Integrated and Adaptive Water Resources Planning, Management and Governance

McGill University A holistic look at water resources management

Target Audience

A wide range of people from across the world take the course, including students, engineers, biologists, development workers, communication and advocacy specialists, government workers, and policy analysts, as well as people looking to change career direction or explore their interest in water resources management.


This online course 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.

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 access from a home and/or workplace computer. The participants will have readings to complete and will be participating in online discussions moderated by the instructors, and spend an average of 8 hours per week on the course.

Applicants to this course are asked to submit the following documentation:

  • a CV or other documentation which outlines your educational background and professional experience
  • a motivation letter for enrolling in the course

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Improve water resources management through the implementation of 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.