The 5-week free MOOC, developed in partnership with Gaia Education, UNITAR, University of Strathclyde, the Scottish Government and CREW was officially launched on 22 March 2018 through two interconnected events taking place in Brazil and Scotland.
In Brazil, during the World Water Forum, the course was broadcast widely at the Forum’s Citizen Village via TV Supren, and featured in the TV Globo morning news programme. Furthermore Gaia Education Certified Trainer Eduardo Weaver, supported by Gaia Brasilia team, hosted a launch event at the Arena Auditorium followed by discussions on a number of global water challenges, including human development needs, root causes of water scarcity, water distribution and equity, and the interactions between climate change and water.
The day-long event in Scotland, hosted by the Scottish Government and the James Hutton Institute, recognised the contribution of Scottish academics, practitioners and policy makers, in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 6 ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’.
The content of the programme is based on original materials developed for Hydrogeology and Water Resources Education at the University of Strathclyde.