Online course on: 'Green Infrastructure - Effective measures to manage urban flooding and water supply'

Course Dates: February 02 - 29, 2020

Last Date to apply – January 29, 2020

Total Study Hours: 24 hours

Commitment: 6 hours a week

Cities in the global south are growing and expanding rapidly. Rapid, unplanned urban growth leads to its own set of problems. Our fresh water sources are reducing, cities encroach and pollute them as wastewater is disposed into water bodies untreated and groundwater exploitation is rampant. Floods in Chennai and Mumbaiand drying cities like Cape Town and Dar E Salam over therecent past have been devastating for human life and property. Experts identify increased unplanned urban growth, grey infrastructure and reduced green spaces as the major root causes tomany of these issues.

Green Infrastructure thus provides a new concept - a ‘smart’ method for natural conservation and urban planning. It is high time we realize that ecosystems are not a frill but a necessity.

Augmenting urban green infrastructure is considered to be an effective approach to reduce the adverse impact of urbanization on the hydrological cycle. They improve natural water systems in cities and dampen peak flows from storms that frequently lead to flooding in our cities to help create more water sensitive cities. Expansion of urban green infrastructure interventions is not only an economical and environmentally-friendly approach to deal with storm water runoff and urban flooding, but can also improve the resilience and sustainability of cities.

CSE - School of Water and Waste in partnership with the University of West England are jointly organizing this online course. The course aims to build basic orientation of practitioners on GI and eventually build a community of practice who can successfully work towards designing and implementing green infrastructure interventions in town/ cities.


To help students, working professionals and environmental enthusiasts learn state-of-art concepts and principles of green infrastructure for improved urban water management at their own comfort and pace.


  1. Define and conceptualize green infrastructure for water resource management in urban areas
  2. Provide an overview of the current problems with water infrastructure
  3. Understand the GI approach and strategies for analyses with regard to planning for different urban typologies
  4. Recognize scope for GI interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  5. Understand and apply case studies in support of GI principles across the world 

Theme 1: Introduction to Green Infrastructure for urban spaces

Theme 2: Understanding Green infrastructure approach and interventions

Theme 3: Stakeholder analysis and socio-economic benefits of Green Infrastructure

Theme 4: Best management practices and Case studies on Green Infrastructure

Course work

The course comprises of self-study, technological learning tools such as presentations, videos featuring case studies from various countries and other audio material. It will facilitate interaction amongst participants through online forums and discussions. It will be interactive with several interesting assessment exercises and quizzes. Participants will also get a chance to interact and learn from experts at CSE and abroad through online interactions and a webinar.

Target Audience:

  • Working professionals and decision makers from government and non-government institutions
  • Accredited EIA, architecture and urban planning consultants
  • PMU assisting Govt. in mainstreaming water-wastewater measures
  • Researchers and academics interested in curriculum development in planning, architecture and civil engineering
  • Related sector professionals with a desire to learn about a fresh, innovative solution driven perspectives in the water-wastewater landscape

This course may be used in satisfaction of continuing professional development (CPD) requirements – please check with your local organisation for specific rules and regulations. 

Course Coordinator
Shivali Jainer
Programme Manager
Water Programme
+91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244)


Course Directors
Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director, CSE
Academic Director, School of Water & Waste, AAETI
Prof. Chad Staddon PhD, FRGS
Associate Head of
Department, Research & Scholarship,
Dept. of Geography & Environmental Management
Director, International Water Security Network
Benefits upon completion:
Top 5 participants who perform well on the course will be invited to AAETI, Nimli to attend the Knowledge Conclave on Green Infrastructure in March 2020. This course is part of School of Water and Waste’s objective to create ‘Urban Water Leaders’.

Additional benefits include:
  • Course participation/completion certificate
  • Top 5 scorers will get a 50% refund of their course fee
  • One-year free subscription to Down To Earth magazine after course completion
  • Join a global network of practitioners of the School of Water and Waste
Course Fees:
For Indian Participant: INR 3500
Overseas participants: USD 100
Alumni Feedback
Great experience, course was well designed all most all areas of urban water issues covered. Technological interventions like desalination and other topics also use full in this course. As a journalist I can use this material in my line of work. Really am very happy with this course and eagerly waiting for other courses, workshops and seminars. Thank you to CSE team.

B.N. Jyothiprasad, Principal Correspondent, Eenadu 
The reading provided were gem! It has created a good amount of doc for reference in future too. I would like to thanks the team for provided these to us as.

Vidur Shresth, Project Co-ordinator, Ratnashilp 
The study material, the video lectures and the live case studies are the stuff I liked most about the course. The best experiences were the online Quizzes - MCQs, I enjoyed a lot attempting them.

Ritu Agrawal, Assistant Professor, Birla Institute of Technology
The best thing was the way this course was structured. First of all the present problem and various aspects where we are lagging or going wrong, then the steps to be taken both policy wise and on the technical grounds using new nature based solutions and various decentralized innovations and finally the ways to implementthese solutions. Thus this structure of analysis, finding solutions and then implementation is the best thing I find about this course. My experience with the Mount portal was a great one.

Vaibhav Sharma, Student, PEC University of Technology