WATR403-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Water Management, Policy and Planning

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


Resource management models, policy and planning, within the context of environmental legislation and sound resource management. Topics will include; Resource management models for integrating environmental, social, economic and cultural water values; Legislative frameworks for water governance and management, including local, regional, national and international policy development and water management strategies; Hazard risk assessment and management for resilience; Professional ethics; RMA policy, planning and consenting procedures, using case studies of water use; Projections of future issues, alternative sustainable management and legislative strategies. Will include a compulsory one-day fieldtrip.

This class is jointly offered with Lincoln University and held at the University of Canterbury in a 3 hour block once per week. A mandatory full day field trip will be held on a Sunday as part of this class.

Learning Outcomes

  • A graduate of this paper should be able to:

  • Analyse what constitutes effective policy and planning in the context of water resource management

  • Evaluate the steps of a policy making framework in actual situations

  • Define and apply a sustainable management approach to water resources

  • Apply a framework for sustainability appraisal that incorporates environmental, economic, social and cultural values

  • Understand the legislative framework for water policy and planning

  • Understand the resource consenting process and how it applies in practice

  • Apply specialist skills (e.g., in aspects of science, engineering, planning) in the resolution of freshwater resources management issues.

  • Analyse how conflicts arise in resource use, and understand processes that are designed to resolve those conflicts

  • Contribute effectively to an interdisciplinary team working on water resource issues

  • Communicate concepts effectively and usefully to a range of audiences


(1) Entry is subject to approval by the Programme Director, (2) BSc, BE, BEMP(LU) or equivalent qualification or experience in a field of relevance in water resource management.

Timetable Note

This course is run jointly with Lincoln University with lectures held at the University of Canterbury.These lectures are recorded and made available on LEARN.

A mandatory full day field trip on a Sunday is also part of this class.

Course Coordinator

Edward Challies

Contact Person

Helen Warburton

Textbooks / Resources

There is no available textbook covering the range of topics to be offered in WATR403.  However, there are a variety of excellent textbooks on the nature of freshwater resources and their management in the university library.

Additional readings will also be provided via the LEARN(moodle) website.

Course links

This course uses LEARN as a key resource for communication, lecture and additional reference material.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,084.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 12 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All WATR403 Occurrences

  • WATR403-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022