Water Resources Management

You will study the ways in which water availability and use are matched, and seek to develop alternative land use and water allocation policies, including legal and institutional arrangements from the local watershed to the basin scale and beyond.     

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Delft based, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands18 months, starts in October

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2014

For whom?

This specialization is designed for engineers and managers responsible for planning, developing and implementing water resources projects and programmes. Experience has shown that students need to have an understanding of quantitative methods, such as statistical analysis, in order to successfully complete this specialization.

Degree

The degree students receive from UNESCO-IHE is the MSc degree in Water Management with a specialization in Water Resources Management.

Dates

Start: 16 October 2014
Submission deadline: 01 August 2014

Learning objectives

After completing this specialization, graduates will be able to:

  • Describe and predict for a given water resources system the main hydrological, hydraulic, chemical and biological processes and how these processes are dynamically linked with aquatic ecosystems as well as with human activities such as land and water use and pollution;
  • Describe and explain the main concepts and instruments for analysing and influencing formal and informal arrangements for water quality management, including policies, laws and institutions, and by adopting a historical perspective;
  • Explain the key concepts for integrated, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses of aquatic ecosystems and describe the challenges of such approaches;
  • Describe concepts to determine the value of water for various uses and users in (amongst others) economic and ecological terms and explain how these concepts can be used in water resources planning at various spatial and temporal scales.

Structure & contents

This specialization consists of 14 modules covering a total of 12 months, this is followed by a 6-month research and thesis phase. Graduates of the programme will be awarded 106 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits.

  • October - September

    UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands
    • Principles of Integrated Water Resources Management Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Summarize the latest insights, context and concepts in integrated water management that are under debate in international and regional forums.
      2. Explain the main arguments for an integrated approach in the field of water management.
      3. Describe the major natural functions and human uses of river systems.
      4. Summarize the basics of GIS and Remote Sensing, and apply the techniques for typical applications in water management.
      5. Explain what science is and what scientific research entails including distinguishing the main methodological approaches.
    • The Water Resources System Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Describe how the physical water resources system works, and illustrate the interaction between quantity and quality (chemical, biological, ecological), between surface water, soil water and groundwater, between stocks and fluxes. Explain major natural functions and human use of water resources systems focusing on river systems including groundwater, wetlands, lakes/reservoirs and estuaries.
      2. Identify basic components to characterise the quantitative and qualitative nature of a water resources system and able to analyse the hydrology of a water resources systems.
      3. Discuss the main issues of debate in an integrated water resources system underpinned by description of the biophysical, chemical and hydrological processes and their interactions, natural functions and human use of a water resources system.
    • Water Governance Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Identify and analyse actors and decision making processes related to water governance
      2. Distinguish and explain main discourses and theories on water governance
      3. Identify context, purpose, perspective and arguments of scientific papers on water governance
      4. Compare and contrast different scientific papers, case studies and theories on dynamic and political nature of water governance
    • Water Economics Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Explain the cause of water resource issues and the relevance of economics
      2. Describe the principle of economic method to manage water resources
      3. Identify economic instruments for water resource management
      4. Describe economic approaches to estimating the value of water in different use
      5. Apply economic theory and method to analyze issues of water resource management
    • Water Resources Assessment Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Describe different types of water resources data, generated from ground and RS measurements.
      2. Apply diverse methods of data processing and data validation for water resources assessment.
      3. Quantify the different components of the water resources spectrum (rainfall, river flow, groundwater), an assess availability and access at different scales.
      4. Describe and apply different methods of water quality monitoring and assessment.
      5. Analyse and quantify multiples uses of water for: agriculture, hydropower, domestic, environment and other uses
      6. Apply water accounting techniques as a quick method for assessing water resources, water use, and water productivity in a river basin context.
    • Water Systems Modelling Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Describe the procedure of the modelling protocol.
      2. Name and explain type of models used in different case studies.
      3. Build water resources models that simulate river basin processes.
      4. Clearly present the results of the water system models.
      5. Critically analyse model outcomes.
    • Water Resources Planning Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Distinguish the spatiotemporal scales and river basin development phases in a water resources planning process.
      2. Describe major steps in the participatory and integrated water resources planning process.
      3. Identify and apply planning tools, such as stakeholder integration, methods for environmental impact assessment and decision support systems, while engaging in water resources planning activities.
      4. Develop alternative water management strategies.
      5. Evaluate alternative water management strategies by applying multi-criteria analysis.
      6. Formulate and evaluate integrated water resources plans in a participatory context.
    • Water and Environmental Law Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Describe the fundamentals of national and international water and environmental law and legislation.
      2. Explain and apply accepted and desired legal and institutional arrangements for applying principles of Integrated Water Resources and Environmental Management.
      3. Describe and apply legal instruments for the application of IWRM with the emphasis on functional decentralization, river basin organizations, planning and decision-making through water allocation criteria, systems of water rights, water (effluent) permit systems etc.
      4. Explain and appraise concepts of customary water rights.
      5. Discuss the processes of international water allocation.
      6. Explain the concept of multi-level governance and the relationship between national and international legal and policy systems and to be able to persuasively argue a case for international water conflict resolution.
    • International Fieldwork Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Compare the different water management perspectives and uses in practice in Spain and Portugal. Issues that will be elaborated upon during the fieldwork include Multiple uses for and multiple sources of water; Up and downstream water issues; Institutional framework and implementation of the EU WFD; Public and private water supply; Conventional and alternative waste water treatment and reuse; Large Dams and transboundary river basin issues; Ancient vs modern irrigation and water supply systems; Non conventional water resources: desalination and wastewater reuse; Formal and informal decision making processes.
      2. Formulate a problem statement
      3. Collect and analyse data from field measurements and interviews
      4. Develop a problem analysis
    • IWRM Groupwork Required
      Learning Objectives
      1. Develop a final problem analysis on specific problems of water management in the Andarax Basin.
      2. Design approaches for mitigating the specific problems in the Andarax Basin.
      3. Evaluate the different approaches and argue for a preferred approach to mitigate identified problems.
      4. Integrate different approaches (targeted at different themes/problems) into an integrated water management plan.
      5. Present and argue for the integrated water management plan.
    • Summer Courses for WM Required

Tuition & fellowships

Information about tuition fees can be found here.

The following fellowships are recommended for prospective students who wish to study Water Resources Management

  • Joint Japan Worldbank Graduate Scholarship Programme (JJ/WBGSP)

    Participants from World Bank member countries can apply for a fellowship from the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme (jj/wbgsp).

    more info: www.worldbank.org

    Tip

    The deadline for applications for the Master Programmes that start in October is March 31 of that same year.

  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

    The Netherlands Fellowship Programme is intended to deepen and broaden the knowledge and professional skills of mid-career professionals to enable them to make a better contribution to the development of their organizations and their countries. Prospective participants can apply for the NFP fellowship via SOL (Student Online) of Nuffic. Candidates should be working in a developing country (for the list of NFP countries visit www.studyinholland.nl) in a development-related position, and be nominated by their employer, who pledges to continue payment of their salary and hold their job for them while they are studying in the Netherlands. 

    more info: www.studyinholland.nl

    Tip

    Use the Nuffic Grantfinder to find a suitable fellowship
     

  • Rotary Scholarship for Water and Sanitation Professionals

    Rotary and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are working together to tackle the world’s water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, The Rotary Foundation will award 8 scholarships annually for graduate students working or living near a Rotary club and provisionally admitted to one of the following MSc programmes (joint programmes are not eligible):

    • MSc in Urban Water and Sanitation
    • MSc in Water Management
    • MSc in Water Science and Engineering

    more info: http://www.unesco-ihe.org/Rotary-Scholarships-for-Water-and-Sanitation-Professionals

  • Stuned Scholarship Programme

    The stuned Scholarship Programme is open for professionals from all over Indonesia who have completed a Bachelor study, in particular educators, government officials, ngo officials and journalists. Stuned aims at a balanced gender representation (minimum 50% women) and gives preference to candidates from less developed areas in Indonesia.

    more info: www.nesoindonesia.or.id

    Tip

    The deadline for applications for a Stuned Scholarship is April 1 for the Masters Programmes that start in October of the same year.

  • WMO Fellowships

    WMO is partnering with UNESCO-IHE to jointly support two to three fellowships a year from developing and least developed countries to undertake an MSc in one of the agreed UNESCO-IHE programmes.

    To be considered for a fellowshipfor the academic year 2014-2016 under WMO / UNESCO-IHE joint funding applicants must:
    a) have unconditional admission to one of the following UNESCO-IHE programmes: Hydrology and Water Resources; Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development; Hydraulic Engineering - Land and Water Development; Water Resources Management; Hydroinformatics - Modelling and Information Systems for Water Management; Water Quality Management; or, Hydraulic Engineering - Coastal and Port Development. Unconditional admission implies UNESCO-IHE have agreed to both your academic and language suitability.
    b) complete and submit a WMO Fellowship Nomination Form (FNF) to WMO by 1 March 2014. The FNF MUST be submitted through, and approved by, the Permanent Representative (PR) of your country with WMO, click here for the contact details of the PR of your country. Please note that the PR may give preference to personnel from the National Meteorological Service or National Hydrological Service of their country. The WMO Fellowship Nomination Forms (FNF) are available here.
    c) be medically fit (see WMO FNF for details).

    For WMO to consider the fellowship nomination all of the above conditions must be met. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified through the PR of their country by the end of July 2014. For further information email: detr@wmo.int.

    more info: www.wmo.int

Application & Admission

Application procedure

For admission to the programme please complete the online application form available at the top of this page.

Documents

Collect the documents that are needed to apply, and attach them to the online application form:

  • Certified photocopies of your degrees/ diplomas;
  • Certified copy of academic transcripts translated in English (this is a list with subjects that you followed at university, including the marks you obtained);
  • Two reference letters, preferably one from a person that can judge your professional abilities (current employer) and one from a person that can judge your academic abilities;
  • Copy of passport;
  • Passport size photo;
  • Copy of results of English language test score, if required (see the English language requirements).
     

More information

Further questions about the application procedure can be addressed to:

Ms Marlies Baburek
Admission and Fellowship Officer
Email: m.baburek@unesco-ihe.org

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in a field related to the programme you would like to join.
  • In principle, candidates should have some working experience in an environment related to the specialization. At least three years experience is normally preferred.
  • The English language requirements for all of UNESCO-IHE's educational programmes.