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Water Security course for Water Without Program (WWB) is offered by UNU INWEH, this course model is for the WWB Cohort 2019-2020 to learn fundamentals of water security. It is suited for scholars pursuing graduate studies in environmental, political, and scientific areas of expertise. This special section of the Global Water Security Course is offered to Water Without Borders students as part of WOB 702.

Key Information Water Security Course for WWB 2019-2020

The concept of water security is interlinked with many other global social and environmental issues and is intrinsically linked with climate security, as the two are naturally dependent on one another. As a result of this interconnection, water security is also linked to energy security, food security, human development, national security, and sustainable economic development.

This course offers a self-guided program of instruction to advance the capacities of participants to recognize patterns among multiple points of interest pointing the way to holistic water security solutions. This approach demonstrates that water security cannot be achieved through one dimensional solution, and that problems of water security must be viewed through all possible lenses.

For WWB Students in 2019, this online self-study course provides a UNU-INWEH framework for WOB 702 A & B to introduce global water issues through a holistic water security lens. The self-study modules are to be completed independently over two terms, and no later than March 31.

The online course content is supplemented by regular contact and attendance at special events, such as Another Drop Lectures and group discussions during class lectures.

What you will learn

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

  • What is water security and why it is important for planning sustainable water management and building community resilience
  • Understand the basic elements of water security conceptual framework proposed by UN Water (2013) and distinguish multifaceted aspects in water management beyond the hydrological dimension
  • Gain knowledge of different ways in which water security understanding can contribute to implementation of water-related Sustainable Development Gaols (SDGs)
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Course Outline


  • Definition of Water Security
  • Importance of Water Security
  • Components of Water Security


  • Definition of Good Governance
  • Levels and types of governance
  • Legal regimes and secure water situations
  • Government policies for water security
  • Building institutional capacity (and services)
  • Infrastructure for water security

Transboundary Cooperation

  • Introduction to transboundary cooperation
  • History and theory of transboundary water management
  • Analysis of key factors influencing transboundary water management


  • Examples of Innovative financing of Water Security
  • Funding sources/schemes: Public & Private; Micro-financing
  • Financial partnerships
  • Water security funding requirements

Peace and Political Stability

  • Definition/example of peace and political stability
  • Conflict and water: connection and types of conflict
  • Political stability and secure water

Safe Water

  • Concept of WASH
  • Global Status
  • WASH and Health
  • Water related diseases
  • Sanitation and Health
  • Financing


  • Water and ecosystems
  • Ecosystems impact: fresh water delivery
  • Ecosystems impact: community and economy
  • Maintaining water friendly ecosystems


  • Resiliency
  • Water-Related Hazards
  • Climate Change
  • Building and Maintaining Resiliency

The Economics of Water

  • Economics of Water
  • Water’s influence on food, energy production, industry, transport, tourism
  • Building Water Security in cities


  • How everything works together
  • Summary


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Course information Sheet

The course information sheet 1 can be downloaded here

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  1. Course Number

    WOB 702 A & B
  2. Classes Start

    Available Now
  3. Estimated Effort

    3 hours / week
  4. Length

    20 Weeks (or 6 months)
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  6. Certificate

  7. Language