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Course Delivery:

This is the latest course in our series of ‘ Commons Management & Governance’ series of on-line short courses, launched in 2015, focusing on different aspects of commons: their management, governance and sustainability.

‘Source to sea – the governance of water’ focuses on the management, governance and sustainability of surface and ground waters. Water is a resource essential to life but in many parts of the world access and use are becoming more restrictive through appropriation of water rights. Surface and ground waters provide a wide range of ecosystem services including provision of drinking water, food, irrigation, navigation, energy, recreation, and biodiversity. Water users are often in conflict, and as populations increase, so do the pressures for both state control and privatization throughout the stages of the hydrological cycle.

This course will examine the role water plays in society in its journey from the source of rivers to the sea. The aim is to increase understanding of a range of problems currently experienced along the way, including pollution, flood, drought, and water shortage. It will then examine different legal regimes controlling access, use, and water rights. Ostrom’s institutional analysis and development framework will be applied to the notion of integrated watershed management as a means of exploring the potential to improve water governance.

Participants who complete the course will improve their understanding of a range of water management regimes in different parts of the world. Through exploration of water as a commons or shared resource, participants will gain an increased awareness of the potential for alternative forms of management and governance.

Who will benefit from taking this course?

The course is targeted at those wanting to learn more about the management and governance of water as a common pool resource. It will be of interest to practitioners involved in supporting community water management and development, policy makers involved in designing programmes or initiatives for water management, as well as a wide range of those involved in, or wanting to learn about, the basics of taking action to protect water rights.

The on-line short courses are sponsored by the IASC and have been made possible by a development grant from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The course will be delivered by the Countryside and Community Research Institute at the University of Gloucestershire (UK), under the auspices of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC).

It will be delivered through a distance learning approach over a six-week period.

Registration will enable you to access a Moodle site which holds all the course materials (e.g. readings, video and audio pods, exercises) and provides space for on-line discussion. There are no special IT requirements in order to be able to access the materials. The course provides a structured approach that takes participants through the materials with regular on-line discussion support.

The date of the next course will be advised.

For further information, please email or telephone +44 1242 714122

More information about the Series
See Commons Management & Governance – Short Courses

The development of this course was sponsored by IASC and has been made possible by a development grant from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)