Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe has designed this summer school to enhance skills of students currently enrolled in different water related MSc and PhD programs from universities throughout Europe. The curriculum aims at presenting the most current global and regional water issues, possible ways to address them and innovative approaches.
The main topics will include: international water governance, the SGDs, green infrastructures, innovative solutions, ecosystems, nature-based solutions and others. Guest lecturers from different institutions and organisations that will provide the students with valuable insights into river basin management, river restoration, transboundary water issues, water governance, integrated urban water management and many more. There will be case studies on the application of integrated water resources management, as well as many practical exercises and group work that will contribute to the better understanding of multi-disciplinary aspects of water governance such as legal issues, participatory approaches, and conflict resolution techniques.
The summer school will have a special focus on Water Security and Climate Resilience which will deal with some of the most globally discussed climate topics at the moment. These will include Paris Agreement, National Adaptation Plans, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Green Climate Fund, GWP Water and Climate Programme, Integrated Drought Management Programme and others. The participants will learn how the planning and decision-making at national and regional level is influenced by the latest analyses and processes on the global level.
A dialogue between youth and decision-makers
A very important part of the Summer School will be a dialogue for Water and Climate Change Policies between Young Leaders and Policy-Makers called Youth Voices → Policy Choices. This initiative, funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ program, will provide an interactive platform for a dialogue between young water advocates with decision-makers. Young leaders will meet with experienced policymakers to craft actionable visions for water in advance of 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP24) that will be held on3-14 December 2018 in Katowice, Poland.
The dialogue Youth Voices → Policy Choices has been made possible thanks to a collaboration between Solidarity Water Europe, the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE), and Youth Water Community Central and Eastern Europe (YWCCEE).