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Online Course on Water Quality Assessment | UNESCO-IHE

Online Course on Water Quality Assessment | UNESCO-IHE | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The course is designed for professionals actively involved in water quality monitoring and management. They may be working e.g. for environmental agencies, consultants, as environmental or water management officers in local, regional or national governments, as staff of NGOs, or as junior university lecturers, and may not have the time to undertake a course that lasts several weeks abroad.


Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

understand and apply concepts of water quality and pollution processes in rivers and lakes;understand and apply the different steps of the monitoring cycle in rivers and lakes;understand the basic concepts of groundwater quality and monitoring;apply common statistical techniques for water quality data evaluation;design sound and sustainable freshwater quality monitoring and assessment programmes under specified conditions. Participants complete the course in a period of 4 months with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours a week on average through reading, discussion and assignments. The course is sub-divided into 4 subjects and a written assignment. Within the course, each subject starts and ends on a specified day. Each subject takes 2-4 weeks. Within this period, the participant is free to study in his or her own time. Questions with regard to the subject can be posted on the discussion forum, eliciting responses from fellow participants. The teachers also regularly comment on the questions posted on this forum.
Start: 01 September 2015
End: 08 January 2016
Deadline IHE application: 01 September 2015 - 23.59 (CET)
Deadline NFP: 15 March 2015 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 725


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Charlie Dare's curator insight, August 7, 2015 11:08 PM

Another valuable course for those involved in growing fish as water quality is particularly important for growing species like Trout.Taste of fish also is a big factor between getting a decent price or ruining the reputation of a species for all those that taste/waste money on a off flavoured fish~ This happened at function at Sydney Fish Market giving away samples to visitors who deposited the free samples in the nearest bin, never to buy again.I not mention the species because more reputable growers purge their stock to rid the off flavour~

The most common off-flavour compounds found in cultivated fish are 2-Methylisoborneol (2-MIB) and geosmin (GSM), which are secondary a blue green algae~Rapidly taken up by gills of fish (hrs) but days of purging with a slight weight loss with out feed make them much more palatable.I,ve added salt to fresh water too as it acts as a prophylactic to help stressed fish from getting other fungal/disease problems~

"The course in a period of 4 months with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours a week on average through reading, discussion and assignments. The course is sub-divided into 4 subjects and a written assignment."

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Rethinking Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Rethinking Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

We are living in a world characterized by change, complexity and paradox. These changes signal the emergence of a new global context for learning that has vital implications for education. It requires that we revisit the purpose of education and the organization of learning. The complexity of today’s world requires a comprehensive approach to education policy embedded in a better understanding of the way in which knowledge is created, controlled, disseminated, acquired, validated and used. It also requires further development of the ethical principles that govern education and knowledge as common goods.

 

Rethinking the purpose of education and the organization of learning has never been more urgent. The result of the work of a Senior Experts Group established by the Director-General of UNESCO to rethink education in a changing world has now been completed. 

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The next time politicians talk about going back to basics on education, I hope they give this document a read!

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UN sets sail towards better protection of biodiversity in world's largest ecosystem | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UN sets sail towards better protection of biodiversity in world's largest ecosystem | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
RT @UNESCO: 60% of the world's marine ecosystems have been degraded. Get involved - we must all protect the ocean http://t.co/WW7EN0U7J5 #…
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Links to various resources that might be important for learners and teachers in the areas of (marine) aquatic resource management 

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Online Course on Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment | UNESCO-IHE

Online Course on Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment | UNESCO-IHE | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The course is designed for professionals actively involved in wetland management and/or wastewater treatment. They may be working in organisations responsible for water treatment or responsible for wetland conservation/sustainable use of wetlands. Targeted are also those who have an interest in onsite wastewater treatment for small communities.


Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

Understand the basic principles of wastewater treatmentDistinguish the functions of the different compartments in the constructed wetlandApply the concept of constructed wetlands to wastewater treatmentEvaluate the importance of operation and maintenanceDesign a constructed wetland treatment system


Participants complete the course in a period of about four months (16 weeks) with a workload of 140 hours. A participant is expected to spend about 8 hours per week on reading, discussion and assignments. The course is sub-divided into 3 modules and a written assignment.


Start: 01 September 2015
End: 08 January 2016
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 01 September 2015 - 23.59 (CET)

Course fee: € 725

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Enic-Naric

Enic-Naric | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This site, a joint initiative of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO, has been created primarily as a tool to assist the ENIC-NARIC Networks in carrying out the tasks they have been mandated to accomplish within their own jurisdiction, by directing them to up-to-date information supplied and maintained by the competent bodies in each member country and by each member organisation. It is also its express purpose to help other interested organisations and individuals easily find information on current issues in international academic and professional mobility, and on procedures for the recognition of foreign qualifications.
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Mobility tool: Access information about national qualification frameworks, mutual recognition and professional recognition procedures.

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