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This course module is meant to serve as an introduction for professionals and public servants tasked with addressing the issues of water-related hazards. The course will explore three interconnected areas; resiliency and associated concepts, threats to resiliency, and building and maintaining resiliency. This course will provide examples and case studies from both the developed and developing country context.

About this Course

From floods to droughts, water-related disasters pose a significant threat to economies, infrastructure, and lives in both the developed and developing world. It is estimated that water-related disasters account for 90% of all natural hazards, result in billions of dollars in damages and affecting millions of people each year. The significance of this is that with climate change the effects associated with water-related hazards will increase in intensity and frequency in both currently vulnerable areas as well as historically resilient areas.

Understanding the complexities of water-related hazards and resiliency is essential for building and maintaining water resilient plans and policies aimed at increasing water security. This module is meant to serve as an introduction for professionals and public servants tasked with addressing the issues of water-related hazards. The course will explore three interconnected areas; resiliency and associated concepts, threats to resiliency, and building and maintaining resiliency. This course will provide examples and case studies from both the developed and developing country context.

What you will learn

Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand and define concepts related to resiliency
  • Discuss water-related hazards
  • Understand climate change and its effects
  • Understand the impacts of water-related hazards and areas of vulnerability
  • Understand how to build and improve resiliency to water-related hazards
  • Identify failures in resiliency associated with previous water-related disasters
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Course Outline

Unit 8 - Water Resilience

  • Module 1 Resiliency
  • Module 2 Threats to resiliency
  • Module 3 Climate Change
  • Module 4 Building and maintaining resiliency

Meet the instructors

Instructors include international faculty members, supported by a line-up of expert guest lecturers and exclusive interviews with world leaders in the field of Water Security:

Welcome and see you soon!

  1. Course Number

    UNU-INWEH-01
  2. Institute

    United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)
  3. Language

    English
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