Shifting Towards Water-Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities

This course aims to support cities to achieve sustainable development by fostering water resilience. The modules focus on five thematic priorities, namely: drinking water and human well-being; reclaiming water by using urban wastewater; water for economic activities and development; restoring ecosystem functions; and preparing for water-related hazards and effects of climate change.


Water-Hazard Resilient Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities are cities that achieve safe and adequate water supply and sanitation services based on sound water-related ecosystems, high level of water use efficiency, and a greater urban resilience to water-related disasters (here Water-Resilient Cities). The framework of Integrated Urban Water Management, as an integral part of Integrated Water Resource Management principles, adopts eco-city, compact city and smart growth concepts and approaches in urban planning. This is based on a long term strategic vision for sustainability, reinforced with innovative tools of measuring progress and appropriate scale of action at household, community and city level.

This interactive course assists regional policy makers and practitioners with a proactive policy measures to achieve SDG-readiness through lenses of Water-Resilient Cities, providing an environment to create a sense of larger social well-being and happiness. Its structure follows key elements of the whole concept and lists its practical tools, viewing Water and Water Cycle at the core of Sustainable Development in an urban environment and its related challenges. The impact urbanization trends are elevating up from the key five dimensions of water security in cities. The framework, measuring progress of SDG-readiness is illustrated through best practices, policy briefs, holistic strategies and approaches of good urban governance.

The 5 thematic priorities to enable the dynamic policy shift, with challenges and respective policy toolkits, are focusing namely on: 1) drinking water and human well-being, 2) reclaiming water by using urban wastewater as a resource, 3) water for economic activities and development, 4) restoring ecosystem functions, and 5) preparing for water-related hazards and effects of climate change. After taking Quiz and submitting a case study, participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of the e-Learning Course of ESCAP