Courses

PCCP has developed various courses on conflict prevention and cooperation in the management of transboundary water resources. Course materials have been adapted to various target audiences and settings. Their aim is to contribute to water security and peace, through water diplomacy.

Global Courses

– POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES ON WATER CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

A unique opportunity to study conflict management in Dundee and Delft has been created by two new and related master programmes that are offered under the aegis of PCCP:

  • MSc in Water Management – specialization Water Conflict Management
  • LLM in Water Governance and Conflict Resolution

The Masters programmes provide participants with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the theoretical background of the scientific, legal and institutional aspects of water management, and gives them a range of methods, techniques and tools to apply the acquired knowledge.  Studies are taught to critically assess the different functions of existing water resources systems, and to enhance their ability to design comprehensive water resource policies and strategies.

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– SHORT COURSES ON WATER CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

These courses are part of the MSc in Water Management – specialization Water Conflict Management and the LLM in Water Governance and Conflict Resolution. They can also be taken by external candidates interested in a short training session in water and conflict management.

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– ONLINE WATER CONFLICT MANAGEMENT GRADUATE CERTIFICATE

PCCP and OSU (Oregon State University) Department of Geosciences in the College of Science, with the Water Resources Graduate Program, and in cooperation with Ecampus offer an online certificate in Water Conflict Management.

The online courses are only available in English.

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– COURSE ON NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION TECHNIQUES AT THE COLOGNE UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

PCCP regularly offers a two-day course on negotiation and conflict resolution techniques at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences, ITT - Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics. This course is part of a summer school on Transboundary Water Management organized by the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics, in cooperation with the German Committee for the International Hydrological Programme.

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– COURSE ON NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION TECHNIQUES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ROMA TRE, ITALY

Since 2006 PCCP has given lectures on conflict resolution and water within the Master's programme in "Peace Studies: International Co-operation, Human Rights and Policies of the European Union" at the University of Roma Tre, Italy. Over the years these lectures, which focus on the techniques and processes aimed at preventing, managing and resolving conflicts concerning water resources, have evolved into a 3-day seminar.

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– COURSE FOR MEDIA PROFESSIONALS

PCCP offers training for media professionals who have the responsibility to relay information on water, conflict and cooperation to the public at large. A training for journalists on "How to improve communication and media reporting on water and cooperation?", organized by UNESCO and Internews' Earth Journalism Network, was held from 15-21 March 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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COURSE FOR HIGH-LEVEL DECISION MAKERS

PCCP offers training for high level decision makers and diplomats who have the power and the responsibility to take sound and sustainable decisions related to the management of transboundary water resources. A training for high-level decision makers on “Enhancing Negotiation Skills in the Resolution of National and International Resource Disputes” took place at UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands, from 21-23 October 2008. The course was mainly based on the sourcebook on ‘Enhanced negotiation skills and dispute resolution of international water resources’ written by Jon Martin Trondalen (general training material).

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Regional Courses

Africa

– TRAINING OF TRAINERS FROM AFRICA IN WATER CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

PCCP and the World Water Assessment Program (WWAP) offered a training in "Water Conflict Management" for trainers coming from English-speaking African countries. This training course was held from 20 to 24 September 2010 in the premises of the WWAP Secretariat, at Villa La Colombella in Perugia, Italy. The course was mainly based on the ‘Sharing Water, Sharing Benefits : working towards effective Transboundary Water Resources Management : A Graduate Professional Skills-Building’ workbook compiled and edited by Aaron T. Wolf (general training material).

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– COURSES FOR THE SOUTH AFRICAN DEVELOPING COMMUNITY

A set of region specific training material was developed for the SADC region. Pilot courses took place in November 2002 in Maputo, Mozambique (5-day course) and Cape Town, South Africa (10-day course) respectively. The material is currently used by local and regional universities and training institutes in their training programmes. The course material focuses on Conflict Prevention and Cooperation in International Water Resources. It is addressed to mid-level and high-level professionals.

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Americas

– TRAINING OF TRAINERS FROM LATIN AMERICA

PCCP organized, together with UNESCO’s Montevideo office, a training for trainers from Latin America. It was held from 27 to 30 June 2011 in Dominican Republic.

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– COURSES FOR LATIN AMERICA

A set of region specific training material was developed for Latin America. A 6-day pilot course took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador in January 2006. The material is currently used to organize several courses in various universities across Latin America in coordination with UNESCO Montevideo Office. The course material focuses on Conflict Prevention and Cooperation in International Water Resources. It is addressed to mid-level and high-level professionals.

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Asia

Courses in the Mekong

– COURSES ON TRANSBOUNDARY WATER CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL WATER GOVERNANCE

In order to support its Member States to anticipate and resolve flood issues, differences and disputes in the Lower Mekong Basin, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) started to cooperate with UNESCO-IHE on a dedicated Capacity Building Programme which includes several training workshops covering various aspects of water management that are relevant to flood issues, field visits and exchange study visits. The programme is addressed to, and involves, participants from all the riparian countries of the Lower Mekong Basin: Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
During the first two phases  of this Capacity Building Programme, PCCP organized the training sessions on Transboundary Water Conflict Management and International Water Governance (June 2009 and November 2010) The workshops attracted policy and decision-makers, as well as mid-level professionals and academics from Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The material is being transmitted to regional training specialists who will use it in their own training programmes.

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– COURSE ON TRANSBOUNDARY WATERS DISPUTE PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT

A Regional Training on Transboundary Waters Dispute Prevention and Management, organized in cooperation with USAid, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, was held on 29-30 May 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. It was addressed to staff members of the Mekong River Commission and was mainly based on the PCCP workbook written by Jerome Delli Priscoli, ‘Participation, Consensus Building and Conflict Management Training Course’ (Technical Document in Hydrology, PCCP Series n°22).

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Europe

– COURSES FOR SOUTH EAST EUROPE

A set of region specific training material was developed for South East Europe. A pilot course took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 16 to 21 October 2006. The material is currently used to organize several courses in various universities across the region. It focuses on Conflict Prevention and Cooperation in International Water Resources and is addressed to mid-level and high-level professionals. 

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Middle East

A set of region specific training material was developed for the Middle East. The material is currently being finalized to be used for courses in various universities across the region. It focuses on Conflict Prevention and Cooperation in International Water Resources and is addressed to mid-level and high-level professionals.

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– TRAINING OF TRAINERS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

PCCP organizes training for trainers from the Middle East. A four day training on Negotiation Skills, Relating to Cooperation Building around Water Resources in the Middle East” took place in the premises of the WWAP Secretariat, Perugia, Italy, from 28th to 31st October 2008. The course was mainly based on the sourcebook on ‘Enhanced negotiation skills and dispute resolution of international water resources’ written by Jon Martin Trondalen (general training material).

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– TRAINING FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

A training, which gathered water professionals from the Middle East, was held in Egypt in 2008. The course was based on the training manual ‘Water Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills for The Arab Region’, developed for trainers from the Middle East, and on the initiative of the International Hydrology Program, together with the UNESCO Cairo office and in joint collaboration with the Arab Water Council. This manual aims at increasing the level of knowledge and the awareness of decision makers, water professionals, technicians, lawyers, diplomats, and the public at large, regarding issues relating to water resources, as well as building capacity in the areas of dialogue, communication, trust and team building.

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