Water Conflict Management II

IHE Delft conflict management

Target Audience

This short 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. Basic knowledge of negotiation techniques is an asset.


The course offers a recap of basic concepts in, and introduces advanced processes related to, conflict resolution and cooperation building.

This short course will recap the basic concepts of negotiation. It will also introduce advanced processes that can be used in the prevention, the anticipation or the resolution of conflicts in a transboundary water setting. It will focus on concepts that can be used in the management of multi-party decision making processes The role of the negotiator, the facilitator, the mediator, and the qualities and responsibilities of such players will be highlighted.


– Introduction to water conflict analysis
– Water diplomacy and media
– River basin organisations and conflict management
– Negotiation processes and techniques
– Water negotiation cases
– Multilateral interstate negotiations on disasters
– Simulation of a local/regional conflict

The course provides a good mix of theory and practice, with a focus on skills training. Lectures are combined with exercises and simulation games.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
– Explain, discuss and analyse 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 negotiation process applied to the management of a water conflict, and prepare, organise and engage in them as a negotiator.
– Prepare, organise and engage in different types of conflict resolution processes related to water conflicts..