A regional training course for Latin America, to improve participatory water resources management in a context of uncertainty due to climate change, came to a close with a final training session on 1 September 2022. The initiative “Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA): Training for professionals in water resources planning in Latin America and the Caribbean” aimed to build capacity in climate risk assessment, in support of water security, while identifying relevant case studies in the region.
The initiative applied a three-tier approach comprising an online course on CRIDA, a series of four webinars presenting diverse case studies on the methodology, and a hands-on training where selected students were able to develop their own case study or participate in fictional exercises to better understand the five steps of the CRIDA methodology. It was launched on 23 March 2022 with the webinar “Water Resources in an Uncertain Future: An Introduction to CRIDA”, which was co-organized by DELTARES and UNESCO and brought together 143 participants, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean, with a few joining from Europe and Africa, and from which almost half were women.
The four webinars have been followed by more than 1,000 people in the few months they have been available online.
More information on the course can be found at https://www.unesco.org/en/articles/boosting-knowledge-assess-climate-risk-water-security-latin-america-and-caribbean. More information on CRIDA can be accessed at https://en.unesco.org/CRIDA. ICIWaRM and UNESCO, through the G-WADI major initiative, co-published the methodology in 2019, with co-authorship from DELTARES and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA).