This online course introduces the concept of environmental flows and explains why maintaining environmental flows is needed for human and ecosystem well-being. It presents the methods to assess environmental flows, including their advantages and limitations. The course also covers how environmental flows can be included at project level or when planning land use and resource development at a regional scale.
General knowledge of the water cycle and of ecological concepts.
Deadline IHE application: 06 September 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
- Explain what environmental flows are, and discuss their relevance for managing water and natural resources.
- Explain the key physical, chemical and biological processes of river systems that are relevant to environmental flows.
- Analyse legislation, policies and social dimensions that influence the implementation of environmental flows at multiple geographic scales, including the involvement of stakeholders and the societal benefits of flow-related ecosystem services.
- Compare the main methodologies for assessing environmental flows and synthesize the knowledge acquired to propose a methodological approach to assess eflows in a river basin taken as a case study
- Analyze the factors that support or obstruct the successful implementation of environmental flows in a river basin.