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Water Security for Policymakers and Practitioners: short course 2012

The course will provide policy-makers with comprehensive background knowledge relevant to the increasingly important policy challenge of ‘water security’. The course will explore how the multiple levels of water security – human, community, state, international and global – require broad but considered policy inputs. Emphasis will be placed on the inter-dependencies of different sectors (climate security, food security, energy security) that interact within a ‘web’ of water security. The implications for national security and human security will be interpreted through an appreciation that water security for some can mean water insecurity for others. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of shifting global climate and trade patterns. Participants can expect to leave the course with an ability to critically assess and address current water security policy, to gain an appreciation of the relations between water security and energy, climate, food, human or national security, and to have extended their networks and resource base. A certificate of completion will be issued by the School of International Development, University of East Anglia.

Course contents

The teaching will incorporate both natural and social sciences as a matter of routine. Cutting-edge practitioner and academic professionals will be used to deliver the 10 main topics. There will be lecture sessions focusing on theory and concepts, as well as applied sessions where participants will be able to discuss and compare their experiences. Examples from Middle East, Africa and South Asia, and from the participants’ own areas of interest will be used throughout. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Water security basics 
  • Water resources security and water scarcity
  • Climate security and water security
  • Food security, agriculture and water security
  • International law and water security
  • Energy security and water security
  • Global trade, global political economy and water
  • Development and water
  • Power and water security