Learn from the Experts
Get the knowledge, skills, and frameworks to more deeply understand hazards and risks associated with water. Whether you are a decision-maker in the corporate or private sector, an analyst, lawyer, activist or interested individual, the Certificate Program in Water Risk Management for the Private Sector can help guide you, and the organization you work for, toward better management of water.
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Water is life
Water is the incipient issue of 21st century sustainable development. Water is at once environmental, social and economic.
From an environmental and social perspective, water challenges present themselves in many ways, some of which include: floods, droughts, lack of access to clean water and sanitation, the need for conservation and more.
Change the world
What more and more decision-makers in business –- and those in the public and nonprofit who that interact with them– are coming to understand is that hazards and risks associated with water and water’s effective management are unique and complex.
Getting the fundamentals right means asking the right questions about right risks in the first place. And, effectively managing water risks is key to organizational wellbeing, and more, to a shared and positive quality of life, now and for the future.
Effectively managing the hazards and risks for water is about both short and long term water security.
This Certificate Program is for you
If you would like to understand the business case for addressing water and water management from the point of view of business risk and opportunities; to learn from experts who regularly work on these issues, from a practical point-of- view as well as that of research and applied research; to learn about potential decision-making outcomes through innovative, web-based tool showing you the potential consequences of your water management choices; and to apply what you have learned to your organization, for more positive, proactive management of risks associated with water, this Certificate Program is for you.
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What is a Whetu course like?
Typically, after each lesson there will be a problem set with questions for you to confirm what you’ve leaned.
Whetu and the Columbia Water Center have intentionally designed the Certificate Program as an integrated and holistic approach focused through a series of critical questions about water, and its associated risks and opportunities. The questions are captured under six themes with the seventh as a culminating, innovative decision-making exercise that can be applied in real-world setting.
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The Columbia Water Center
Founded in 2008, The Columbia Water Center’s mission is to creatively tackle water challenges of a rapidly changing world where water and climate interact with food, energy, ecosystems and urbanization.
Headed by Dr. Upmanu Lall of Columbia University, CWC brings together a group of renowned faculty, student and postdoctoral researchers as well as external collaborators to work on innovative solutions to water problems.
Recognizing the public and private sector roles and opportunities, and the unique water, climate and socio-economic settings around the world, CWC stresses analytics at multiple scales, from technologies at the farm level, to new systems-level thinking in the design of urban smart water grids, reservoir and groundwater operations, ecosystems restoration, water-informed agriculture and food procurement and national and regional water policy. Sophisticated water demand/supply and flood forecasts using climate information and their integration with financial risk management instruments are also central to the Center’s work.
Courses in Whetu have been designed to help you solve shared challenges. There is a wide variety of courses on many different topics