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CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND WATER GOVERNANCE: THE NEW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PARADIGM

CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND WATER GOVERNANCE: THE NEW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PARADIGM

Free course

13 September to 19 September 2021

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Circular economy is an economic concept that is related to sustainability and aims to keep products, materials and resources (water, paper, energy) value for a long time in economy and to minimise waste generation. This course will present some contemporary ideas for water reuse as a basis for circular economy. Circular economy is a growing internationally accepted concept, which is directly linked to sustainability, as its main objective is to reduce waste generation to a minimum.

For the water sector, the concept of circular economy is specified in making the technical cycle of water use as similar as possible to its natural hydrological cycle.

Regarding water governance, it can be explained as the study of regulation of activities to obtain water resources through non-conventional methods such as desalination, purification and reuse of water. It also examines in depth the regulatory instruments of major infrastructures that make it possible to achieve water balances between Spanish demarcations, such as transfers. Therefore, students are expected to be familiar with the main basic concept related to water governance.

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OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course, students should be familiar with the concept of a new, non-linear, circular economy based on the principles of closing the life cycle of products, services, waste, materials, water and energy.

SYLLABUS

  • Introduction
  • Circular economy in the water sector
  • Challenges in implementing EU Regulation in all Member States
  • Financial challenges
  • Water governance concepts and tools
  • Conclusions

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COURSE

  • Start date: 13 September 2021
  • Modality: 100% online, materials and videos will be uploaded to the virtual campus.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Schedule: At your own pace
  • Price: Free of charge
  • End date: 19 September 2021 (deadline for accessing materials)

WORKING MATERIALS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

The content of this course (reading and audio/video material) will be uploaded to the virtual campus and will be available to students for a period of one week.

METHODOLOGY AND SCHEDULE

In addition to the online video material provided, students will have the opportunity to extend their knowledge through further reading. Reading, in fact, is mandatory to achieve full understanding of the course. Furthermore, there will be two individual 5 question assignments, which will be necessary for students to progress and move on to the next chapter of the course.

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The TWIST Project is co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe Program through the European Regional Development Fund. TWIST - Nº SOE2/P1/E0506