River basins provide the geographical working unit for hydrologists and water managers as their boundaries obtain all the fresh water which is potentially available in a region. presents summarized information on selected river basins and gives an overview on some of the work which is carried out in river basins worldwide by our international group of institutions towards a more integrated management of water resources. Key objective of is to give an insight in bio-physical, institutional and socioeconomic catchment characteristics for stakeholders and researchers providing data sources and a state of the art with references. Furthermore the groups´ expertise and work approaches related to river basin assessment and management are illustrated.





New MSc Program in Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (IWRM-LAC), San José, Costa Rica

Call for applications:

The University of Costa Rica (UCR), School of Geography, is offering a new master program in Integrated Water Resources Management with focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. 

The MSc program is implemented at the UCR in the scope of a DAAD funded project “Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean – IWRM LAC” in the program: “Transnational Education - Degree Programs offered abroad by German Institutions”. The project is coordinated by the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT), TH Köln, Germany.   

The study covers a period of four semesters. The internationally oriented program gives students from Latin America and the Caribbean the opportunity to start their studies in San José and to spend an exchange semester at the TH Cologne, Germany. Courses in Costa Rica are taught in Spanish and English. The teaching language at the ITT is English. The graduates will receive the final degree Master of Science in Integrated Water Resources Management issued by the University of Costa Rica.

The curriculum of the master program is framed after the MSc program: “Integrated Water Resources Management” currently offered at ITT, TH Köln (LINK).

Curriculum development workshop for the new MSc Program "Integrated Water Resources Management for Latin America and the Caribbean" (IWRM-LAC), March 2020, San José, Costa Rica

Call for applications:

From 2th-5th of March 2020, lecturers from the ITT as well as from the National University of Colombia; University Javeriana, Colombia; Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico and University of La Frontera, Chile, met at the UCR in Costa Rica to adapt the curriculum of the new MSc Program IWRM-LAC to water management challenges and environmental conditions of Latin America and the Caribbean.   

Moreover, we designed IWRM related research projects in South American river basins and discussed the incorporation of our regional pilot case studies into the curriculum of the new master program. By confronting students with real life case studies in the pilot river basins, we aim at applying the praxis-oriented teaching method “Enquiry Based Learning” (EBL). The EBL didactic method is considered an effective way to educate students towards self-determined knowledge creation, lifelong learning and leadership.

Developing introductory training materials related to the Water-Energy-Food-Security Nexus (GIZ/EU 2017-2019)

We developed a variety of training materials and concepts related to the WEF Security Nexus in the scope of the Nexus Regional Dialogues Program Phase I (2016 – 2018) funded by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The overall objective is to promote the dialogue and a stronger cross-sectoral collaboration between the water, energy, agricultural and environment related sectors to improve decision-making processes. The program involves five regional Nexus dialogues, which are active in the Niger Basin, Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central Asia (Aral Sea region) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and involves national and regional policy makers, the private sector, academia and civil society. We developed two training modules that present hands-on tools and instruments on how to approach these challenges in practice: 1. Introduction to the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Security Nexus, 2. WEF Nexus case studies from Europe and Germany.

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