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    Date: 09 Sep - 03 Nov 2014

    Date: 02 Feb - 30 Mar 2015

    Date: 10 Jul - 03 Sep 2012

    Date: 04 Mar - 28 Apr 2014

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Water conservation and management: online course

MAIN ORGANIZER(S): Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi)

Type: Training Course Date: 09 Sep - 03 Nov 2014 Location:

Type: Training Course Date: 02 Feb - 30 Mar 2015 Location:

Type: Training Course Date: 10 Jul - 03 Sep 2012 Location: Online event Venue: Online

Type: Training Course Date: 04 Mar - 28 Apr 2014 Location: Online event

Students will leave this course with practical field tools to help develop a community-based water use management plan. Students will first learn how to develop a participatory mapping of water resources and uses, and then consult with a water management expert to develop a participatory process and training program for developing the water use management plan.

General description of course topic:

A shortage of water or unreliable access to water is one of the biggest issues in development. Community water sources dry up during climate change related drought or seasonally during the dry season. There is competition among different segments of the community for available water. Discussing community water challenges calls for stepping back from the immediate problem and looking at the relevant underlying causes for the shortage of water in order to begin developing solutions.

This past quarter CSDi has seen a number of water related partner projects worldwide. CSDi is seeing tremendous similarities between the projects: not enough water, too much water, and contaminated water. These challenges lead to reduced harvests, reduced income, reduced food security and nutrition, chronic ill health from waterborne disease, and flooding.

Agricultural families suffer from widespread malnutrition caused by climate variability, including extreme drought that reduces crop yields & negatively impacts livestock. These challenges exacerbate the already complex problem of poverty due to a lack of agricultural income. Combined, they lead to chronically malnourished and frequently ill children—and an inability to purchase food and pay for children's education and health care.

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What is included in the event fee

• Documents on course topics by contemporary experts.
• Books, posters and manuals available online for download.
• Internet development links organized by sector.
• Class blog for sharing your stories and photos from the field.
• Class forum for posting questions to your classmates.
• There are no books to buy—all course materials can be linked to, or downloaded from the course site.

Target Audience

Students who have completed the four foundational courses for a "community-based adaptation to climate change diploma" (OL 340).

By taking four extra electives, these students can expand this diploma into an "integrated DRR, CBA and rural development diploma" (OL 440).

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