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Event Water Footprint Training Course

Target group

The training course is aimed at professionals in the water and environmental sector interested to learn about the application of the water footprint concept and tools in their daily practice. The course aims at professionals from both business and government, and also consultants that advise corporations or governments. The course is mainly technical; it addresses questions regarding how to carry out a water footprint assessment. In addition, time is spent on understanding how water footprint assessment can ultimately contribute to better water governance and more sustainable water strategies.

Learning objectives

The learning objectives of the training course are:

(1)      to become familiar with basic concepts in the area of water footprint assessment, such as: direct/indirect, internal/external and operational/supply-chain water footprint; green, blue and grey water; virtual water trade; water saving through trade; business water risks, environmental flow requirements;

(2)      to learn about and gain hands-on experience with methods of water footprint accounting and impact assessment (applied in either business or government).

(3)      to learn about case studies for specific products, business sectors and countries/regions;

(4)      to get insight in how water footprint assessment can contribute to extending business water strategy and national water planning by incorporating supply-chain and import strategies.


The training is delivered by:Prof. dr. Arjen Hoekstra - Scientific Director, Water Footprint Network

  • Prof. dr. Arjen Hoekstra - Scientific Director, Water Footprint Network
  • Dr. Maite Aldaya - Researcher, Water Footprint Network
  • Ertug Ercin - Researcher, University of Twente

Training materials

  • Water Footprint Manual
  • "Globalization of Water" Book
  • All the presentations

Additional information and requirements

After concluding the training, participants will receive a training certificate to show that they have concluded the training course.

The training is an integral part of WFN's effort to promote technical knowledge exchange and learning. Organisations and individuals participating in the Water Footprint Training Course are required to feedback the knowledge and lessons that are generated in the application of the Water footprint methodology.

Commercial organisations that are trained by WFN and provide Water footprint services to clients, are required to donate a grant of at least 1500 Euro to the Water Footprint Network for every signed contract that contains water footprint related work. In this way, commercial activities on water footprint will financially support the execution of key research and development activities as formulated in WFN's technical work programme.

 All participants are required to sign the attached Water Footprint Network Training Agreement. There are two separate agreements, one for non-commercial users and one for commercial users.  


Contact information Water Footprint Network (email:
Event type Training
File link
Source Water Footprint Network
Geographical coverage Netherlands
Address UNESCO-IHE, Westvest 7, Delft, The Netherlands
Organizer Water Footprint Network
Target audience International
Period [16/02/2010 - 18/02/2010]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH