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Challenge of Global Water Security short course now open

3 May 2022

The Challenge of Global Water Security Cardiff University

Free online course covering the Challenge of Global Water Security now open

As the need to understand, protect and manage freshwater resources intensifies, a fresh perspective on water security is needed.

Professor Isabelle Durance, Director of Cardiff University Water Research Institute, explains the growing importance of addressing the challenges facing our global freshwater resources:

There are few challenges more important than water security. We, and the generations who come after us, depend on water and freshwater ecosystems for so many aspects of life support. We must ensure that we do not overuse or pollute freshwaters to the point that both people and wildlife are at risk. This balancing act is among the most complex and urgent issues of the 21st century.

Professor Isabelle Durance Professor and Director of the Water Research Institute

The Challenge of Global Water Security has attracted over 3,000 learners worldwide since its initial launch in 2019. In a refreshed version launched on the 25th of April 2022, experts bring together a variety of perspectives on water security, including physical, biological, and social facets connecting to water security on local and global scales and what can be done to achieve water security for all.

New this year is content produced by PhD researchers at the forefront of research in freshwater bioscience and sustainability from the GW4 NERC FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training and the EPSRC Sustainable Plastics Doctoral Training Hub. New features include timely sections on microplastics, climate change drivers and their effect on water security, lessons from COP and other movements for change, as well as a closer look at freshwater ecosystems and nature-based solutions.

Over the four weeks, the short course introduces learners to the complexity of this challenge in a supported, social learning environment via FutureLearn. Through a range of short videos, case studies and interactive discussions, learners will consider how water security is being approached by grassroots movements; international organizations; and collaborations between researchers, policymakers, and resource managers in an increasingly interconnected world.

The aim of the course is to provide an interdisciplinary view of water security aimed at water research professionals, students studying science, and anyone interested in global water security.

Register today to grow your own knowledge about global water security.