The Negotiation and Mediation for Water Conflict Management I short course is initiated, developed and jointly offered with UNESCO-IHP-WWAP's programme ‘From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential (PCCP)’ and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The course introduces the basic concepts of water cooperation, conflict prevention and mitigation and provides in-depth skills training. Furthermore, contemporary issues related to transboundary water conflict will be discussed with invited speakers in the field of water governance and conflict resolution.
Upon completion of the course, the participants will:
- have a good understanding about the potential for conflict and for cooperation when sharing water resources;
- be able to design and facilitate inclusive consultation, negotiation and decision-making processes between various water users, water managers, politicians and other decision makers.
This short course is designed for current and future water managers, decision-makers and others involved in Integrated Water Resources Management. Participants need to have a bachelor degree in a relevant subject (i.e. economics, social sciences, law, engineering, biology) and preferably several years of relevant working experience.
This short course will introduce the basic concepts of negotiation processes, determinants of conflict behavior, conflict situations and handling modes as well as methods of effective negotiation; assessments of personal negotiating styles; it will also emphasize the importance of communication. The role of the negotiator and the qualities and responsibilities of a good negotiator will be highlighted.
The short course will include the following components:
- Introduction to Negotiation Processes.
- Cases of Water Negotiations.
- Internal and External Negotiations on Water Management.
- Multilateral Interstate Negotiations on Disasters.
- Roles of Culture and Power.
- Implementation of Agreements.
- Case studies of major water and environmental disputes.
- Simulation of a local and/or regional conflict.
The course provides a good mix of theory and practice, with sufficient attention on skills training. Lectures are combined with exercises and simulation games.
UNESCO-IHP-WWAP PCCP: Ms. Léna Salamé
UNESCO-IHE: Prof. Pieter van der Zaag
Compass and UNESCO-PCCP: Prof. Jon Martin Trondalen
It is possible to take part in the examination of this short course. If you obtain a passing mark for this examination and return to UNESCO-IHE within four years after completion of the short course to follow a full MSc programme, you will receive exemption for this short course/module. The costs for this exam are €250 extra and should be borne by yourself. Taking part in the examination is not compulsory.
- UNESCO-IHP-WWAP PCCP
- Clingendael Institute