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About the Course

Water management today is faced with new challenges such as climate change or the effects of human activity. Public and private stakeholders who are active in this field must develop new ways to better manage the water cycle "as a whole". The objective of this MOOC is to develop an understanding of the problems related to water management. Firstly, this course will define a resource and, more specifically, the resource of water. It will look at how water is used and the activities associated with it as well as any potential conflicts. The course will look at water management in detail through the analysis of the different types of rights and obligations associated with, for example, the development of a multi-sectorial regulation system or a watershed management approach. By the end of this course, our aim is to enable you to: 1) Identify the main issues and strategies linked to water resource management 2) Acquire the key reading material needed to understand the many variables (environmental, institutional and political) which affect water and which, in terms of management, may require adjustment. This course was developed by the Geneva Water Hub. Alongside researchers from the University of Geneva from a range of faculties, researchers from other universities and research centres will be involved in this course. Practitioners who deal daily with the political dimension of water management will also input into the course. This MOOC is designed for all those interested in the water sector. Prior training is not necessary to follow our program. The findings presented in this course can be easily reapplied to different contexts and to different scales of analysis. This MOOC is supported by the Geneva Water Hub and the University of Geneva along with the MOOC in « Ecosystem Services: a Method for Sustainable Development » ( and the one in "International Water Law" ( This course is funded by the Global Programme Water Initiatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). This course is also available in French :

Top reviews


Oct 2, 2020

This course presents complex and hard to understand concepts of water resource management in a very subtle and precise way thus suitable for all learners from all backgrounds and learning levels.


Apr 25, 2023

i have gained alot out of the course, is there a statement of accomplishment for this course? thank you very much for the knowledge gained, i am looking forward to participate in other courses.

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By Joseph A

Mar 21, 2022

Impressive work by the Coursera and the University of Geneva. Every step is well taught, course materials are helpful and I recommend everyone studying IWRM to at least study this course.

By Klaus S

Oct 17, 2018

I learnt a lot especially when its to saving and managing water for the society...With increase in global warming water resource management should be taken seriously because water is life


Feb 2, 2021

This is an excellent introductory course shedding the light on the main issues related to water management and policy. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in water or environmental management and policy areas. What I like most about the course; the exposure to high profile international experts in the field and the friendly way of presenting the content. I would like to immensely thank the University of Geneva and all instructors who successfully design and deliver this course.

By Samuel A L

Jun 15, 2021

Muchas felicidades por este curso. Por la excelencia de sus profesores, por la sencillez de sus explicaciones y por la alta calidad de sus contenidos. He aprendido muchísimo. Es un conocimiento que no se encuentra en las pocas bibliotecas de mi país. A pesar de las diferencias de idioma he aprendido muchísimo y he tomado nota de las clases para volver a repasarlas. Para mí es solo el inicio para continuar aprendiendo. Muchas gracias. Samuel Lizama.

By Manish R

Jun 5, 2022

I thank all the Instructors at the University of Geneva and all the Experts from various organizations for sharing their valuable expertise in the field of water management. This course was very interesting, informative, and well-organized. It was very insightful learning about the various uses of water, specific cases of water management challenges, and systems/mechanisms in place to address water governance.

By Fabian D B

Nov 12, 2020

Muy interesante. He aprendido sobre los mecanismos que existen para que los países tengan conciliación con respecto a procesos de interés en el uso de cuerpos de agua naturales. También es impresionante que existan problemas tan fuertes por el interés del recurso. Muy bueno el curso.

By Sankalp D

May 8, 2023

Water Management helps in devloping efficient irrigation practices for the betterment og agriculture in the country.Proper utilization of water in our homes too can save this precious resource. Water management teaches us to use a limited amount of water whenever required.

By Larysa V

Mar 23, 2021

Teaching material is very well structured, with clear objectives and expected outcomes. All theoretical arguments are accompanied by real case studies and examples. Interviews with external expert speakers made the course even more interesting.

By Mohamed N M

Jul 25, 2021

I really appreciating your great effort for initiative of this useful courses and I have learned lot on the course of water management and policy eventually I would like to appreciate you again and thank you very much .

By Silas M

Apr 4, 2021

The use of practical examples coupled with presentations by informed expertise enhanced the course material. This course was insightful. I highly recommend it for water policy makers and interested parties.

By Elnur A

Nov 30, 2019

This is the course that started a new area of interest for me by providing guidance and very clear case studies that make one think and analyze important water management topics.

By Colis N A

Mar 14, 2021

Excellent course, it helped me to understand many topics relevant to my job. The use cases and examples provided were also added benefit to understanding real world scenarios.

By Sreejith E K

Feb 14, 2016

I am really thankful to Dr. Christian Brethaut and Professor Geraldine Pflieger. Thank you very much for this wonderful course. Looking forward to meet you in another course.

By Habib D

Aug 27, 2019

The course increases my understanding of water management and policy but also sparks my interest to extend to the management and policy of other natural resources in general.

By Guilherme d S

Nov 30, 2020

Amazing content, I learned a lot. Both the theoretical part and the practical cases were very interesting and will help in my phd thesis about brazilian water management.

By Prajwal C

May 23, 2021

The course was very helpful & interesting only language barrier as we Indian's only understand English as foreign language apart from that everything was well and good.

By Rajeev C

Feb 6, 2016

The course and the course material were very informative . The lectures were also veru to the point. It was very nice learning experience!!!

Thank you once again!!!

By Arthur B K

Oct 7, 2020

A very exciting course that is a wide an opener for water management and policy. I look forward to more inspiring knowledge from the Water team at the University.

By Ugandhara G

Sep 29, 2020

I came to know the framework to be involve in water resource management .The actors wo are involved in .I found this course very informative course.Thank you

By Miriam B G

Sep 12, 2018

This is a useful course that has several international study cases that will help to analize the problems of water resources management all around the world.

By Agustin J P P

Jun 13, 2016

Interesting and informative. Perfect combination of lecturers, information and amazing views. Look forward to Water Resources Management and Policy 2.0!!!


May 19, 2023

this course equiped me with good understanding of water policy and challenges faced by country to apply principle of integrated water resource management

By Abhijith S

Mar 7, 2021

Excellent course to understand the fundamentals of water management. Case studies further assist to provide practical examples and complexities involved.

By Ricardo F

Nov 4, 2017

This course is very insteresting because the professors give us many examples of how policies of water management are developing in diferent cpuntries.

By nakita g

Apr 2, 2021

This course was simply sublime! Thee content was and its delivery were easily understood and provided a much needed break and deviation from the norm.