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Course module: 201800017
Water Footprint Assessment
Course infoSchedule
Course module201800017
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact J.F. Schyns
Contactperson for the course H.J. Hogeboom
Lecturer H.J. Hogeboom
Lecturer J.F. Schyns
Contactperson for the course J.F. Schyns
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
At the end of the course the participant is supposed to:
  • have a vision on what is sustainable, efficient and equitable allocation and use of freshwater;
  • understand the global dimension of water use and allocation;
  • understand the common pool character of water use;
  • be able to formulate and evaluate water management strategies at river basin or national level;
  • understand the links between water management and other policy domains (e.g. spatial planning, agricultural, energy, trade and tax policies) and understand the consequences of these links for policy making;
  • be able to carry out a systematic analysis of the complex interactions between social and natural processes in a river basin;
  • be able to assess the physical, social and economic effects of specific policy interventions;
  • be able to develop management strategies in view of specific development objectives;
  • understand the institutional framework in which planning and management take place;
  • be able to carry out a Water Footprint Assessment for a country, river basin or product.
The aim of the course is that participants develop understanding of the intricate relation between freshwater and the functioning of societies and economies at large, and the role governments, companies, farmers, investors and consumers have in achieving a sustainable, efficient and equitable use of freshwater systems. The course is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach, in which knowledge and techniques from different disciplines are brought together in order to arrive at an integral understanding of the impact of humans on freshwater systems and, vice versa, the societal and economic impact of freshwater scarcity and pollution. Substantial attention will be paid to the global and cross-sector dimension of water management.
The course includes the following elements:
  • Overview of the field of Water Footprint Assessment (WFA)
  • Blue, green & grey WF accounting
  • WF sustainability assessment
  • WF reduction strategies  
  • Integrated river basin management 
  • River basin game – water as a common pool resource
  • Aquatic ecology & environmental flow requirements  
  • Globalisation of water roleplay
  • The water footprint of nations
  • The water footprint of food, feed, fibres, flowers and fuel
  • Water footprint caps, benchmarks & fair shares
This course is assessed by means of a written exam (75%) at the end of the quartile, and an assignment (20%) which has to be presented (5%).
Participating study
Master Civil Engineering and Management
Required materials
Course material
Hoekstra, A.Y. et al. (2011) The water footprint assessment manual: Setting the global standard, Earthscan, London. ISBN9781849712798
Course material
Hoekstra, A.Y. (2019) The water footprint of modern consumer society, Second Edition, Routledge, London. ISBN 9781138354784
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

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Self study without assistance
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Written examination & (group) assignment

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