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332 Water Conservation &

Management: Assess

Resources & Challenges,

Research Solutions,

Empower Communities

Community Scale Water Harvesting, Watershed Management, Rainwater Harvesting.

A shortage of water or unreliable access to water is one of the biggest issues in development. Learn how to design sustainable, impact-oriented water management projects.

What? An 8 week, self-paced training program where you will each continue the development of your development project. Each one of the assignments will be a concrete step in preparing your project for launch and eventual community takeover. By the end of the 6 weeks, you will have developed a water management plan and organized a community-based Water Conservation and Management Committee.

Learn by doing. The solutions that students have been developing include designing a community-based water use management plan. Community members will first develop a participatory mapping of water resources and uses, and then consult with a water management expert to develop a participatory process and training program for launching the water use management plan.

How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. The course will lead you through the continued development of your project by working closely with and engaging community members.
2. For long-term sustainability you will consult with a water management expert to develop a participatory process and training program for developing the water use management plan.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for nonprofit and development professionals working in areas such as food security, watershed management, agriculture, the environment, sustainable development, or DRR—and who want to develop practitioner-level skills. If you are a grant writer, nonprofit staff member, consultant, project manager—or an executive director—you will develop real skills mastery.

2. This course is just as relevant to a person considering a career transition into the development world and wanting to develop employable skills.

8 Weeks: Develop a real world project.
Week 1. Contact a water management expert. Develop a participatory process and training program.
2. Community workshop on participatory mapping of water resources & challenges.
Week 3. Organize a community-based Water Conservation and Management Committee.
Week 4. Design Technique: Environmental Restoration.
Week 5. Design Technique: Water Harvesting.
Week 6. Planning for Water Conservation.
Week 7. Workshop Planning on a water conservation/management technique.
Week 8. Facilitate the capacity building workshop in the field.

What Participants Say: “Dear Tim, Greetings from Kenya. Thanks a million Tim for the great touch you gave to our week 2 homework and all the great comments and advice.  We have been greatly helped and are happy to move with this as our final copy for now.

Thanks for your words of encouragement and for all the support you are giving us on this course. Frankly speaking eLearning is very interesting and am happy to be part of this class.

By the end of the course, I will be very knowledgeable. Thank you. Margaret Kisulu, Executive Director, BIDII, Kenya

Learn Water Conservation & Management. Take this course to fully empower a community to manage their water resources.

Real human help:
This training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, has over 40 years experience working with nonprofits. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation and is a Co-Founder of Seattle Tilth: An Urban Agricultural Center.

Click on this link to see the Full Course Description and Course Syllabus.


Simply choose whether you wish to audit the course or work with a live teacher—and then click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

This course has a prerequisite: OL 102 Sustainable Development Projects 2, or OL 342 Climate Change Adaptation 2, or OL 202 Designing and Funding Non Profit Programs 2. Why are there prerequisites?

Online: Audit this course 100% online. You will have complete access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and lessons as in the live teacher program—for 8 weeks.

Teacher Led: Take this course with a live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below. Certificate: Turn in the 8 assignments and you will receive a PDF Certificate. Your course teacher will offer professional comments and encouragement for your assignments.

What You Will Get:

Job Ready Skills: Learn more about this project-based, active learning program in this in-depth description and detailed syllabus.

Job-focused content includes:
8 PDF Detailed Assignments
8PDF In-depth Discussions
8 MS Word Completed Assignment Templates for you to personalize to become your own assignment for submittal.
Over 50 Word, Excel and PDF additional resources to download that contain learning guides, studies—and project templates.

Welcome Students!


Welcome to your course dashboard! From this page, you can access all of the course lessons and resources.

Please read the entire section “Download Course Resources and Student Home Page” just below to learn how you can get the most benefit from this course and have a good time too!

If you are a 100% online ($40) student who is auditing the course, please continue at your own pace.

If you are a participant in the live teacher program, please submit your assignments by uploading them at each individual assignment module on a weekly basis as described in the Student Home Page.

Save your completed assignment using the format described in Email and Homework Etiquette. This is important and you must follow the instructions. Then, upload the assignment. I will be notified of your submission.

I will review each one of your assignments, offer suggestions and comments, and send it back to you. Then you can proceed to the next assignment.

Some of the modules below, such as Discussions, are simply informational and you don’t need to submit anything.

However, you still need to mark them as completed at the bottom in order to proceed forward to the next module.

I look forward to working with you!

Tim Magee