TRAINING COURSE ON ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT
The 5th GLOBAQUA project training course was hosted by ATHENA on the 22nd and 23rd February 2018. The course - which was delivered under the auspices of the UN SDSN Greece (www.unsdsn.gr) - was held at the ATHENA premises in Athens, Greece. The course introduced the basic principles of resource economics related to water in the context of the Water Framework Directive, the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment and Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030. Sessions covered topics such as economic instruments for sustainable water management, market and non-market valuation techniques, uncertainty and risk implications for water management, political economy of freshwater, and participatory approaches to water management. In addition to taught seminars by the ATHENA and ICRE8 teams from Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, Dr. Ebun Akinsete, Dr. Stella Tsani and Dr. Achilleas Vasillopoulos, there were also keynote lectures from Prof. Nikitas Pittis, Prof. Andreas Papandreou and Prof. Nick Vouvoulis on the topics of Long-term discounting and uncertainty, sustainable water management under climate change, and systems thinking in water management respectively. The two-day programme was well attended by a range of participants from various fields of work in academia as well as industry practitioners and students.
Interactive Session on Participatory Approaches to Ecosystem Services Valuation