The UNU Institute for Water, Environment and Health, in partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, has developed a distance-learning programme in Integrated Water Resources Management supported by the Water Virtual Learning Centre (WVLC).
This initiative promotes sustainable water management through a core curriculum on Integrated Water Resources Management that offers opportunities for continuing education and skills upgrading. This training and capacity-development programme is administered and executed via a regional network of training institutions and universities, supported by a core website, which collectively serve as a “virtual” learning centre.
The goal is to enhance national capacities for the development and implementation of sustainable water strategies in developing countries, at local, regional, sub-regional and basin scales. It is directed to practicing professionals in the water sector wishing to upgrade their knowledge of modern water management concepts and practices.
The curriculum offers broad-based coverage of the principles and practices of Integrated Water Resources Management, providing the students with core knowledge in the natural sciences, engineering, health, governance, public administration, social sciences, economics, resource conservation, strategic planning, as well as aspects of program and project management.