Wetlands, integrated water resources management and food security

Wageningen Center for Development Innovation Wetlands, IWRM

Target Audience

This course has been designed for wetland managers; for river basin and land-use planners; for policymakers, consultants, researchers, NGO and company staff involved with IWRM, wetlands and food security; and for those who wish to become a (better) water steward. Proficiency in English is required.


The course is based on the premise that stewards understand what integrated water resources management is, what wetlands are, the different types of wetlands, what services they provide and the role of the RAMSAR Convention. To be able to act as a water steward and to advocate for wetlands, you will also need to know how to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes, how to communicate wetlands to different sectors and to use your negotiation skills.

Learning Objectives

– have a greater understanding of the essence of integrated water resources management and water stewardship;
– have a better understanding of the interactions between agriculture and wetlands;
– have improved your skills to facilitate multi-stakeholder processes and be familiar with supportive tools;
– have improved your communication, negotiation, lobby and advocacy skills;
– know better how to deal with conflict.