Water Resources Management

, Volume 30, Issue 10, pp 3409–3426 | Cite as

Recommendations for Capacity Development in Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Management in Latin America

  • Helge Bormann
  • Jürgen Steinbrecher
  • Ingrid Althoff
  • Hubert Roth
  • Julian Baez
  • Carlos Frank
  • Mariana Gonzalez
  • Carlos Huenchuleo
  • Lisa Lugo
  • Ricardo Mata
  • Manuela M. Portela
  • José M. Reichert
  • Miriam F. Rodrigues
  • Ismael Sanchez
Article

Abstract

Socioeconomic development often causes environmental and water related problems. Any solution requires knowledge, willingness and sufficient financial and technical means. Such capacity is limited in many developing and threshold countries. To identify opportunities for strengthening capacity in water and environmental management, we analysed University curricula, identified synergies between Universities and practice, explored the potential of vocational training and awareness raising, and developed regional concepts for risk communication. The results present ways how Universities can make capacity development in the water sector in Latin America more efficient. We recommend to modernize curricula, to strengthen vocational training, to intensify public involvement and cooperation with practice, and provide methodological advice for implementation.

Keywords

Capacity development Water resources engineering Water management Latin America Universities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Helge Bormann
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jürgen Steinbrecher
    • 2
  • Ingrid Althoff
    • 2
  • Hubert Roth
    • 2
  • Julian Baez
    • 3
  • Carlos Frank
    • 4
  • Mariana Gonzalez
    • 4
  • Carlos Huenchuleo
    • 5
  • Lisa Lugo
    • 3
  • Ricardo Mata
    • 6
  • Manuela M. Portela
    • 7
  • José M. Reichert
    • 8
  • Miriam F. Rodrigues
    • 8
  • Ismael Sanchez
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Research and Knowledge TransferJade University of Applied SciencesOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Science and TechnologyUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany
  3. 3.Centro de Tecnología ApropiadaUniversidad Católica Nuestra Señora de la AsunciónAsunciónParaguay
  4. 4.Facultad Regional Bahía BlancaUniversidad Tecnológica NacionalBahía BlancaArgentina
  5. 5.Escuela de AgronomíaPontificia Universidad Católica de ValparaísoValparaisoChile
  6. 6.Departamento de Ciencias Energéticas y FluídicasUniversidad Centroamericana José Simeón CañasSan SalvadorEl Salvador
  7. 7.Instituto Superior TécnicoUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  8. 8.Centro de Ciências RuraisUniversidade Federal de Santa MariaSanta MariaBrazil

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