Integrated Water Management consists of three pillars: integration of knowledge, efficiency of organization and planning and finally integration of jurisdiction. These three aspects are dealt with during this course. The functioning of the physical water system is the framework that defines the preconditions for the use of the system. The course includes a comprehensive overview of worldwide water issues. To understand the impact of human activities on the water system, the functioning of the water system is studied with the focus on the interrelations between different structures and processes of the water physical water system as well as the relation of the water chain to it. The definition of goals and the whole planning procedure at different levels forms part two. The legislative framework and the recent evolutions in water policy are explained with emphasis on the European Water Framework Directive and the Flemish Decree on Integrated Water Policy. The integration of the three pillars is applied in the development of basin management plans.
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