About WLC


In 2006, the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health  (UNU-INWEH), in partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), developed an e-Learning program as a means of training and building knowledge and skills of professionals in developing countries, starting with a course on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). This training and capacity development programme is administered and executed via a regional network of training institutions and universities (i.e. Regional Centres), supported by a core website, which collectively represents the learning centre.


What we offer

The Water Learning Centre (WLC) promotes topics such as sustainable water management, water-health, mangrove ecosystems and climate change (latter three currently in development) through a core curriculum that is provided by international experts in the respective field, offering opportunities for continuing education and skills upgrading.  For the IWRM course, for example, the curriculum consists of 10 courses of 25 teaching hours equivalent per course with tutorial and case study material as well as independent work assignments and examinations. For all courses, a UNU Diploma is granted after the completion of the full course.

19 April 2010 - Tora: Disarment, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) second delivery of 40,000L of water to Tora, village 50km North El Fasher (Darfur). The water will be useful to fabricate thousands of bricks for a school construction. This school will welcome 30 former soldiers children. Picture: UNAMID - Albert Gonzalez Farran

Each curriculum offers broad-based coverage of the principles and practices of the respective subject, providing the students with core knowledge in the natural sciences, engineering, health, governance, public administration, social sciences, economics, resource conservation, strategic planning, as well as aspects of program and project management. Currently, the WLC offers a course in Integrated Water Resources Management with courses on Water-Health, mangroves ecosystems and Drylands management currently under development.


Our Goal

The long-term, overarching goal of the WLC is to enhance national capacities for the development and implementation of sustainable natural resource management strategies in developing countries, at local, regional and sub-regional levels.  The program is directed to practicing professionals wishing to upgrade their knowledge of the various natural resource management concepts and practices.


Interested in applying?

First, determine which Regional Centre works best for you, and ensure you meet the basic requirements. If you meet the requirements, we encourage you to apply. Note that application deadlines and course start times vary across the Regional Centres. Should you have any questions, please contact the appropriate Regional Centre. For general inquiries, please contact us.


“Many practicing professionals simply can’t take time off to pursue a two-year course or even a two-week course.  Distance education has become very successful because it allows people to participate as part of their on-the-job training. Designing the WVLC for global delivery has been a difficult challenge but the payoff will be improved water management and, potentially, improved health for many people suffering from water shortages and poor water quality in developing countries.”

- Mr. Manuel Dengo, Former Chief, Water Resources Management Branch, UN-DESA