Water Resource Management

Program Description

Renewable water resources at both the global and local levels will undergo marked changes in our lifetime.  Population growth in urban centres, climate change and an increasingly dependent energy infrastructure on water creates a dynamic and challenging context for ensuring adequate financing and responsible development for use of water. 

The Certificate Program in Water Resource Management aims to increase participants’ water IQ, as well as provide a coherent basis for learning about current and emerging water issues at the global, regional and local scale. 

Traditionally, environmental concerns such as energy, impacts on human health and carbon foot prints were treated separately.  This separation is usually reflected in management structures in municipalities and other agencies responsible for these areas.  Increasingly, resource managers are identifying the connections between these elements for a more holistic environmental management paradigm.  In this Certificate, linkages will also be established between the management of these concerns, social goals (such as human health) and information management.

The introductory course, Water Resource Management (WRM 400) will focus on institutional and economic aspects of water in the context of climate change and expected water scarcity.  Specifically, the core course will present a critical overview of the value placed on water – both explicit and implicit – in today’s societies. The course will examine the reasons for this situation and assess the means available to improve performance through a series of modules on water and food production, health, energy, cities and transboundary issues.  In addition students will examine special topics and case studies such as the water challenges in large metropolitan cities (Mexico, Beijing, Bangkok), regional water challenges (Israel-Jordan-Palestine), innovative initiatives (e.g. demand-side management, water soft policies, the role of private-public finance in water infrastructure).

Other courses in this certificate program complement the focus on the significant role that water development and responsible use play in energy, cities etc. as well as useful techniques (e.g. GIS) for further research and learning.

The Certificate Program is comprised of four courses:

Three compulsory courses:



And one of the following courses:




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