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IWRM Train the Trainers Workshop at IUB, Bangladesh.

In cooperation with the School of Environmental Science and Management (SESM) at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) the ITT organized a “Training of Trainers Workshop on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)” at IUB. In five days experts and faculty members from the ITT; the SESM IUB; the University of Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; the University of Khartoum, Sudan; and the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources, Vietnam were trained on innovative learning methods including an e-learning tool as well as developing relevant learning outcomes and effective assessment for IWRM courses. With the help of several case studies the concepts, policies, tools and issues presented in the IWRM modules and problem and research-based learning in IWRM were illustrated. The participants presented some of the on-going IWRM capacity building initiatives undertaken in their respective countries, proposed follow-up plans for translating, customizing and disseminating the manuals at national level and had the chance to carry out a brief participatory discussion in a field situation on a boat trip from Ashulia to Sadarghat.

With those activities the training did not only give the participants the chance to exchange their personal skills, knowledge and approaches but also to understand some of the common challenges they encounter as an educator. This way this consultative workshop enabled the participants to effectively contribute towards achieving the principles of IWRM in the future and strengthened the relationship between the partners from various countries and contexts.

The workshop was inaugurated by Professor M. Omar Rahman (Honorable Vice Chancellor, Independent University, Bangladesh) and facilitated by Susanne Glaeser (Team Leader, Center for Teaching Development at TH Cologne, Germany) and Günther Straub (Coordinator, Center for Natural Resources and Development, Germany).

Additionally, opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Saleemul Huq (Director, International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at IUB) and Dr. Md. Abdul Khaleque (Dean, SESM, IUB) outlined the key components of the CNRD-IUB partnership and set emphasis on the importance of the training. A keynote speech was presented by Dr. Mashfiqus Salehin (Professor, Institute of Flood and Water Management at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)) in which he delineated the current IWRM practices and challenges in Bangladesh.

The training was supported by the Centers for Natural Resources and Development (CNRD) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). CNRD is a network of 32 Universities across the world, including IUB, promoting academic exchange and cooperation in the area of natural resources management, in particular related to water, land, ecosystem and renewable energy resources.

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