Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Integrated River Basin Management

  • Monday 5 - Friday 9 March 2018

As populations grow and the demand for water increases across the world, the need for a sustainable integrated approach to river basin management has become ever more pressing. Climate change has become an additional overarching concern.

This course demonstrates how sustainable river basin management can be undertaken in an integrated manner so that the competing needs of the multiple stakeholders in a basin (eg water supply, flood control, waste water disposal) can be rationalised.

We place major emphasis on the integration of technical and socio-economic knowledge in attempting to balance the conflicting objectives of economic efficiency, social equity, and environmental sustainability defined by the internationally accepted Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach. Therefore, the course:

  • demonstrates how sustainable river basin management can be undertaken in an integrated manner such that the competing needs of the multiple stakeholders in a basin (eg water supply, flood control, waste water disposal) can be rationalised
  • shows how an appropriate balance can be achieved between the conflicting objectives of economic efficiency, social equity and environmental sustainability
  • provides an opportunity for you to assess problems in major international river basins throughout the world
  • proposes agendas for sustainable river basin management

Who is the course aimed at?

A course for scientists, engineers and managers who influence land and water issues within river basins, for whom a deeper understanding of integrated river basin management would enhance their own specialist stakeholder roles.

Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Integrated River Basin Management accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Accredited by The Geological Society Integrated River Basin Management accredited by The Geological Society

Objectives and Outline

Integrated River Basin Management

Course Objectives

By the time you've finished the course, you'll have:

  • a comprehensive understanding of the integrated river basin management (IRBM) concept and principles
  • an understanding of how sustainability can be incorporated into integrated river basin management
  • knowledge of the impacts of human activities on the environmental state of a river basin
  • knowledge of the economic and social principles underlying IRBM
  • an understanding of how to balance conflicting objectives in managing a river basin
  • knowledge of how to assess alternative river basin management plans

You'll also have developed:

  • the capacity to formulate IRBM objectives
  • the capacity to integrate technical and socio-economic information to support decision-making
  • the ability to use decision support tools
  • skills in information gathering and synthesis and the integration of knowledge
  • skills in prioritising needs and setting objectives
  • the ability to make sustainability assessments
  • improved advocacy, reporting and presentation skills

Course Outline

Lectures cover the full spectrum of climate change, water resource, water quality, and flood risk management issues that must be addressed, as well as the basic socio-economic principles. External lecturers from the UK Environment Agency and the water industry provide valuable inputs on regulation and water service provision. You'll use modelling and decision support tools (such as multi criteria analysis) during a computer practical session based on a real world master planning case study.

The highlight of the course is a major groupwork exercise undertaken by teams of delegates and students throughout the week. During this exercise, you'll assess the current state of six major international river basins across the world, and assist in preparing and presenting agendas for how sustainable river basin management might be achieved to the class and academic assessors. The exercise involves a major information gathering and synthesis exercise using the Internet.

An example timetable is provided below:

  • Day 1
    • Introduction to Integrated River Basin Management.
    • Institutional Frameworks and the EU Water Framework Directive.
    • Creating Frameworks for IRBM.
    • Water for All.
    • Water Industry Regulation.
    • Organisation of Groups for Coursework.
    • Group Coursework Session.
  • Day 2
    • Sustainable Cities.
    • Climate Change and Water Resources.
    • Sustainability and Sustainable Development.
    • Introduction to Cost-benefit Analysis.
    • Economic Evaluation of Environmental Goods.
    • Environmental and Social Cost-benefit Analysis.
    • Group Coursework Session.
  • Day 3
    • Multi-Criteria Analysis of Water Resources Plans.
    • Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
    • Water Master Planning: Case Study and Computer Practical.
    • Group Coursework Session.
  • Day 4
    • Environment Agency and Environmental Regulation.
    • Diffuse Agricultural Pollution: the Demonstration Test Catchments.
    • Groundwater Protection.
    • Utility Asset Management Planning.
    • Water Conservation and Demand Management.
    • Catchment Flood Management Plans.
    • Group Coursework Session.
  • Day 5
    • Creating an Agenda for IRBM: Reporting by Groups.
    • Feedback Session and Closure.
Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Integrated River Basin Management accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Accredited by The Geological Society Integrated River Basin Management accredited by The Geological Society
  • Monday 5 - Friday 9 March 2018

Further Information

Integrated River Basin Management

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8512) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Presenters

Integrated River Basin Management

Presenters

Newcastle University
  • Prof Enda O'Connell (Course Leader)
  • Dr Jaime Amezaga
  • Prof Richard Dawson
  • Prof Chris Kilsby
  • Dr Greg O'Donnell
  • Dr Paul Quinn
Academic Professionals
  • Prof Gerald Noone

Fees

Integrated River Basin Management

Fees

  • Integrated River Basin Management
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).