Online Course on Urban Lake Management

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Date: August 28 – September 25, 2020
Registration closes: August 18, 2020
Language of instruction: English
Total study hours: 24 Hours (6 hours per week)

About the Training
Water bodies in the form of lakes, ponds, tanks and other wetlands are an integral part of the hydrological cycle. Properly managed wetlands, especially lakes, in urban areas have an important role as a source of water supply, controlling run-off and groundwater recharge. These water bodies also host a wide variety of flora and fauna, provide recreation spaces and improve micro climate in the built environment.

With rapid urbanization and expansion of city boundaries, a number of wetlands in urban areas are facing issues of over exploitation, encroachment, discharge of industrial effluents /domestic sewage and uncontrolled siltation. This results in the destruction of the water body and its catchment area. For prevention of pollution, conservation and restoration of wetlands, the government has come up with different policies and acts. 

Realising the fact that context matters and the challenges and solutions would be unique for each lake’s management, the School of Water and Waste, AAETI, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organizing anonline course on ‘Urban Lake Management’.The course is based on demand and understanding the need of building capacity of stakeholders involved in urban lake management.

The aim of the training is to develop capacity of various stakeholders on conservation, restoration, planning and management of lakes for water and environmental sustainability in urban areas.


  • Improved knowledge on urban lake management – the concepts, tools and techniques.
  • Understanding of lake as a source of urban water supply, groundwater recharge and wastewater treatment
  • Exposure to the process of Urban Lake Management Plan

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.The course is divided into four modules based on the following themes:

Module 1: Urban Lakes: Context and significance

Module 2: Science, theory and practice

Module 3: Social, economic and administrative aspects of urban lakes

Module 4: Urban Lake Management Plan


Course Coordinator

Shivali Jainer
Programme Manager
Water Programme
+91- 9873391885

Course Director

Dr. Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director (School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute - AAETI)


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Target Audience
  • Working professionals and decision makers from government and non-government institutions working for water bodies rejuvenation or urban lake management.
  • Accredited EIA, architecture and urban planning consultants
  • PMU assisting Govt. in involved inlake conservation programmes
  • 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 urban lake management programmes
Course Benefits
  • Top 3 participants who perform well on the course will be invited to AAETI, Nimli to attend the knowledge conclave ‘Mainstreaming Green Infrastructure’ in November 2020.
  • 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
Training Fee
For applicants from India: INR 3500
For applicants from countries other than India: USD 100