Course curriculum

Module's for this course will be released weekly.

  • 2

    River Journey

    • River complexity

    • Economic Drivers for rivers and catchments

    • Different Phases of the River Journey: Drivers and Actions

    • River Journey Self Assessment

    • River Journey Quiz

    • Resources

  • 3

    River Personalities

    • Why River Personalities?

    • Multiple personalities

    • River Personalities defined

    • Self-Assessment

    • River Personality Quiz

  • 4

    River Resilience Report Card

    • Report Cards: A History

    • River Resilience Report Card - Goals One and Two

    • River Resilience Report Card - Goals Three and Four

    • The Report Card Process

    • Reflection Assessment

  • 5

    Building a resilience strategy

    • Vision, Goals, Objectives and Resilience Attributes

    • From IWRM to River Resilience Strategy

    • Valuation of Rivers

    • River Resilience Strategy Themes

    • Module 5 Quiz

  • 6

    Developing a resilience action plan - Part One

    • Determining the right approach

    • Engaging with stakeholders

    • Aligning people, pathway and project

    • Planning, implementing and evaluating and agenda

    • Module 6 Quiz

  • 7

    Developing a Resilience Action Plan - Part Two

    • Adaptive Management Strategy

    • Resilience vs Risk

    • Resilience and Sustainability

    • Frameworks for Sustainability and Resilience

    • Module 7 Quiz

  • 8

    Developing a Resilience Action Plan: Relevant Frameworks

    • The need to align with existing frameworks

    • Relevant International Frameworks

    • Relevant Local Frameworks

    • Module 8 Quiz

  • 9

    Communiction, Engagement and Implementation

    • Communication

    • Spectrum of Engagement

    • Engagement

    • Implementation

    • Module 9 Quiz

  • 10

    Revision and Getting on the River Resilience Journey

    • Getting on the River Journey



Prof Bill Dennison

Bill leads the Integration and Application Network, a collection of scientists interested in solving, not just studying, environmental problems. He is actively involved in the Chesapeake Bay Program, USA and had an active role in the Healthy Waterways Campaign of South-East Queensland, Australia. In his current role as Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, his focus is on developing ways to effectively communicate science and to create credible and rigorous environmental report cards.


Dr Eva Abal

Dr Abal is the CEO of the International River Foundation after years of experience with the University of Queensland, Great Barrier Reef Foundation, SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership (now Healthy Land and Water) and more recently as Strategic Projects and Partnerships Adviser of the International WaterCentre. Eva sits on a number of independent expert/advisory panels such as for the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Plan, Healthy Land and Water, Fitzroy Partnership for River Health, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership, Greening Australia and Gold Coast Water. Eva’s passion and commitment in integrated water resources management in the Asia Pacific region is evidenced in her being one of the authors of the Asian Development Outlook 2011 and 2016, which chart progress towards water security in the region.


5 star rating

Very Informative and good flow


The course was nicely scheduled. Learned a lot, very informative and the flow was good.

The course was nicely scheduled. Learned a lot, very informative and the flow was good.

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