OL 332 WATER CONSERVATION & MANAGEMENT
Community scale water harvesting, watershed management, rainwater harvesting.
For agricultural water management please see OL 333
Train Online: 8 weeks. Courses are offered every two months. Current offering dates are in the column to the side.
To enroll, simply go to the bottom of this page.
Water Conservation and Management. 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.
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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. We are 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.
The solutions that students have been developing include a community-based water use management plan. Community members will first 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.
The course includes an overview of water conservation techniques complete with downloadable manuals and field guides for each technique. See the full syllabus below.
To earn a diploma in Integrated CBA, DRR and Rural Development, you must complete four required, sequential foundation courses, then select four elective courses (such as this one—OL 332) of your choice for a total of eight courses. With a wide variety of electives, you are able to tailor the diploma program to meet your contextual needs and interests.
OL 332 Course Syllabus
|Week 1.||Local Context|
|Week 3.||Water Resources Management|
Setting up a Water Management Committee developing a Water Management plan. In week 8 of OL 343 you set up a community based water management committee. You can use the same technique to set up a Community Based Water Management Subcommittee. The committee will be in charge of developing a Water Management plan. Setting up a subcommittee is a much more rapid process than setting up a full committee.
|Week 4.||Design Techniques: Environmental Restoration|
|Week 5.||Design Techniques: Water Harvesting. What is water harvesting?|
|Week 6.||Planning for Conservation|
|Week 7.||Workshop Planning|
|Week 8.||Capacity Building|
The Course also Provides the Following Resources
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.
Visit the companion course: OL 333: Climate Smart Agricultural Practices for your CBA project.
Choose which price fits your profile.
1. The 8-week course is $100.00 for citizens of developing nations.
2. The 8-week course is $150.00 for citizens of developed nations.
When you are ready to enroll, click ‘Enroll Now’ at the bottom of the page. Questions? Online.Learning@csd-i.org .
You will be sent your Login username and password, and instructions for starting the course the Monday, before the course begins. We look forward to meeting you.
The online course will be led by Tim Magee, CSD’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with nonprofits and leading training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge/Earthscan.
Prerequisites: OL 102 – or – OL 342.
Prerequisites are absolute: please do not ask us for an exception.
If you have not completed the prerequisite courses please do not sign up for this advanced course.
Why are there Prerequisites for Advanced Courses?
If you have a question don’t hesitate to contact us at: Online.Learning@csd-i.org .
Space is limited.