification of a first university degree and at least two years of hands-on experience in environmental protection. The preferable age of participants is between 25 and 45 years. Applicants also need to prove a good command of the English language.


Our International Steering Committee selects the 21 participants of this course by June 2018. Participants stay in our comfortable private studio apartments and receive a stipend to cover basic living expenses. Flights, health insurance etc. will be provided. Our course office provides further manifold assistance. Participants successfully completing this course will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Integrated Water Resource Management - Quantity, Quality and Health

Our info leaflet with the 2018/2019 course program is available for downloading.

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Letzte Änderung: 19.03.2018