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Online Training Programme on Tools for Mainstreaming Blue Green Spaces and Infrastructure


Cities are growing in size, space and economy. However, cities today are facing multiple challenges, emerging from an ever increasing demand for services, crumbling infrastructure and climate change. In this context, it is imperative to mainstream the concept and strategies of Green Infrastructure (GI) with Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning (WSUDP).

However, despite numerous benefits of GI & WSUDP, its wider implementation faces a number of challenges, such as lack of awareness by decision-makers and rigid regulatory or funding policies that stipulate traditional grey approaches. Also, there is a need for agreed methodologies for cost-benefit analyses that would enable a full comparison of grey and blue-green spaces / infrastructure options.

CSE published India’s first Practitioner’s Guide(s) on Green Infrastructure and Water Sensitive Urban Design and Planning; including an Urban Water Sustainability Template in 2017, commissioned by the Central Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. The guides aim at mainstreaming reforms and capacity building of state / municipal functionaries and others involved in the advocacy for sustainable urban water management in India cities. Various global institutions have also developed tools and approaches in this direction to help cities and towns, and their regions, to be sustainable, resilient, productive, and liveable and water sensitive.

The School of Water and Waste (SW&W) is a capacity building initiative of CSE that aims to establish policy principles, innovative technologies, and implementation strategies for city wide water and sanitation management, which will lay the foundations for a water and waste-prudent society.

The course features technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies, and other audio and reading material. The training focuses on roll out and testing of various tools which help in mainstreaming the concept and strategies of blue green Infrastructure.

Aim
The aim of the training is to create change-agents in the urban water management sector, who will have in-depth understanding of key tools and approaches for mainstreaming blue green infrastructure.

Objectives

  • Overview of blue green infrastructure approach.
  • Understanding and state of art tools developed for in global south like Water Sensitive Cities Index developed by CRCWSC.
  • BlueHealth Tools: Behavioural Assessment Tool (BBAT), Environmental Assessment Tool (BEAT), Community Level Survey (BCLS)
  • Roll out, test and contextualisation of the tools in local / regional context vis-à-vis upcoming policy, programmes and projects.




Cities in the global south are growing and expanding rapidly. Rapid, unplanned urban growth leads to its own set of problems. Our fresh water sources are reducing, cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated and groundwater exploitation is rampant. Floods in Chennai and Mumbaiand drying cities like Cape Town and Dar E Salam over therecent past have been devastating for human life and property. Experts identify increased unplanned urban growth, grey infrastructure and reduced green spaces as the major root causes tomany of these issues.

Green Infrastructure thus provides a new concept - a ‘smart’ method for natural conservation and urban planning. It is high time we realize that ecosystems are not a frill but a necessity.

Augmenting urban green infrastructure is considered to be an effective approach to reduce the adverse impact of urbanization on the hydrological cycle. They improve natural water systems in cities and dampen peak flows from storms that frequently lead to flooding in our cities to help create more water sensitive cities. Expansion of urban green infrastructure interventions is not only an economical and environmentally-friendly approach to deal with storm water runoff and urban flooding, but can also improve the resilience and sustainability of cities.

CSE - School of Water and Waste in partnership with the University of West England are jointly organizing this online course. The course aims to build basic orientation of practitioners on GI and eventually build a community of practice who can successfully work towards designing and implementing green infrastructure interventions in town/ cities.

Purpose

To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of green infrastructure for improved urban water management at their own comfort and pace.

Objectives

  1. Define and conceptualize green infrastructure for water resource management in urban areas
  2. Provide an overview of the current problems with water infrastructure
  3. Understand the GI approach and strategies for analyses with regard to planning for different urban typologies
  4. Recognize scope for GI interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  5. Understand and apply case studies in support of GI principles across the world 

Aim of the Course

The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management system. 

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

Have an understanding of the treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM, and how they interact

Comprehend the importance of proper sludge characterisation for optimal collection and transport, treatment and reuse

Apply engineering fundamentals to design systems for management and treatment of faecal sludge

Learn about state of the art advocacy tools like Shit Flow Diagram

Place FSM in an urban sanitation context for sustainable and feasible planning of FSM systems


Course

This is the Second e-learning course dedicated to faecal sludge management. It compiles the current state of knowledge of this rapidly evolving field and presents an integrated approach that includes technology, management and planning. It addresses the planning and organization of the entire faecal sludge management service chain, from the collection and transport of sludge and its treatment options, to the final end use or disposal of treated sludge.


Participant's Benefits

On successful enrolment

>> One year free subscription to CSE’s fortnightly magazine Down To Earth

>> Become member of Global FSM e-learning Alliance

Top 20 participants will get 50% refund of fees

Top 5 participants will get chance to participate in CSE workshop


Global e-learning Alliance

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.


Partners

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.



Cities in the global south are spiraling. Our climate is changing, making cities more prone to extreme rain events and floods while water scarcity and pollution continue to grow. Ground water, lakes and rivers are exhaustively overdrawn. For example, a CSE study showed that 48% of urban water supply in India is met by ground water resources yet no city in the country has adequate water supply. Fresh water sources are reducing due to rapid urban expansion. Cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated. 

The course will provide a holistic perspective on today’s urban water scenario and emphasize the need to move towards a water secure future. It will help practitioners and decision makers with various other commitments improve their subject-knowledge in their own time, using a highly supportive and interactive learning platform.

Purpose
To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of improved urban water management at their own comfort.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify gaps in water provision, access and governance
  • Recognize the various external and internal stresses and shocks to water bodies in a city
  • Indicate the current problems with water infrastructure
  • Illustrate the increasing scope of a decentralised approach to water management
  • Demonstrate inequity in access and pricing of water in a city
  • Suggest scope for interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  • Identify tools and approaches for urban water management

Content:
The course will consist of the following modules:
Module I: Water and Development – Understanding present complexities 
Module II:Overview of Urban Water Governance – Alternative reforms  
Module III: Basic Principles of Nature-based Urban Water Management
Module IV: Introduction to Tools and Approaches to operationalize interventions


Introduction

Recently conducted 'SFD Week - Designing and Implementing Sustainable Sanitation for All'. A three-day conclave on sanitation, imparting knowledge on the importance of mapping faecal sludge, how SFDs done so far, have resulted in achieving advocacy and to learn from experiences and help cities move beyond open defecation free (ODF) for citywide sanitation. The conclave was supported by International Water Association (IWA), Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) and National Faecal Sludge and Septage Management Alliance (NFSSM). 

The fate of excreta produced by urban populations across the globe is often poorly understood. Particularly in low- and middle-income countries with rapidly expanding cities, excreta management represents a growing challenge; generating significant negative public health and environmental risks.

Solving the sanitation crisis is, therefore, a challenge and opportunity in need of cross-sectoral communication, and facilitating such communication requires a new language and new communication tools. One of the tools used to inform stakeholders from a range of backgrounds on citywide sanitation conditions is known colloquially as the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD), which often form a crucial basis for discussion among a wide range of urban agencies on future steps towards better urban sanitation for all. 

SFD (excreta flow diagram) is a visualization tool that summarizes complex information into an easy-to-understand graphic, as it simply shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation chain. SFDs are increasingly being used to analyze the sanitation situation in urban areas.

To know more about SFDs, click here

The online course 

The e-course will provide hand on experience to state and non-state actors to prepare SFD for towns and cities. The course will give you the necessary knowledge to describe what an SFD could be used for, prepare your own SFD and use the tools and methods used for preparation of SFD graphic and report.

Aim of course

To provide hands on experience to participants on how to prepare SFD for towns and cities.

Target audience

This training is intended for anyone who wishes to prepare an SFD report for a town or a city. Whether you are working for a local, regional or national government, an NGO, a University, or if you are just interested in learning more about SFDs, this training is for you.

Learning outcomes

  • Improved understanding of SFDs as advocacy, monitoring and planning tool
  • Acquaintance with the methodology of data collection and analysis
  • Enhanced knowledge on terms, jargons and variables used in the sanitation value chain
  • Hands on experience on using graphic generator to develop SFD



Cities in the global south are spiraling. Our climate is changing, making cities more prone to extreme rain events and floods while water scarcity and pollution continue to grow. Ground water, lakes and rivers are exhaustively overdrawn. For example, a CSE study showed that 48% of urban water supply in India is met by ground water resources yet no city in the country has adequate water supply. Fresh water sources are reducing due to rapid urban expansion. Cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated. 

The course will provide a holistic perspective on today’s urban water scenario and emphasize the need to move towards a water secure future. It will help practitioners and decision makers with various other commitments improve their subject-knowledge in their own time, using a highly supportive and interactive learning platform.

Purpose
To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of improved urban water management at their own comfort.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify gaps in water provision, access and governance
  • Recognize the various external and internal stresses and shocks to water bodies in a city
  • Indicate the current problems with water infrastructure
  • Illustrate the increasing scope of a decentralised approach to water management
  • Demonstrate inequity in access and pricing of water in a city
  • Suggest scope for interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  • Identify tools and approaches for urban water management

Content:
The course will consist of the following modules:
Module I: Water and Development – Understanding present complexities 
Module II:Overview of Urban Water Governance – Alternative reforms  
Module III: Basic Principles of Nature-based Urban Water Management
Module IV: Introduction to Tools and Approaches to operationalize interventions

Coursework
The course comprises of self-study, technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies from various countries, interviews with experts, inspirational talks, and other audio material. It will facilitate interaction amongst participants through online forums and discussions. Also, it will be interactive with several interesting assessment exercises and quizzes. Participants will also get a chance to interact and learn from experts at CSE through online interactions and a webinar.


Introduction

The fate of excreta produced by urban populations across the globe is often poorly understood. Particularly in low- and middle-income countries with rapidly expanding cities, excreta management represents a growing challenge; generating significant negative public health and environmental risks.

Solving the sanitation crisis is, therefore, a challenge and opportunity in need of cross-sectoral communication, and facilitating such communication requires a new language and new communication tools. One of the tools used to inform stakeholders from a range of backgrounds on citywide sanitation conditions is known colloquially as the Shit Flow Diagram (SFD), which often form a crucial basis for discussion among a wide range of urban agencies on future steps towards better urban sanitation for all. 

SFD (excreta flow diagram) is a visualization tool that summarizes complex information into an easy-to-understand graphic, as it simply shows how excreta is or is not contained along the sanitation chain. SFDs are increasingly being used to analyze the sanitation situation in urban areas.

To know more about SFDs, click here

The online course 

The e-course will provide hand on experience to state and non-state actors to prepare SFD for towns and cities. The course will give you the necessary knowledge to describe what an SFD could be used for, prepare your own SFD and use the tools and methods used for preparation of SFD graphic and report.

Aim of course

To provide hands on experience to participants on how to prepare SFD for towns and cities.

Target audience

This training is intended for anyone who wishes to prepare an SFD report for a town or a city. Whether you are working for a local, regional or national government, an NGO, a University, or if you are just interested in learning more about SFDs, this training is for you.

Learning outcomes

  • Improved understanding of SFDs as advocacy, monitoring and planning tool
  • Acquaintance with the methodology of data collection and analysis
  • Enhanced knowledge on terms, jargons and variables used in the sanitation value chain
  • Hands on experience on using graphic generator to develop SFD

The SFD Promotion Initiative

The main objective of the SFD Promotion Initiative is to continue further development of the SFD approach. This approach includes standardized guidance – a methodology and tools - for the easy production of standardized SFDs, backed by a description of information sources and the enabling environment in the city concerned. 

The Steering Committee of the SFD Promotion Initiative consists of representatives from the six partner organizations –GIZWSPEAWAGUoLWEDC, and CSE. Regular monthly meetings of the Steering Committee allow for a close exchange on progress and results, ideas and experiences.


Aim of the Course

The objective of the course is to gain an understanding of all of the required aspects for the design and operation of a comprehensive faecal sludge management system. 

Course Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

Have an understanding of the treatment, management, and planning aspects related to FSM, and how they interact

Comprehend the importance of proper sludge characterisation for optimal collection and transport, treatment and reuse

Apply engineering fundamentals to design systems for management and treatment of faecal sludge

Learn about state of the art advocacy tools like Shit Flow Diagram

Place FSM in an urban sanitation context for sustainable and feasible planning of FSM systems


Course

This is the Second e-learning course dedicated to faecal sludge management. It compiles the current state of knowledge of this rapidly evolving field and presents an integrated approach that includes technology, management and planning. It addresses the planning and organization of the entire faecal sludge management service chain, from the collection and transport of sludge and its treatment options, to the final end use or disposal of treated sludge.


Participant's Benefits

On successful enrolment

>> One year free subscription to CSE’s fortnightly magazine Down To Earth

>> Become member of Global FSM e-learning Alliance

Top 20 participants will get 50% refund of fees

Top 5 participants will get chance to participate in CSE workshop


Global e-learning Alliance

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.


Partners

The Global Faecal Sludge Management e-Learning Alliance is a platform to facilitate development and empower the dissemination of knowledge on faecal sludge management (FSM) through online education, so that the sanitation challenges can be embraced with deeper insight, advanced knowledge and greater confidence. It also provides an enabling environment with a vibrant community of professionals who have completed the essential element of the alliance - the e-learning course on Faecal Sludge Management.