Complementary to the Institute’s mission and objectives is the need to ensure dissemination of knowledge and experience gained during its activities to local, national and international watershed stakeholders and decisionmakers, as well as the general public. Depending on the topic of concern, these outreach activities can include relevant presentations, publications, reports and newsletters, short courses and certification courses, workshops, seminars, and electronic media. As requested and appropriate, IISWR faculty and staff will provide technical assistance to organizations and individuals involved in freshwater-related activities. Publications arising from IISWR activities will also be made available in electronic form via the Internet.
As a means of identifying and integrating scientific, socioeconomic and management/governance aspects of holistic water management, the IISWR also will convene periodic conferences and related gatherings comprised of scientists, decisionmakers, students and the public. A specific goal is to facilitate communication and dialogue between these disparate groups and interests to facilitate scientifically-based and informed management decisions.
Education programs include lectures, seminars, workshops, and certification courses on relevant freshwater-related topics. A specific focus is identifying and analyzing the root causes and consequences of non-sustainable use of freshwater resources, as well as identifying and evaluating management options for facilitating their sustainable use.
These education programs are designed to increase understanding, awareness and appreciation on the part of community members, water-related policymakers and decisionmakers, environmentally-minded students and citizens, and professionals in all relevant realms, including business, government, education and nonprofit organizations.
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