The NeWater Project Announces
Teaching Adaptive Water Management
A Training Course for Instructors

12-14 May 2009
UN Campus, Bonn, Germany

Hosted by the UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security

Given the unprecedented global changes where 'business-as-usual' is no longer an option in water management, teaching water management can also no longer be 'business-as-usual'. While today's water managers are being provided with guidance on how to respond adaptively to increasing risks of droughts and flooding, changes in university curricula need to be made in order to equip the next generation of water managers.


The final training course of the NeWater project  'Teaching Adaptive Water Management' took place in mid-May in Bonn   The two-day course was hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, and organised by the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, University of Osnabrueck, and was the last public event of the 4-year EU sponsored project - New Approaches to Adaptive Management under Uncertainty. The course brought together 17 participants - primarily current and future instructors in higher education - representing 10 different nationalities - to improve their understanding of the concept and practice of Adaptive Water Management in the context of Integrated Water Resources Management, and to familiarize them with material provided in the NeWater online curriculum on Adaptive Water Management, so that they can then use this to develop their own teaching programmes or adapt existing courses at their home institutes. Through the training of instructors, we hope to see a multiplier effect in the awareness and understanding of adaptive water management concepts and methods.

The following documents can be downloaded from this page

Course advertisement
Presentation: Introduction to Adaptive Water Management - Prof. C. Pahl-Wostl
What are Cognitive Mapping and Group Model Building?
Guidelines for undertaking a Group Model-Building Exercise.
Caroline van Bers, cvbers[at]

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Brochure on Training AWM Course
38 kb Ilke Borowski2009-04-17 09:50:11
Agenda Teaching AWM
13 kb Caroline Van Bers2009-05-11 10:45:40
Presentation: Intro to Adaptive Water Management, Claudia Pahl-Wostl
792 kb Caroline Van Bers2009-05-18 11:57:36
Guidelines for Group Model-Building Exercises
496 kb Caroline Van Bers2009-05-18 12:03:03
Cognituve Mapping and Group Model Building Explained
35 kb Caroline Van Bers2009-05-18 12:38:10