Reservoir Sedimentation and Sediment Handling for Sustainable Hydropower Reservoirs in Africa

09.04.2017 Carole Rosenlund

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
19 – 23 June, 2017
Application deadline; 17 May, 2017
Course fee – USD$ 500,-

fee includes course materials, accommodation and meals

In parts of the African region, water availability is closely linked to food and energy security. Storage of water in sur-face reservoirs is often needed to meet water and energy demands throughout the year. But due to the rapidly in-creasing rate of erosion and sediment transport in the last decade, signifi cant number of water storage reservoirs have been losing important portions of their water storage space to sedimentation every year. This makes most of the reservoirs built in the region vulnerable to sedimentation and reduces their planned function.

In general, the impact of reservoir sedimentation in Africa can highly affect the realization of the development goal of the African nations. This indicates that sedimentation management is key for the sustainable uses of water resources and address the problems of food, water and energy insecurity. To implement sediment management, a capacity both in terms of resources and trained manpower is an essential and a priority requirement in the region.

The region’s hydrological variability due to climate change may bring variability in sediment transport and rates of reser voir sedimentation. Taking into consideration the effect of climate change on reservoir sediment management is be-lieved to be important and relevant.

The main objective of the workshop is to identify and discuss with stakeholders the extent of the problem and practical solution options of reservoir sedimentation for optimum benefi ts of the water resources in the region.

The workshop will also contribute to the ongoing effort of mitigating the sedimentation problems of reservoirs for more sustainable uses by exploring and disseminating practical methods, strategies that can be viable to apply them to handle the sediment deposited in reservoirs in a more economically, technically and environmentally feasible way.

• Focus on reservoir sedimentation – processes and sediment load estimation
• Impact of climate change on reservoir sedimentation, regional perspective
• Monitoring sedimentation in existing reservoirs
• Strategies for management of sediment in reservoir-applicability and challenges to the region
• Sediment data collection and forecasting techniques
• Socio-economic and environmental impacts of sediment management strategies
• Field visit

All lecturers and resource persons are well-known specialists within their field, and they have extensive international and regional experience.

Attending the courses is an opportunity to discuss and learn about current issues related to hydropower together with professionals from the continent and abroad. Participants are encouraged to bring along information that can be shared about pending energy and hydropower issues of your interest.

• A minimum of about 5 years of working experience is required.
• Applicants should hold an applicable degree or possess relevant background knowledge.
• Proficiency in English is compulsory for all the courses

Notice of admission will be given shortly after the application closing date.

ICH reserves the right to accept or reject any applicant on the basis of their qualifications and experience.
Women are encouraged to apply.

Information on travel, detailed course programme and other relevant information will be sent to all participants in due course. Participants are expected to arrive at the venue of the course the day prior to the course start, and leave no earlier than the day after end of the course.

The course fee includes lectures, materials, accommodation, meals, a social programme and fieldtrips if applicable.

International travel expenses are not included.

There is a reduced fee for ICH members. A limited numberof sponsored seats are available for participants from countries prioritized by NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation). Those who would like a guaranteed seat on the course should secure their own funding.

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