Our educational resources have been developed specifically to support how the moderator interacts with their audience. The objective is to encourage and structure debate and lead to an increased understanding of the issues of water governance. Within the teaching category of resources, you will find three key types:
- Serious Games
A fictional framework firmly grounded in reality is mapped out for participants. This simulated situation - a problem or issue linked to the management of water - is created enabling participants to reflect fully on the different roles that are involved. Participants are encouraged to consider first-hand the strategic decisions that need to be taken to reach a conclusion or objective.
The material includes a full briefing on the general context, specifics on the situation under consideration and an outline of the different roles that need to be assumed within the serious game. There is also helpful advice included on how to moderate the game and how to encourage discussion. As participants will soon discover, water management issues can quickly lead to very tense situations. This education tool helps to focus attention on the problem or issue at hand and also the steps that are necessary to ensure a resolution is reached.
- Case Studies
The Geneva Water Hub’s Case Studies offer teaching material as a base to facilitating discussion. The complete information is available for download in PDF format. It is generally composed of two documents. The first one “Problematic and Visuals” is addressed to the public. It is designed for projection and includes various short texts and visuals (maps, infography, graphs…). The second one “Teaching Annex”) is structured for the facilitator and helps to structure the discussion. It provides a train of thoughts for the presentation. The correspondence between the parts treated in both documents is indicated by the symbols of different colours from the Geneva Water Hub logo: blue, green and black. This symbolism allows the facilitator to structure his remarks and finally to start a discussion with his audience.
- Certificate of Advanced Studies in Water Management and Policy
The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Water Management and Policy, part of the University of Geneva, has been developed by the Education and Research component of the Geneva Water Hub. This continued learning program is designed for participants who are currently in employment. It focuses on the political issues of water management. Eight teaching modules have been created to enable participants to study closely issues such as scale, environmental change, international law, privatization and regulation of the water sector, water rights and diplomacy. The program takes place at the University of Geneva and participants can earn 20 credits across eight modules and a dissertation. It is also possible to follow only certain parts of the program over a longer period of time.
The objectives of the first MOOC supported by the Geneva Water Hub - Education and Knowledge component is to understand the issues surrounding Water Resources Management and Policy. The course firsty defines what is a resource and more particularly water resources, their uses, their related activities, as well as possible conflicts. The course then focuses more on details around water governance, analysing the types of rules and rights at stake around water governance, such as the development of a multi-sector regulation and a watershed based approach. The second MOOC deals with Ecosystem Services as a Method for Sustainable Development. Ecosystem services are a way of thinking about – and evaluating – the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. Examples include marketable goods such as timber and fish, as well as non-market services like the natural purification of water by wetlands, the inherent value of species, and cultural value of traditional landscapes.
- Distance learning course on International Water Law and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers
The online course in "International Water Law & The Law of Transboundary Aquifers" is implemented in partnership with DiploFoundation. This course has the main objective to examine the principles and norms of international law that apply to transboundary water resources. The course emphasizes current legal developments in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In particular, tthe 6th SDG aims “to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” and to “implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation. " Instruments and norms of international water law are critical to achieve this goal in the coming years. The course provides knowledge and legal skills to professionals who negotiate and implement legal and institutional frameworks on transboundary water resources. The course is composed of 7 modules and corresponds to 4 ECTS credits.