Water Conflict Management I

IHE Delft Water cooperation

Target Audience

This course is designed for current and future water managers, decision-makers and others involved in Integrated Water Resources Management. Participants need to have a bachelor degree in a relevant subject (i.e. economics, social sciences, law, engineering, biology) and preferably several years of relevant working experience.

Description

This short course introduces the basic concepts of water cooperation, conflict prevention and mitigation and provides in-depth skills training. Furthermore, contemporary issues related to transboundary water conflict will be discussed with invited speakers in the field of water governance and conflict resolution.

This short course will introduce the basic concepts of negotiation processes, determinants of conflict behavior, conflict situations and handling modes as well as methods of effective negotiation; assessments of personal negotiating styles; it will also emphasize the importance of communication. The role of the negotiator and the qualities and responsibilities of a good negotiator will be highlighted.

The short course will include the following components:

- Introduction to Negotiation Processes.
- Cases of Water Negotiations.
- Internal and External Negotiations on Water Management.
- Multilateral Interstate Negotiations on Disasters.
- Roles of Culture and Power.
- Implementation of Agreements.
- Case studies of major water and environmental disputes.
- Simulation of a local and/or regional conflict.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Explain, discuss and analyze the basic concepts of conflict management and conflicts related to water.
- Critically analyse cases of water sharing and use among different actors at different levels and from different sectors, from a conflict and cooperation perspective.
- Identify, explain and analyse the elements of a conflict transformation process applied to the management of a water conflict, and prepare, organise and engage in them as a party and as the process leader.
- Identify, explain and analyse the elements of a mediation process applied to the management of a water conflict, and prepare, organise and engage in them as a party and as a mediator.