06.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Water Management Curricula Launched during Workshop with UNESCO Water Family and Partners in Malaysia, 27-28 Nov 2017

The Ceremonial Launching of Water Management Curriculum using Ecohydrology and IWRM and Customizing IWRM at the River Basin Level. From L-R: Dr Ly Sarann (Cambodia), Ms Zulmira Ximenes da Costa (Timor Leste), Dr Norlida Mohn Dom (HTCKL), Prof Dr Mohd Roseli Zainal Abidin (former director of HTCKL Malaysia), Prof Dr Shahbaz Khan (UNESCO Office Jakarta), Ir Rohani Ahmad (HTCKL), Dr O.O.Yaya (RC-IRBM), Dr Ignasius Sutapa (APCE), Ms Maria Yustiningsih (Indonesia), Dr Hans D. Thulstrup (UNESCO Office Jakarta)

The publications “Water Management Curricula using Ecohydrology and Integrated Water Resources Management” (in three volumes) and “Customising IWRM at the River Basin Level”, both published by HTCKL under the coordination of UNESCO Office Jakarta, were launched during “Pathway towards Improved Water Education” workshop in Penang Malaysia, 27-28 November 2017. The publications were officially handed over to representatives of Least Developed Countries (Cambodia, Timor Leste), Indonesia, and UNESCO Category 2 Centres.

The Water Management Curricula publications are targeted for subprofessional and professional (including engineers, landscape architects), local authorities, lecturers and students in higher institute of education. The curricula provides the necessary scientific information for understanding ecohydrology approaches to enable the holistic understanding of the issues and strategies required, through a total of thirteen topics across 3 volumes:

  • Volume 1: 1) Freshwater ecosystem, river ecosystem, lake ecosystem; and 2) Understanding lake environmental management and expert System Monitoring
  • Volume 2: 3) Highland Drainage, Debris and Mud Flow, Sediment Erosion and Landslide Control; 4) Erosion and its effect; 5) Phytoremediation technique in river water quality improvement; 6) Stormwater management ecoydrology;
  • Volume 3: 7) Introduction to water security, IWRM and ecohydrology; 8) Hydraulic principles governing flow and river regulation; 9) Stream stability, riverbank erosion, failure and approaches to riverbank protection; 10) Flood control, flow routing and channelization; 11) Morphometric analysis of river system; 12) Sensitivity of Flood Hydrographs to Different Rainfall Distributions Profile Based on a Case Study; 13) Introduction to Education for Sustainable Development


In addition, IWRM practices in Malaysia were also presented in order to improve watershed management from various angles – through technical, management and policy coordination and integration processes.

The Water Management Curricula publications were the result of a consultative process involving a consortium of Malaysian universities since 2016. The contents were informed by the previous workshop Comparative Studies of Applying Ecohydrology and IWRM for Upscaling Water Security in Asia and Africa held from 7-9 March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by HTCKL.

The Customising IWRM at the River Basin Level are targeted for water professionals and stakeholders and provide the different river basin case studies – Davao city (Philippines), Medan city (Indonesia), Turkey, Nigeria, and Sudan, in identifying local knowledge and practices based on evidence to make IWRM interventions relevant to special needs of a locality in a particular river basin.

All publications were supported by the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust.




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