Kursevi u okviru Žan Mone modula "EU politika o vodama i inovativna rešenja u upravljanju vodnim resursima"

The lectures are based on the interdisciplinary approach regarding to the European integration and its benefits, law and future aspects. The aim is to enhance the existing theoretical understanding of legal, economical, political, and social aspects of the European integration process. The students will learn about 1) the history, institutions and processes of European integration, 2) basics of European Union law, 3) EU institutions, bodies, and agencies, 4) the enlargement and the future of EU.

Based on the European Commission’s Cohesion PolicyAction plan on financing sustainable growth, as well as the Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects, this lecture will focus on the recent developments in EU polices in the area of regional development and the allocation of capital flows towards sustainable investment in order to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth and to manage risks stemming from climate change. The aim is also to enhance knowledge on the key elements of project evaluation in sustainability context, such as long-term view, global (and local) perspective, economic development and environmental degradation and stakeholders’ participation. In order to facilitate the understanding and practical application of CBA in the water management projects, a number of cases studies will be provided.

Water legislation is one of the European Union’s oldest, most developed and progressive areas of environmental policy. The primary goal of this lecture is promotion and understanding of European Union water policy under the Water Framework Directive. It will include presentation of economic elements of the water framework directive, highlighting progressive reduction of emissions of hazardous substances to water, promotion of sustainable water use based on a long-term protection of available water resources, introduction of water bodies and implemented EU best practices for using Water Framework Directive.

The impact of climate change on Europe’s water resources is a critical issue for people’s lives and the economy. The aim of this course is to present information on the range of issues faced by different countries, the problems that are emerging, and the solutions that are being applied. The students will be informed how climate change affects on water availability and how to achieve climate resilience through adaptation. The main outcome will be achieved through the promotion of strategies which increase the resilience to climate change of health, property and the productive functions of land, inter alia by improving the management of water resources and ecosystems.

Effective flood and drought prevention and mitigation requires, in addition to coordination both EU Member States and third countries. The main goal is to present students flood and drought risk management plans. The plans are focused on prevention, protection and preparedness.

The contribution of the insurance industry to sustainable development is related to its role in absorption of financial losses due to the risks that reduce the value of asset, as well as the role in maintaining safety and health. The Principles for Sustainable Insurance that are lunched at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development are a framework for the global insurance industry to address environmental, social and economic risks. Therefore, this course aims to enhance knowledge and awareness among students on the importance of the role of insurance in achieving of sustainability of water management system and society as a whole.

Water-related research and innovation is very important in order to carefully manage water as the precious resource, especially in the face of new challenges created by climate change and population growth. Therefore, the aim of this course is to provide an overview of innovations in water policy and governance, the challenges in spreading good practice, the best ways to recycle and re-use water, the latest water treatment technologies, and innovation within water governance itself as well as sustainable water management practices.

The ecological status assessment of waterbodies according to the Water Framework Directive and the requirement to prevent a deterioration of this status while achieving an overall improvement has numerous implications for river engineering projects as well as sustainable hydropower development. In the light of the large number of planned hydropower projects in the Western Balkans, in order to achieve carbon-free power production, this topic is currently highly relevant. The lecture will convey the European Union’s perspective on related engineering projects, addressing aspects of ecology and sediments.

At basin, national or transboundary level, easy access to information on the status of water resources and uses is one of the keys to successful water policy implementation. The necessary data and information are usually fragmented, incomplete and/or heterogeneous, and accessing them is often difficult to organize for inconsistency of data and information. The lecture will cover how to process and exploit water-related data in an effective way. The course aims at providing the students with some basic principles of implementation of water information systems. It also aims at providing the students with a truly inter-disciplinary perspective on existing case studies in EU countries. At the end, it will be underlined some perspectives for development and innovation in water sector in the coming years.

Each Module school year will end with a student seminar where students of bachelor (1st cycle) and master (2nd cycle) studies share aspects of their research, as it develops with their advisors, through the oral presentation of seminar work (essay) in front of the colleagues, managers of public utility companies and other interested academics and students. Student work on research essay will be realized in small groups (2-3 students per each group) based on solving real-life problems and supervision by professors involved in the INNOWAT Module.
Hands-on approach to learning will be promoted throughout the project’s implementation. This includes an individualized approach to students’ interests, potential and capacity. Students are encouraged to negotiate their own research topics and so to develop skills essential for their future work. In several cases it will allow the students to produce exceptionally high quality research.
The presentation will be assessed based on the ability to introduce in a succinct and effective manner the selected academic publication, critically engage with its key findings and/or arguments, and relate it to core course readings, topics and questions. Students are encouraged to make use of presentation techniques such as Power Point, Prezi or the flip chart. Presenters will receive individual feedback on their presentation.