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CAS in «Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiation»

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Professional acting at strategic levels and aiming to develop analytical skills on water governance processes. A broad diversity of backgrounds is expected: public administrations, international organisations, governmental and non-governmental organisations, private sector.


  • Identify and analyse the new challenges of water resource management at the global scale, considering the whole water cycle.
  • Analyse hydrodiplomacy and actors’ strategies and understand trends and functioning of water governance at the global level.
  • Provide tools to water professionals for the analysis of water policy issues and the management of the resource in the face of risk and uncertainty.
  • Develop work-related skills such as: ability to analyse international legal and institutional frameworks, and the related negotiations; ability to prevent and regulate water conflicts.
  • Develop a community of practice in the field of water governance



The management of water resources faces environmental, climatic, political and economic challenges. In this changing environment, innovative policies should be designed to foster collaborations between States, the civil society and the private sector. To this end, practitioners and decision-makers need to develop new analytical skills.

The Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva launches the second edition of the certifying Summer School in Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiations. This two-weeks training is aimed to deliver skills and knowledge based on the latest scientific research that are applicable in professional contexts. Participants will learn how to use water governance tools to address complex political situations, be resilient when a crisis strikes, and innovate in the face of risk and uncertainty.

Our teaching philosophy is to encourage interactions between the practice and results from scientific research. Trainers and participants will be invited to share their expertise and their professional experiences.

In addition to the on-site classes given at the Summer School, a MOOC in Water Management and Policy is offered to the participants on the Coursera platform. Completion of the MOOC (ideally prior the Summer School) and of a final thesis (to be delivered by September 2018) are required to obtain the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS).


Module 1 - MOOC Water Resources Management and Policy

Module 2 - Hydrology: Global Trends and Environmental Changes

Module 3 - International Water Law: from Universal to Regional and Basin Agreements

Module 4 - Right to Water Access: Law, Water and Development

Module 5 - Hydrodiplomacy

Tipo di evento
University of Geneva - Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE)
Denis Lanzanova (coord.)
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