Online Course on: Green Infrastructure – Effective measures for urban flooding and groundwater management

Course Dates: July 20 to August 17, 2022
Last date to apply - July 15, 2022
Total Study Load: 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. Urban areas are right at the front of a public health emergency, as the world having been grappling with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the past two years. Cross-disciplinary collaboration of public policies, urban planning and design using open public spaces, parks, urban forests and integrated blue and green infrastructure are needed as tools to make cities healthy. 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 is back with this online course for the third time in series. 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 practitioners, 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. 


  • Define and conceptualize green infrastructure for water resource management in urban areas
  • Provide an overview of the current problems with water infrastructure and to assess challenges and opportunities in making cities water prudent and resilient to climate change
  • To understand role of green infrastructure in sustainable urban water management
  • Understand the GI approach and strategies for analyses with regard to planning for different urban typologies
  • Recognize scope for GI interventions based on different problem scenarios and contexts
  • 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. The webinars are mandatory to attend for all the participants and will add up to 5 marks to the overall final scores of the course. 

Course Coordinator

Senior Research Associate
Urban Water and Waste Programme
Phone: +91-11-40616000 (Ext: 244)

Course Director

Depinder Singh Kapur
Water Programme
Phone: +91 9711178181



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Benefits upon completion
This course is part of School of Water and Waste’s objective to create ‘Urban Water Leaders’. Top 5  participants who perform well on the course will be invited to AAETI, Nimli with a fully funded fellowship for one of our upcoming training programs. Participants who perform exceptionally during these courses and come back to us with a ‘theory to practice’ alumni story will be awarded the title of ‘Urban Water Champions’.

Additional benefits include:
  • Course participation/completion certificate
  • Top 5 scorers will get a 50% refund of their course feeand will be invited to attend the ‘Urban Water and Sanitation’ knowledge conclave in January 2023.
  • 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:
  • Indian participants: INR 3500/-
  • Overseas participants: USD 100
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
Alumni Feedback
“Thank you for the wonderful course. It was a brilliant learning experience. We had a lot of fun and we hope to have more such collaborations in the near future. Thanks once again”

Prof. Iqtedar Alam
Jamia Milia Islamia, Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics, New Delhi
“I love all the courses offered but CSE as they are not theoretical but are practical courses which are extremely relevant in our current situations.”

Hina Zia
Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Ekistics,
Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
The ideas of integrating GI initiatives and the study materials on the GI approaches and strategies with case studies on cities around the globe is really an eye opener and the guide on Green Infrastructure is worth a material to adopt this in real time projects.

Vellaiappan S
“I had a great time and experience pursuing this course, especially as a working professional with limited time to spare. The course structure was very interesting, trying to cover a number of aspects, which were greatly relatable and logical. Being from a communications background, I personally appreciated the 3rd module which explained the role of stakeholders in implementing green infrastructure, not to mention module 4 which presented real life case studies and examples for better understanding of the otherwise well curated course material. The marking structure also well-defined and gave a lot of opportunity for participants to score. Also, interestingly, the course platform was very interactive, providing a platform for participants to interact, engage and debate on related topics and discuss issues. All in all, this course was worth investing time and efforts, and provided great value for money. I would personally like to recommend this course and similar courses organised by CSE India and would myself be on the lookout for more such opportunities. ”

Trisha Acharya, Consultant,
Mott MacDonald, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
I am thankful to all the teachers and experts for giving us guidance throughout the course. It was great experience with all the friends and you give me something to learn every time you participated in the discussion forum.

Kamal Parihar, Student
Forest research institute,
Dehradun, Uttarakhand
“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 implement these 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