About Us

The WVLC Programme for East African water professionals was developed from the existing Lake Victoria Training Programme (LVTP) on Conservation and Management of Tropical Freshwater Ecosystems (lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, reservoirs, and groundwater).

As part of regional customization of courses 1-4 materials, the Faculty members and Coordinator have modified and customized the courses to optimize their relevance for the East African region using, for example, Lake Victoria as a case study.

The overview course (Module 1) and introductory session to the rest of the course modules that involved an initial full-time attendance was conducted in December 2007.
This “face to face” interactions between mentors and students covered a broad spectrum of concepts and knowledge of IWRM such as human and institutional capacities, hydrological cycles, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems concepts and functioning as well as climate change impacts and mitigation options (see the report on module 1 (overview) session).

Based on the specific and targeted demand by the students during the introductory session, the Faculty members and the Coordinator have developed/customized the following course materials for the students. These include basic limnology of lakes, rivers and streams; water, air and sediment chemistry (aquatic geochemistry); fisheries biology and ecology; environmental water management; case study of Lake Victoria water resources, environment and management, and water quality design and management as well as effects of global warming on water resources, and assessment of water resources vulnerability to climate/environmental change in East Africa. All these additional materials have been made available to the students and posted on the website. Several mechanisms have been put in place for students testing and evaluation such as quizzes for self evaluation at appropriate intervals in each course.

The UN “Virtual Learning Center for Water” was developed by UNU/INWEH in cooperation with UN-DESA.  It is a year-long training curriculum on IWRM, together with the supporting information technology system.  The WVLC is the first time an effort has been made to produce and implement such a comprehensive IWRM program using regional partners (such as the University of Nairobi) as the prime delivery mechanism. This programme structure is far superior to the usual “short course” delivery model, often “prepackaged” and inadequately delivered by “northern” personnel.

The curriculum offers broad-based coverage of the principles and practices of IWRM, providing the students with core knowledge in the natural sciences, engineering, health, governance, public administration, social sciences, economics, resource conservation, strategic planning, as well as practical aspects of project management.  The program consists of a full 10-course, 250-hour curriculum on all aspects of IWRM and includes a final course that will concentrate on practical regional implementation of IWRM techniques and procedures.  Upon successful completion of the program, the participants will receive a United Nations University Diploma in Integrated Water Resource Management, the first ever offered by UNU.

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UNU in partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)



Prof Eric Odada- Course Director


Partnership with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)