Wetland management trainers course, Moldova, September 2008


International Training of Trainers on Wetland Management, a course focusing on the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes and curriculum development (ICWM-TOT)

Again open for application (please note the change in dates)

Moldova, September 8 – 26, 2008

One of the difficulties identified in wetland management is the division of management responsibilities between different administrative authorities in a river basin. This often results in fragmented and competitive approaches to water resources planning and management. The management of wetlands therefore requires a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the technical, economic, environmental, social and legal aspects of water management which does not end at country borders but needs to be carried out on a river basin scale.

Aims and objectives

The primary condition for achieving integrated wetland management is the willingness of sectoral stakeholders to work together. To achieve the necessary cooperation, stakeholders in a catchment area need to be able to understand each other clearly. Steps to achieve understanding of the various views, and to explore how far such separate views can be shared, will be one of the main issues covered within the ‘International Training of Trainers on Wetland Management’ (ICWM-TOT).

The ICWM-TOT aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for curriculum development in the field of wetland management in their own region. The course will focus on the multi-stakeholder processes that play an important role in wetland management and the need for transboundary and cross-sectoral co-operation to manage the natural resources of a river basin and its wetlands.

Programme topics

  • Concepts in wetland and river basin management

    Concepts in wetland and river basin management (ecological, social and economic perspective) as well as ecosystem approach, Ramsar, CBD and other international agreements.

  • Facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes

    Multi-stakeholder processes, tools and techniques to support the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes in wetland management, public participation, stakeholder involvement in decision making and conflict management.

  • Fieldwork wetland management

    Wetland management, stakeholder analysis and public participation in practice.

  • Adult education and social learning

    Participatory learning principles, learning styles, the learning cycle, educational psychology, raising awareness.

  • Curriculum development

    Training skills, curriculum development, development of a training programme for wetland managers.

The course will be interactive with a high degree of personal contributions by the participants. Besides lectures the course will include fieldwork, technical and social excursions. The ICWM-TOT will provide the opportunity of professional networking fostered by the institutions organising the course, as a follow-up after attending the training.

Who can participate?

The ICWM-TOT has been designed for (future) trainers in wetland management. The course programme is suitable for wetland managers and land use planners, policy makers, consultants, researchers and NGO staff who have affinity with training. The course will be relevant to participants from all climatic zones, but case studies used will be based in Central and South Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation.

Requirements for admission

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • have at least a Bachelor level qualification or equivalent educational background;
  • have at least two years of professional experience;
  • be involved in wetland management and preferably; assigned to capacity building in wetland management;
  • be fluent in spoken and written English.


Participants will be granted a Certificate of Attendance.

Fees and venue

The tuition fee is € 2350. This amount excludes travel costs to Moldova, but includes administration fees, lecture materials and excursions. Participants will be accommodated in Odiseum Pension, Vadu-lui-Voda (near Chisinau). Costs for full board and lodging are not included in the tuition fee and are available upon request. They are estimated at € 50 per day.


The deadline for application directly to Wageningen International is 8 August 2008. Further information and application forms can be obtained from the website or from the address below. Please note NFP (Netherlands Fellowship Programme) is not available for this course.

Please, find this factsheet, the application form, the possibility to enroll online and information about other courses at http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/Courses/ and direct link to the ICWM-TOT: http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/newsagenda/agenda/International_Training_of_Trainers_on_wetland_management.htm

More information

Wageningen International, Wageningen UR
Capacity Development and Institutional Change Programme
P.O. Box 88, 6700 AB Wageningen, The Netherlands
tel: +31 (0)317 486 800
fax: +31 (0)317 486 801
e-mail: training.wi@wur.nl
web: http://www.cdic.wur.nl/UK/Courses/

Intl. Env. Ass. of Dniester River Keepers Moldova
e-mails: ecotiras@mtc.md; ilyatrom@mail.ru

Esther Koopmanschap
Wetland and River Basin Management

Wageningen International
Capacity Development and Institutional Change Programme
WUR building 425
P.O. Box 88 (Lawickse Allee 11)
The Netherlands
T +31 (0)317 48 68 68 (new!)
F +31 (0)317 48 68 01 (new!)
http://www.wi.wur.nl, http://www.cdic.wur.nl

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