CAS Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiations 2022

In 2020, and for the ninth year in a row, the Global Risk Report of the World Economic Forum ranked water-related crises among the top five most impactful risks. Policy-makers need innovative skills to address the unprecedented challenges in water governance.

Information

Period

4 July 2022 - 15 July 2022
10 ECTS credits
95 Teaching hours
30 Distance teaching hours
To obtain the certificate (CAS), participants need to complete (1) the MOOC in Water Management and Policy (UNIGE online class available on the Coursera platform: https://www.coursera.org/learn/water-management), (2) the four modules of the Summer School, and (3) a final thesis. The Summer School takes place in Geneva. It includes four modules of 2.5 days that can be taken individually or as a package. Ideally, participants should complete the MOOC in Water Management and Policy before the start of the Summer School. Due to the uncertainties surrounding the global COVID situation, the Summer School is subject to cancellation depending on regulations at the time.

Language

English

Format

Blended learning

Contact

Sumit VIJ
+41 (0)22 379 07 69
Sumit.Vij(at)unige.ch

Location

Genève

Registration

Registration deadline

15 June 2022
Modules can be followed individually

Fees:

  • For all modules taken as a package: CHF 3'500.- 
  • Per module taken individually: CHF 1'250.- 

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

Objectives

  • Identify and analyse the new challenges of water resource management at the global scale, considering the whole water cycle
  • Analyse hydropolitics and actors’ strategies and understand trends and functioning of water governance at the global level
  • Provide tools to water professionals to analyse water policy issues and manage the resource in the face of risk and uncertainty
  • Develop work-related skills such as the ability to analyse international legal and institutional frameworks, the related negotiations, and the ability to prevent and regulate water conflicts
  • Develop a community of practice in the field of water governance

Audience

Professional from different backgrounds (Public Administrations, International Organizations, Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations, Private Sector) who aims to develop analytical skills on water governance processes

Learning outcomes

  •  Implement strategies that consider both political and practical issues of water management.
  •  Use tools to analyse and manage water policy issues in a changing environment (political, economic, environmental).
  •  Analyse legal frameworks (and their development) for the management of water resources.
  •  Manage complex situations and implement innovative solutions.
  •  Communicate effectively on policy and strategic issues regarding water resources.
  •  Anticipate inter and intra-sectoral water conflicts and resolve these conflicts with water management tools.

Programme

5 modules:

  • MOOC Water Resources Management and Policy (online module)
  • Module 1: Hydropolitics
  • Module 2: International Water Law at the Intersection of Different Fields of International Law
  • Module 3: Conflict Management Processes
  • Module 4: Data, Water and Cooperation

Director(s)

Prof. Christian BRETHAUT and Dr Fatine EZBAKHE, Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE), University of Geneva

Coordinator(s)

Dr Sumit VIJ, University of Geneva

Partnership

Swiss Confederation: Global Programme Water, Swiss Agency for Development, Geneva Water Hub • UNESCO Chair on Hydropolitics • Collaborations established with other administrations, companies, and universities • Unparalleled competencies from International Geneva in the field of water and conflict prevention are mobilised within this training programme
The management of water resources faces environmental, climatic, political, and economic challenges. In this changing environment, innovative policies should be designed to foster collaborations between States, civil society, and the private sector. To this end, practitioners and decision-makers need to develop new analytical skills.

The Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva launches another edition of the certifying Summer School in “Water Governance: Framework and Negotiations”. This two-week training aims to deliver skills and knowledge based on the latest scientific research applicable in professional contexts. Participants will learn how to use water governance tools to address complex political situations, be resilient when a crisis strikes, and innovate in the face of risk and uncertainty.

In addition to the Summer School, a MOOC in Water Management and Policy is offered to the participants (available on the Coursera platform). To obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS), participants are required to complete (1) the MOOC (ideally before the Summer School), (2) the Summer School, and (3) a final thesis.

Speakers

Prof. Christian Bréthaut and Prof. Géraldine Pflieger

Description

  • Water as a common pool resource
  • Rules of the resource: uses and circumvention
  • Integrated resource management and the nexus
  • Integrated watershed management
  • Water as a source of conflict and cooperation

Planning

Online, available at the Coursera platform: https://www.coursera.org/learn/water-management

Location

Geneva

Speakers

Prof. Christian Bréthaut and Dr Fatine Ezbakhe

Description

  • Frameworks for understanding and analysing hydropolitics
  • Different perspectives on hydropolitics
  • Hydropolitical dynamics around transboundary waters

Location

Geneva

Speakers

Dr Mara Tignino

Description

  • Sources and principles of international water law
  • Linkages between international water law and other areas of international law
  • Legal tool to solve water-related disputes

Location

Geneva

Speakers

Ms Léna Salamé

Description

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) techniques
  • Focus on the negotiation process
  • Skills for a successful negotiation

Location

Geneva

Speakers

Ms Rozemarijn ter Horst

Description

  • Role of data and models in water cooperation
  • Different actors involved in data collection and sharing
  • Interplay between information and (emerging) technologies, knowledge, and power

Assessment

Modules are evaluated by the module coordinators. Evaluations consist of written or oral tests. The portfolio thesis should be delivered on time.

Pedagogical method

Our teaching philosophy is to encourage interactions between the practice and results from scientific research. Trainers and participants will be invited to share their expertise and their professional experiences. Our teaching methods involve:

  • A strong involvement of participants who are invited to share their ideas and professional experiences.
  • A combination of academic knowledge and field expertise, based on the most recent research and concrete examples in the water and policy domain.
  • The development of skills transferable to a variety of professional environments.
  • A multidisciplinary perspective of international water governance.

Diploma awarded

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiations/ Le certificat de formation continue en Gouvernance de l'eau: structures et négociations is awarded, subject to the assessment criteria being met for each module, by the Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva. It equates to 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) for 95 hours of on-site training.

Admission criteria

  • Hold a university master's degree, a university bachelor's degree, a bachelor's or master's degree from a university of applied sciences or a degree deemed equivalent;
  • Have at least 2 years of professional experience related to the Certificate program;
  • Demonstrate their motivation to follow the Certificate program by describing how it links to their professional practice; and
  • Have a good command of oral and written English, enabling them to follow the CAS courses, read scientific documents, and communicate within the framework of the training activities.

Steering committee

  • Prof. Christian BRETHAUT (director), University of Geneva, Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE)
  • Dr. Fatine EZBAKHE (co-director), University of Geneva, Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE)

Scientific committee

  • Prof. Géraldine PFIELGER, University of Geneva, Institute of Environmental Sciences (ISE)
  • Prof. Laurence BOISSON DE CHAZOURNES, University of Geneva, Faculty of Law
  • Ms. Dimka STANTCHEV SKEIE, Project Manager, Global Programme Water of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
  • Dr. James DALTON, Director, Global Water Programme of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Mr. Cédric LECAMP, Investment Manager, Pictet Water Strategy at the Pictet Asset Management

Number of participants

15-20 participants

Detailed fees

  • CHF 3'500 – for all modules taken as a package
  • CHF 1'250 – per module taken individually

Schedule

Monday - Friday: 8:15 am - 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Collaboration

Swiss Confederation: Global Programme Water, Swiss Agency for Development; Geneva Water Hub; UNESCO Chair on Hydropolitics; Collaborations established with other administrations, companies, and universities; Unparalleled competencies from International Geneva in the field of water and conflict prevention are mobilised within this training programme

Remarks

Priority will be given to participants who wish to follow the programme as a whole. Application for one or several specific modules is possible.

University faculty members, researchers, water experts at the international level

The summer school was a very fruitful experience, a unique opportunity to meet water specialists and to get theoretical knowledge and practical training. I had the chance to meet practitioners in water management and hydro-diplomacy from different places and cultures. Ziad Tak, PhD., Lebanon 

I appreciated a lot to attend the course in international water governance. It gave me the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge taught through innovative teaching methods. Moreover, it was a wonderful opportunity to exchange with professionals from different countries and to get immerged for two weeks in an international environment. Virginie Entringer, administrative officer, CNRS, France   

Contribution to the SDGs

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development

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