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Water Sector Governance – the Danish model

Place of study: Technical University of Denmark and University of Copenhagen

Purpose: Based on the Danish model, this course aims at providing participants with ways to secure sustainable supplies of water suitable for drinking, agricultural and industrial production, and other purposes, while at the same time ensuring ecosystem-stability and an ability to handle extremes like heavy rainfall events, flooding and droughts.

Content: The course focuses on various topics structured around excursions, case-based learning, and high levels of participatory learning. The course covers the Danish water governance model and its regulatory framework, water sector governance, resource management, stakeholder analysis, the hydrological cycle, the biogeochemical processes affecting water qualities, and the various viable treatment processes. Applying an integrated approach to solve water-related issues in their own context, is facilitated through the development and implementation of an Action Plan.

Target group: The course is relevant for both practitioners and policy makers, and targets senior officers from relevant national, provincial, and local departments, as well as from regional water utilities and Catchment Management Authorities or similar. Participants are expected to hold at least a BSc in natural or technical sciences.