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Grad Cert Water Planning 2014 structure


7900ENV – New perspectives on project management

This module trains participants in the skills, tools and techniques necessary to manage a broad range of project activities.

Participants learn the principles of project management through each stage of the project cycle: from initial problem analysis, scoping and project design to the management of administrative, logistical and financial aspects of project implementation; social, environmental and gender impact issues; data analysis; ongoing monitoring and evaluation; and grievance procedures.

Focusing on project management for the water sector, the module emphasises participatory project management and frameworks for cross-sectoral collaboration.

7920ENV – Catchment and aquatic ecosystem health

This is a relatively new field that brings together biophysical understanding of how natural systems function with societal goals and human values. Many streams, rivers and floodplains are in a degraded state and millions of dollars are spent annually on their restoration.

This core module provides biophysical and ecological information to guide sustainable management and restoration of riparian lands and associated riverine systems.

Topics include the role of the riparian zone in abiotic and biotic in-stream processes and river channel and riparian restoration. It also covers the development and validation of cost-effective techniques for the ecological assessment of river health including indicators which focus on organisation (biodiversity, food web structure), vigour (rates of production, biogeochemical cycling) and resilience (ability to recover from disturbance).

7904ENV – Collaborative planning

Water planning requires consultation with communities and stakeholders. Planners agree that community input and participation should influence the development of a water resource plan or strategy and often find that they need professional development in this area.

This module provides training in key areas including methods for better collaboration with communities, Indigenous and cross-cultural engagement, conflict management, consensus building, and science communication. Lessons from real-life case-studies in water planning are shared by a range of experts in the field, with time for in-depth workshops.

7903ENV – Water planning and economics

This module introduces participants to a range of assessments needed to fulfil the goals, objectives and principles of water planning in the 21st century. It gives a broad introduction to water resource economics to enable participants to gain familiarity with economic concepts pertinent to water management and planning.

Participants are introduced to economic and social impact analyses and risk assessment including adaptation for climate change. As one of the outcomes of plans is security for consumptive water users, this is discussed in the context of Australia and contrasted with developing countries. Environmental allocations are also discussed. Thus participants are encouraged to develop awareness of the need to integrate economic, social, legal and environmental perspectives in planning against a background of uncertainty and change. 


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