Training Courses

Regional Training Workshop on Environmental Flows
Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India): 6-11 December 2012

Theme: Factoring Environmental Flows into Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

Organised Jointly with the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore (India) and SaciWaters, Hyderabad and
Supported by Cap-Net, Pretoria (South Africa) – (www.

In recent years, there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of Environmental Flows for sustaining the ecological integrity of the riverine ecosystems, and their ecosystem services together with the human livelihoods as well as to ensure upstream-downstream, and intra- and intergenerational equity. There is a growing need to sensitize and educate the water resource managers about the environmental flows, their importance and currently available methods for assessment and provision of environmental flows in their projects.
The goal of the Training Workshop is to educate the water resource managers (both researchers and practitioners) about (i) the importance of environmental flows in the broader framework of Aquatic Ecosystem Goods and Services, and (ii) the Approaches and Methods for EF assessments. The specific objective of the Training Workshop is to bring together researchers in the field of river ecosystems and the water resource managers (from different disciplines) for intensive interaction on all scientific, socio-economic, policy and institutional issues concerning environmental flow and to discuss the requirements for assessment and implementation of the EF in water resource management projects.

Tentatively, the topics to be covered are;
Introduction to river ecosystems and their good and services
Impacts of flow alteration on river ecosystems
The concept of Environmental Flows
Economic, socio-cultural and livelihood impacts of flow alteration
Methods of EF Assessment – Hydrological, Hydraulic, habitat Simulation and Holistic methods and their variants, with a discussion of their relative merits
Case studies from the region

The training will comprise of
* invited Lectures by experts on rivers and aquatic ecosystems, environmental flows,
* Offered presentations and case studies from the region
* Presentations from the trainee participants about their experiences
* Field visit and discussion on the field observations

Who Should Attend?
The course is targeted at early to mid-career Professionals, Policy makers and Researchers (both Government and Corporate sectors) in the area of Water Resources Management. They include individuals responsible for preparing DPRs, designing and implementation of hydropower projects and other water resource development projects, environmental consultants engaged in the area; researchers and educators in the fields of river ecology and riverine fisheries, water resource engineering and IWRM, and NGOs,

COURSE FEES (Before 31 October 2012)
Indian participants: Rs 12,000
Overseas Participants: US$ 250

The Course Fee includes: Course material and Background documents, copies of presentations, field trip, lunch , tea/coffee during breaks. The Fee does NOT include: Travel to the Venue & back (except field trip); Accommodation and meals other than specified above, and any other personal expenses.

For further details and an Application Form, download here the Announcement.


Short-term Practical Training on Writing Scientific Papers

Recognising the problem of young Indian researchers with publishing their research papers in peer reviewed quality journals that has now become a major requirement f or advancement in their careers, and the fact that only rarely the r esearchers at postgraduate or doctoral level are offered a minimal training and guidance into the methodology of research and presentation of results of their studies, the National Institute of Ecology has decided to organise short-term training courses on writing scientific papers and making presentations for young researchers in universities and research institutes.

The course is planned to be organised in different cities/universities/research institutes where a group of at least 20 scholars is interested in it. It is proposed to involve one senior faculty member as local coordinator. The hosting institution will be considered as a co-organiser, if it so agrees.
Dates for the course will be decided in consultation with the participants.
For further details, please download a detailed announcement and/or a Poster