Demystifying water and waste data for communication and action (focus on the state of rivers)


DATES: March 7-21, 2022
DURATION: 15 hours
PLATFORMS: Zoom and Moodle

Global water consumption has increased by around 1% each year since the 1980s and will continue to rise until 2050, according to the United Nations. By then, global water demand will be about 30% higher than current levels. Already, more than two billion people live in highly water-stressed countries, and about four billion experience severe water scarcity at least one month a year.

A similar disheartening scenario exists in the way the world manages its waste. 80% of the world’s wastewater containing human waste and toxic industrial discharges is still not treated. At the same time, plastics are suffocating our water bodies and our aquatic life.

Evidence-based communication using data is key to informing interventions to conserve and protect our water and manage our waste.

The Center for Science and Environment (CSE), South Asia’s leading environmental and development policy think tanks, invites you to join its global online training program which focuses on: finding and understanding good water and waste data; analyze and visualize it to graphically communicate impactful stories.

It will introduce popular analytical tools and offer insight into the larger stories to better understand the numbers on water, waste, health and the economy.

What are you going to learn?

  • Data gathering: Learn where and how to find credible data on water, waste, health and related environment and development indicators
  • Data analysis: Develop skills to analyze and interpret trends in the state of water and waste and impacts.
  • Data visualization: Learn to visualize data for effective communication
  • Report writing: Develop skills to process, visualize and transform “water and waste” data into simple, compelling and informative “messages”, “reports”, “communication materials” and stories for print and web

Who can attend?

  • Water and waste practitioners, central and state urban/rural department officials. academics, students and NGO representatives. This includes international organizations working for Africa
  • Researchers and writers on urbanization, Public relations/communication officers
  • Data managers and statisticians interested in improving their communication skills
  • Anyone else interested in the subject

Course Structure

The self-paced online program will include video lectures, tutorials, quizzes and assignments. It will also feature three live interactive sessions and participants will also have the opportunity to work on an in-depth project of their choice.

It has been designed in such a way that it can be completed with regular work or studies.

The course is divided into five modules:

  • Module 1: Understand the issues of water and waste and their health and economic impacts
  • Unit 2:Data for effective communication and informed decision-making on sustainable water and waste management
  • Unit 3: Finding the right data on water, waste and related environmental issues
  • Unit 4: Data processing and analysis to make data meaningful
  • Module 5: Data visualization


Kiran Pandey
Program Director, Information Management, CSE
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91-9871215338


Susan Chako
Manager, Information Management, CSE
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +91-9958387577



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