Dam Safety Management for Sustainable Hydropower in Africa

14.06.2018 Carole Rosenlund


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Week 40 | Date: 1st – 5th October 2018 | Application deadline: 24th August 2018 | Registration fee: USD$ 1000 | Fees include course materials, accommodation and meals  

In the Eastern Africa region, the increasing rate of demand for water resulting from the population growth has made for a substantial increase in the rate of dam construction in recent years.

There are many reasons for the need for dam safety management in the region, to mention few
• More and more large dams are being built and designed; those dams should be built and operated according appropriate safety regulations.
• The existing dams are almost large dam as per ICOLD definitions of dam size, if one of them failed the consequences would be significant
• Some of the dams are aging, they can easily fail due to structural defects
• Majority of the dams are embankment type, susceptible to overtopping during flood events.

This shows dam safety is an essential issue that needs special attention by dam owners, governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as the public at large.

One of the measures to minimize the risks would be building human resources capacity for properly operating and managing the existing and new dams in the region.

Building the capacity of stakeholders is required not only to minimize risks of failure but also to optimize the benefit of and for sustainable water resources utilization.

The main objective of the workshop is to identify and discuss with participants the extent of the problem and practical dam management measures for minimizing risks of dam failure and ensure sustainable uses of the water resources in the region as well as to reduce potential risks to people, property and the environment.

• To bring together peers mainly from the African regions for dialogue, experience sharing and networking for mutual benefit. By doing so the trainees will advance their knowledge of dam safety.
• To highlight from the participants the actual problems and challenges related to dam safety and possible potential solutions to these problems.
• To bring specialists in the subject matter and create a platform for knowledge transfer and skills development on procedures for dam risk identification, analysis and management techniques on the continent.

The workshop will include but not limited to the following main topics
a) Dam types, function, cause and mode of failure
b) Climate change and its impact on dam safety – regional perspective
c) Dam risk assessment and risk management techniques/ principles
d) Instrumentation, surveillance, data collection and reporting
e) Dam inspection, analysis and remedial measures
f) Emergency action planning

The course is aimed at dam operators, dam owners, managers and field level experts. Executives of power companies, ministries, water resource and energy agencies and relevant private sector enterprises with dam operation and management responsibility will benefit from this course. The course will also be of value to engineers working in water resources planning and multipurpose projects.

The course will also be of value to engineers working in water resources planning and multipurpose projects.

Participants are expected to arrive in Addis Ababa on Sunday, 30th September and leave no earlier than Saturday 6th October 2018.

Information on travel, detailed course programme and other relevant information will be sent to all selected participants in due course.

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