Recommendations for Capacity Development in Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Management in Latin America

Helge Bormann, Jürgen Steinbrecher, Ingrid Althoff, Hubert Roth, Julian Baez, Carlos Frank, Mariana Gonzalez, Carlos Huenchuleo, Lisa Lugo, Ricardo Mata, Manuela M. Portela, José M. Reichert, Miriam F. Rodrigues, Ismael Sanchez

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Abstract

Socioeconomic development often causes environmental and water related problems. Any solution requires knowledge, willingness and sufficient financial and technical means. Such capacity is limited in many developing and threshold countries. To identify opportunities for strengthening capacity in water and environmental management, we analysed University curricula, identified synergies between Universities and practice, explored the potential of vocational training and awareness raising, and developed regional concepts for risk communication. The results present ways how Universities can make capacity development in the water sector in Latin America more efficient. We recommend to modernize curricula, to strengthen vocational training, to intensify public involvement and cooperation with practice, and provide methodological advice for implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3409-3426
Number of pages18
JournalWater Resources Management
Volume30
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Capacity development
  • Latin America
  • Universities
  • Water management
  • Water resources engineering

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