In 2018, UNU-INWEH launches its new policy report series. UNU-INWEH Reports address global water issues, gaps and challenges that decision makers face in achieving improving access to and management of water resources. The series presents original research on specific subjects, as well as synthesis, critical review and analysis of global problems. Reports are externally peer-reviewed and published as open access public goods, freely available to inform policy approaches and debates on water, environment and health issues.
Capacity Development in the Water Sector: the case of Massive Open On-line Courses
Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOCs) are effective resources to build the capacity of professionals in the water, environment and health sectors, and especially attractive for opening access to new knowledge to developing country professionals.
The MOOC movement is well established but less well-known in some circles, as it falls between standard skills training and recognized certificate courses. This report provides perspectives on the potential of MOOCs as a long-term capacity development tool and examines how they can add value to professional development in the water sector.
Global Barriers To Improving Water Quality: A Critical Review
The SDG water targets set the targets for countries to meet the sustainable development challenges of the coming decades. While the goal of improving the quality of water is a worthy objective, policy makers and planners will face practical issues to put them into action. This is especially important for low-income countries, the areas with the poorest water quality.
To deliver on water SDGs for their populations, these countries must address:
• Monitoring and reporting water quality data
• Reducing pollution
• Socioeconomic and policy constraints
This report presents practical perspectives on this how decision makers can reduce these barriers, or develop realistic goals that fit with the SGD water targets.
The Cryosphere: Changes and Impacts on the Environment and Human Activities