The Process of Social Impact Assessment in Hydropower Projects

14.06.2018 Carole Rosenlund

Ghana | Wekk: 45 | Date: 5th – 9th November 2018 | Application deadline: 30th September 2018 | Registration fee: USD$ 1000
| Fees include course materials, accommodation and meals


Renewable energy projects invariably have ecological and social footprints that can be manifold and affect physical structures, land used for agriculture or grazing, forest lands and water ways for fisheries and mobility. These impacts can cause loss (or changes) in;
• the natural resource base
• livelihoods
• cultural heritage and access
• resettlement.

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is an instrument that is part of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process that is required by international and national institutes/governments.

SIA is used to acquire an acute baseline of data and knowledge impact that a planned project may have. Impact assessments as the SIA process require the use of methods for data collection and communication which provide the basis for understanding project impacts and importantly how the impacts may be avoided and minimized. Local communities living within the project footprint area are usually subject to relocation which requires not only detailed documentation of households but also compensation and livelihood restoration: neither of which can be handled adequately without baseline data.

The course provides the essential processes, methods/ approaches and mitigation and enhancement measures that are elemental to assuring representativeness, fairness and sustainable well-being of affected communities. The course draws from both African and international examples.

The course will introduce the participants to procedures that should be followed in order to comply with today’s requirements for a sound social impact assessment process, including strategic priorities and national guidelines, and to provide tools for planning hydropower and other water-related projects in the best possible way on a national, regional and local level.

• Background and development of SIA
• Impact assessment methodologies
• Baseline data and mitigation measures
• Stakeholder consultation process
• Resettlement
• Livelihood development
• Health issues
• The role of NGO’s and monitoring
• Environmental and technical issues
• Indigenous peoples and vulnerable groups
• Institutional strengthening and capacity building
• Financial and budget issues
• Corporate Social responsibility

The course is aimed at power companies, ministries, authorities, NGO’s, relevant private enterprises and others working with development of water resources requiring structured knowledge of the SIA process.

Executives of power companies, ministries, water resource and energy agencies and relevant private sector enterprises with management responsibility or influence on project planning will benefit from this course.

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

Participants are expected to arrive in Ghana on Sunday, 4th November, and leave no earlier than Saturday 10th November.

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

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