Water is a limited natural resource and vital to natural world. This limited natural resource is depleting and getting contaminated rapidly, due to industrialization and population growth in the world. Water resources are at risk all over the world today. Population growth, changes in land use, pollution and climate change, effects and threats the quality and quantity of water sources. Today, 80% of the world population lives in areas with scarce water sources. In the coming years, water shortages will turn into water crises in many parts of the world. In order to sustain human and ecosystem health, access to safe water sources need to be provided for the communities. Therefore, water safety is a high ranking topic at the global level agenda.
Sustainable water management is a complex challenge and world nations are developing policies to cope with it. Changes with climate, improvements with economy and technology and growth in the world population, make it necessary to build capacity on water management and train professionals. Moreover, the leaders of the future, should be able to combine social, environmental and technological information, together with inter-disciplinary approach and develop practical solutions. They will face with challenges about the water management, development of water sources and make difficult decisions at local, national and international levels. Institutions that provide education on water management and policy development are needed at the international level. In this context, universities and research institutes with research programs on water sources and training activities will provide significant support to the development of sustainable water policy.
Turkey is an EU candidate country and working on adoption of European Union Water Framework Directive (2000/60 / EC). This directive requires water management at the basin level with sustainable manner. In Turkey there are 25 water basins where two of them, Meric-Ergene and Euphrates-Tigris, are trans-boundary basins. Therefore, it is important that Turkey needs trained professionals on sustainable water management and water policy and security issues.
Proposed “Water Policy and Safety” Master of Arts Program with thesis aims to develop interdisciplinary theoretical and practical aspects of water management and policies. Research results and data from various disciplines will be synthesized and available for the public and private sector decision and policy-makers. Water Policy and Safety graduate program, will focus on engaging social sciences, natural sciences, legal frames, and stakeholders and provide them synthesized and analyzed knowledge.
The objective of the proposed program, is to conduct research on sustainable water management and water policy issues and provide the necessary training for students. Graduates of this program will gain the necessary background in the above mentioned topics and join debates at the international level to find solutions and present Turkish Governments concerns and priorities related to water policies.
The program aims to bring together research teams from various disciplines, conduct research in the interdisciplinary dimension and build up partnerships among policy makers, water professionals, academicians and students. The proposed program, also aims to educate future leaders on water policies and security issues and target to meet the needs of Turkish institutes human sources. The program also aims to educate students with an interdisciplinary approach on local, regional, national and international dimensions of water management issues and provide innovative solutions and implementation skills.