Institutionalizing bottom-up approaches requires technical understanding as well as knowledge on how to implement the techniques discussed. Putting these approaches into practice will require training and dialogue with experienced practitioners.

This page will highlight training, education, and professional development opportunities as well as materials that can be used in workshops and seminars. Plus, you'll find forums and avenues for engaging with practitioners knowledgeable on the subject matter.



Upcoming Events & Courses

  • 1-22 June | NASA Earth Observations for Energy Management. NASA's ARSET program is now offering an introductory course on how Earth Observations (EOs) can contribute to greater understanding of energy management applications. The free four-part course will give participants more familiarity with a broad set of relevant NASA datasets, tools, platforms, and resources, as well as hear about case studies and real-world applications related to climate resilience, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

Past Events

  • 25 February - 15 April | Arc Hydro in Action. Esri, a global leader in geographic information systems (GIS) software and application, is offering a free, four-part webinar series that explores Arc Hydro's capabilities and innovative use cases. Arc Hydro developers and practitioners will look at the software's implementation in water resources, with a special focus on watershed and floodplain characterization and modeling as well as on support for hydrologic and hydraulic models and modeling.
  • 19 January - 2 February 2021 | Introductory Webinar: Hyperspectral Data for Land and Coastal Systems. Offered by NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET), these online webinars introduce participants to opportunities in using hyperspectral data. Hyperspectral data presents a unique opportunity to characterize specific vegetation types and biogeochemical processes across the land and oceans. The ability of hyperspectral data to characterize chemical, physiological, and morphological traits allows decision-makers to better understand critical components of ecosystem dynamics such as invasive species encroachment, forest decline and pest infestation, and ocean dynamics.
  • 2 November - 31 December | Introduction to Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA). UNESCO has organized a self-paced course as part of its online Open Learning Platform. Participants will be introduced to Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA), which provides guidelines to assess water security vulnerabilities due to climate variability and change, and provides guidance on the development of adaptation pathways for water resources management. The course consists of 11 modules each that present the CRIDA approach through a set of video lectures and hands-on exercises, as well as presenting a set of global CRIDA case studies.
  • 11 November | Assessing climate and disaster risks of infrastructure systems. The Virtual Dialogues are targeted at government and practitioners in ADB Developing Member Countries (DMCs). The series will feature interactive talks, case studies, and discussions that promote peer-to-peer learning and highlight good practices on climate and disaster resilient infrastructure. The diverse speaker line-up includes DMC representatives, ADB staff, and global resilience practitioners from private and public sector.
  • 6 September - 24 October | Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World. Our world seems to ever become more complex and uncertain. Future leaders must be able to act under these conditions. This free seven-week self-paced course provides you with the broad scientific background necessary to develop yourself into one of the future’s key decision makers. First, this course will address the core concepts of complexity and uncertainty. Next, guest lecturers will related sub-fields. Finally, relating this all back together in case studies about financial stability and city development will conclude the course.
  • 11 August - 6 October | Collaborating on Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for Integrated Water Management. The ADB Water Sector Group is collaborating with Deltares, an independent Netherlands-based knowledge institute, to bring attention to the issues of water resources management. In five webinars, Deltares will share its expertise and tools to facilitate innovative and sustainable solutions pertaining to the use and risks of water and soil. This knowledge sharing can help inform project design and implementation in ADB developing member countries. This is the first webinar series that the ADB Water Sector Group has held for public participation.
  • 13-15 May, 2020 | Interactive Web-Based Visualizations and Decision Support Tools in Shiny/R for Quantitative Scientists. Web-based interactive tools can facilitate stakeholder engagement and provide greater transparency in decision making, which can be particularly useful for controversial topics. By promoting greater involvement as well as a shared understanding of trade-offs that are often unavoidable among different scenarios, these decision support tools can help forge a path forward for wicked problems. The goal of this three-day short course is to introduce quantitative scientists interested in socio-environmental synthesis to Shiny/R as a way of shrinking the gap between information generation in science and policy making or public outreach through the creation of web-based tools. The course is offered by the US National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC).
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  • 17 September – 1 October, 2019 | Intermediate Webinar Series: Remote Sensing for Freshwater Habitats. NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program offers satellite remote sensing training that builds the skills to integrate NASA Earth Science data into an agency’s decision-making activities. This three-part webinar series will guide participants through using NASA Earth observations for habitat monitoring, specifically for freshwater fish and other species. The training will also provide a conceptual overview, as well as the tools and techniques for applying landscape environmental variables to genetic and habitat diversity in species.



Forums provide a platform where a community of water professionals can come together to discuss bottom-up approaches to climate adaptation and easily share resources, success stories, and strategies to overcome challenges.

Below are a number of active forums where water professionals engage and ask questions. These external forums are widely used and feature a large number of members with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the fields of water management.

  • ResearchGate

    ResearchGate is a social networking site for scientists and researchers to share papers, ask and answer questions, and find collaborators. We've started a line of conversation about the latest trends in resilient water management and bottom-up approaches. Join in the discussion on the largest academic social network in terms of active users

  • Mendeley

    Mendeley is an academic social network for sharing and discovering research and online collaboration. We have created a discussion group to help institutions and individuals ask questions, brainstorm, share insights, and support experimentation and adoptions when it comes to bottom-up approaches towards resilient water management.

  • SuSanA Forum

    SuSanA is an informal network of partner organisations who share a common vision on sustainable sanitation, including broader water management issues. It is home to thematic working groups; WG1 (Capacity Development) is of particular interest. We are working to increase capacity by enhancing our case study collection of bottom-up approaches being implemented globally.



BUA can be taught directly through workshops or other training sessions. The materials below have all been used to teach practitioners how to apply bottom-up approaches in specific contexts. Some of the material can be generalized, while the rest will provide an example of the types of lessons that should be covered in training.

About the Knowledge Platform

The Knowledge Platform is designed to promote and showcase an emerging set of approaches to water resources management that address climate change and other uncertainties — increasing the use of "bottom-up approaches" through building capacity towards implementation, informing relevant parties, engaging in discussion, and creating new networks. This is an ongoing project of the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) funded by the World Bank Group.

Contact AGWA

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation
7640 NW Hoodview Cir.
Corvallis, Oregon 97330

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