'Self-paced distance learning courses

2023-24 Integrated Water Management in BRs & other designated areas in the Mediterranean and beyond

The online course in a nutshell :
Duration: 3 weeks, starting from 15 January to 12 February 2024.
Format: Asynchronous (self-paced) with synchronous sessions (3 weekly live meetings).
Commitment: The total training time for learners is approx. 15 hours (~5 hours/week).
Participants: The course is adressed (but not limitted to) MAB youth groups, Post-Graduate students, Young Researchers and Professionals working in BRs, Educators (formal and non-formal), Managers of Biosphere Reserves, Protected Areas and other designated areas. A priority is given to the European, Balkan and Mediterranean countries.
Class size: Up to aprox. 100 online learners.
Language: English.
Certification: Learners who succesfully complete 80% of the course assignments will get the certificate co-signed by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and the UNESCO Chair & Network on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean.
Cost: Thanks to the kind contribution of the organizers the course is free of charge for all participants!
  • Welcome from the Scientific Coordinator!
  • Welcome from UNESCO
  • Logistics, completion rules, housekeeping notes
  • Participant's expectations
  • Phase A input: A 'video' diary
  • WEEK 1: Introduction - The wide picture, UN frameworks, SDG6, MAB Programme
  • Orientation - Week 1
  • Phase A input: testimonies on Sustainability
  • What ascpects of water management do you consider important?
  • The SDGs framework
  • The MAB Programme of UNESCO
  • The 2023 UN Water Conference
  • Synthesis report 2023 on SDG6 [on water]
  • Threats to water-related ecosystems
  • Phase A input: Getting to know the Asterousia BR
  • Phase A input: The local producers of Asterousia
  • 1st Meet the Expert session 19/1/2024
  • References - Week 1
  • Evaluation - Week 1
  • Orientation - Week 2
  • From environmental to sustainable development management
  • The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus Part A
  • The Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus Part B
  • UNESCO Venice projects on water management
  • Phase A input: clarifications on water management concepts
  • Phase A input: Water Management Priorities for the Asterousia BR
  • Adressing water challenges through partnerships
  • Applied example of a water replenishement project
  • Phase A input: Group work outcomes
  • 2nd Meet the Expert session 26/1/2024
  • References - Week 2
  • Evaluation - Week 2
  • Orientation - Week 3
  • UNESCO and Education for Sustainable Development
  • ESD in the Mediterranean / Emphasis on Water
  • MEdIES resources on water
  • Water education resource from National Geographic
  • Citizen Science approaches
  • Water & Education projects from the participants
  • Effective Environmental Communication
  • The water we want 2024 !
  • Assignment 2023-2024 | IWRM
  • 3rd Meet the Expert session 2/2/2024
  • References - Week 3
  • Evaluation Survey
  • End Notes
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever