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Integrated and Adaptive Water Resources Planning, Management and Governance

Global impacts on water resources are increasing. Addressing these impacts depends on the ability of professionals to make knowledgeable and sustainable management decisions.


This online course takes a holistic look at water resources management at the watershed and sub-watershed level with a specific focus on watershed planning techniques, adaptive management strategies, capacity building approaches, water governance, and water business risk assessment to strengthen integrated water resources management capacities globally.

Course Dates

September 29 to December 1, 2014 (online)


The objectives of this course are to:

  • Improve water resources management through the implementation of effective integrated management tools and techniques.
  • Strengthen the principles of governance, planning, adaptive management and capacity building in local, regional and transboundary water resources regimes.
  • Provide participants with the competencies to develop skills and knowledge required for urgent needs in the water resources sector.


This course uses a web-based system and an e-text book developed specifically for this course. Using a web-based system allows participants and instructors to communicate with each other and can be accessed from a home and/or workplace computer. This method of delivery offers a flexible learning approach that can be easily accommodated into almost any work schedule.


Participants will be evaluated using various evaluation tools. They will be required to create their profile on the course site, and contribute to the online discussions. Participants will also choose a watershed and will analyze the current state of the watershed and make recommendations on future priorities, governance, and methods of management, based on the modules taught in this course. There is no final examination.

Upon successful completion of the course, a letter of attestation and a certificate of completion from the Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University will be issued.

Target group

Water resources professionals, recent graduates, and students with a background in geography, engineering, social sciences, environmental studies, business, or a relevant field are encouraged to apply, as water resources management is interdisciplinary and benefits from the participation of a diverse group of talented individuals.

Course developers

Jan Adamowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University. He came to McGill University in 2009 after working as a Post Doctoral Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA. His main areas of research are hydrology and water resources management.  At McGill, he is the Lillian and David M. Stewart Scholar in Water Resources, Director of the Integrated Water Resources Management Program, and the Associate Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management.

Murray Clamen is a registered professional engineer with extensive experience in international water resource studies and environmental assessments. He is the past Secretary of the Canadian Section of the International Joint Commission (IJC). His career has included experience in the private sector with consulting engineering and research firms in QuĂ©bec and British Columbia and a total of 33 years in the Federal Public Service; 30 years with the IJC, and three with Environment Canada.  Dr Clamen is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University.

Eduardo Ganem Cuenca is a Project Manager in the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University. His projects include several research contracts and grants in agricultural water management and food security. He is also in charge of developing and implementing professional development programs within the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to create ongoing learning opportunities in the  environmental, agricultural, and water sectors. He holds an MSc in integrated water resources management.

Wietske Medema is a Post-doctoral Fellow and the Associate Director of the Integrated Water Resources Management Program at McGill University. After working for four years in Sri Lanka, involved in water and environmental projects in the areas of institutional development, capacity building and multi-stakeholder participation, she completed a PhD at Cranfield University in the UK. Dr. Medema's research at McGill focuses on achieving sustainable water resources management policy and practice through multi-stakeholder collaboration and social learning processes.

Kate Reilly is a PhD student at McGill University, focusing on implementation of environmental flow policies for ecosystem restoration and provision of ecosystem services. She holds an MSc in integrated water resources management, and has professional experience in European consulting firms, specialising in analysis of biodiversity policies, water quality and hydroecology.

Interested in applying?

Please contact kate [dot] reillyatmail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Kate Reilly) before registering to assess your suitability for this course. Once the course facilitators have assessed your suitability, they will inform you to proceed with your registration.


$1,200 (Canadian dollars).  The cost includes all applicable sales tax(es).

How to register

To register, please click on the REGISTER button found below on this page after you have been contacted by one of the course facilitators.

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations made before thirty (30) days from the date of registration, a refund will be issued, less a $100 administration fee. No refunds can be made after the course start date.

No refund will be issued after thirty (30) days from the date of registration, however suitable participation substitution is permitted.

All requests must be submitted in writing to: eduardo [dot] ganemcuencaatmcgill [dot] ca (CPD@Mac).

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences reserves the right to cancel the course up to five (5) days prior to its start.