Course « Water Economics »

When, local time: 
Monday, 3 August 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, 7 August 2015 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Uruguay, Montevideo
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Natalia Uribe n.uribe-pando@unesco.org

The course “Water Economics” is organised by the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and will be held from 3 to 7 August 2015 at the Spanish Cooperation Training Centre in Montevideo, Uruguay. The course aims to strengthen the capacities of strategic actors on the economic and financial instruments for water resources management. It is intended for technicians and professionals from various institutions belonging to the Conference of Iberian-American Directors of Water (CODIA), as well as for professionals from other institutions whose work is related to water resources’ management.
The course « Water Economics » will be held from 3 to 7 August 2015 at the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID) in Montevideo, Uruguay. It is the result of collaboration between the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the Conference of Iberian-American Directors of Water (CODIA), with the support of AECID. The course will be an opportunity for the participating experts and teachers to strengthen their knowledge and their capacity in the proper management of water resources.

The content of the course explores Principle 4 of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), which asserts that “Water has an economic value in all its competing uses and should be recognized as an economic good”. This principle is controversial and requires a deep analysis for its constructive interpretation and application. Valuing water does not mean its sale or its privatization: it is part of a set of tools which aim at its equitable and integrated management.

The course will be taught by a team of experts with different backgrounds, which strengthen its interdisciplinary character. The teachers are: Mario Isaac Schreider (water resources Engineer, Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL), Argentina); Armando Llop (agricultural economy Engineer, National Water Institute, Uruguay); Carlos Mario Gómez (PhD in Economics, University of Alcalá, Madrid); Eduardo Alejandro Comellas (PhD in "Sustainable Development and Land Management", National University of Cuyo).
The objectives of the course are:
• To familiarize participants with the basic methodologies used in the economics of natural resources.
• To identify the impact of institutional frameworks in the behavior of economic agents.
• Strengthen the skills of participants in using various methods for the assessment of environmental impacts.
• Strengthen the capacity of participants in dealing with specific issues in an interdisciplinary way.

The course is intended for technicians and professionals from various institutions belonging to the Conference of Iberian-American Directors of Water (CODIA), as well as for professionals from other institutions whose work is related to water resources’ management.