8 Week Online IWRM Course

Global impacts on water resources are increasing. Addressing these impacts depends on the ability of professionals to make knowledgeable and sustainable management decisions.


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This online program takes a holistic look at water resources management at the watershed and sub-watershed level with a specific focus on watershed planning techniques, adaptive management strategies, capacity building approaches, water governance, and water business risk assessment to strengthen integrated water resources management capacities globally.

Course Dates

September 25, 2017 to November 18, 2017


The objectives of this program are to:

  • Improve water resources management through the implementation of applicable and effective integrated management tools and techniques.
  • Strengthen the principles of governance, planning, adaptive management and capacity building in local, regional and transboundary water resources regimes.
  • Provide participants with the competencies to develop skills and knowledge required for urgent needs in the water resources sector.


This program uses a web-based system and a comprehensive text book developed specifically for this program. Using a web-based system allows participants to communicate with each other and can be accessed from a home and/or workplace computer. This method of delivery offers a flexible learning approach that can be easily accommodated into almost any work schedule.


Participants will be evaluated using various evaluation tools. Participants will be required to create their profile on the program site, and participate in the online discussion forum. Participants will also choose a watershed and will analyze the current state of the watershed and make recommendations on future priorities, governance, and methods of management, based on the modules taught in this program. There is no final examination.

Upon successful completion of the program, a letter of attestation of completion and a certificate of completion from the Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University will be issued.

Target group

Water resources professionals, recent graduates, and students with a background in geography, engineering, social sciences, environmental studies, business, or a relevant field are encouraged to apply, as water resources management is interdisciplinary and benefits from the participation of a diverse group of individuals.

For full information on the course and registration requirements, please visit the course website