Climate Change and Water Shortcourse: For residents of South and South East Asia


Date: May 11, 2022

The short course will explore climate change mitigation and adaptation, with a specific focus on best practices in water resources management (WRM) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) for achieving water security outcomes. Participants will build knowledge and skills through engaging online sessions which will showcase evidence, case studies, tools and approaches that can support climate change decision making, policy and planning with respect to WaSH & WRM.

Applications for the June 2022 cohort for residents of South and South East Asia is now open. Further cohorts from Africa, South and South East Asia, and the Pacific will be delivered later in the year, and into 2023.


This online course is for residents of South and South East Asia who would benefit from upskilling and expanding their knowledge of climate change, water and adaptation and mitigation opportunities. The course is suitable for practitioners, policy makers, decision markers, students, utility directors and employees of water associations. This course will address critical sectoral issues and provide participants with the practical and technical skills they need to drive positive change in the complex world of water management. It is designed to be highly interactive, encouraging participants to actively engage to discuss issues, share stories and ideas and understand the application of new knowledge in a range of contexts and real-world scenarios whilst building networks. 

GENDER EQUALITY, DISABILITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSIONGEDSI (Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion) intersections will be interwoven throughout the course, highlighting gendered impacts, and the specific requirements of people with a disability, the elderly and young children, and ethnic minorities with respect to climate impacts. Participants will build a professional network of contacts through their engagement in the course.

Key Topics

  • An Introduction to WASH + Water Resource Management
  • Climate change and hydrological cycle
  • UNFCCC National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategies + AR6 IPCC report – implications for regions
  • Climate change mitigation and the water sector.
  • Water, climate, and Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6).
  • GEDSI and climate change.
  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Climate resilience for rural WaSH and WRM, including GEDSI sensitive adaptation and planning tools and approaches.
  • Nature-based solutions for building resilience (i.e. against floods and drought, and for water supply).
  • Climate change and natural resources management and land-use planning at a basin/catchment scale.
  • Climate change, water and human health (including COVID-19 and GEDSI issues)
  • Climate finance, environmental economics, ecosystem service accounting and cost-benefit analysis of climate adaptation options

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course participants will have gained:

  • Knowledge and skills to manage water and climate change risks
  • Understanding of best practices in water resources management (WRM) and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for achieving water security outcomes.
  • Knowledge of GEDSI, gendered impacts and the specific requirements of people with a disability, the elderly and young children, and the nuanced requirements of ethnic minorities with respect to climate impacts.
  • Professional contacts and networks advancing climate change and water projects throughout South and South East Asia.


COHORT 2 - commencing 27 June 2022

Duration: 6 weeks, 4 hours of online learning per week

Participants: Participants are sought from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam

Location: Online

Cost: This short course is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Water Partnership and therefore free to successful applicants.

Outcome: Digital Certificate, Griffith University Digital Badge

Delivery team: Griffith University (International WaterCentre), Alluvium Consulting, University of Newcastle, Institute of Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney

We invite you now to register your interest in joining the climate change and water short course. The application process is simple and the information you provide will help us to determine your suitability for inclusion. Selection for the short course will be based upon strict selection criteria. Specifically, potential applicants should note that we will be selecting around 2-3 participants per country. We also aim to have equal male-female representation and are seeking to encourage applicants with disabilities and from minority groups.

As part of the application process you are required to submit the online form along with:

  1. CV
  2. Letter of support from your employer

Applications close 3 June 2022.

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