Prevention and Administration of Social and Environmental Conflicts in the Renewable Energy Sector - Philippines

13.02.2019 Laura Bull

Manila, Philippines | Week 12 | Date: 18-22 March 2019
Fee: 600 USD | Application deadline: 14 February 2019


This course is a first-time collaboration in the Philippines of the premier learning institution the International Centre for Hydropower (ICH), the Philippines' renewable energy provider SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP), and the Environmental and Social Advisory Services of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which supports the private sector with technical expertise and training to achieve sustainable development.

Lecturers and resource persons are well-known specialists within their field, bringing their extensive international experience to the classroom. Attending ICH courses is an opportunity to discuss and learn about current issues related to hydropower together with professionals from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

The ICH advantage only begins in the classroom. Course participants become a part of a closely-knit ICH Alumni network, encouraging professional exchange and dialogue that promotes career development and sustainable practices.

ICH courses enhance social, environmental and economic value of renewable energy resources.

  • In general, a minimum of five years’ work experience is required
  • Please bear in mind the specific profile description for the target groups for each of the courses
  • Proficiency in English is compulsory
  • Women are encouraged to apply
  • The given seat is not transferable once the selection process has been completed
  • ICH courses do not accommodate the participation of spouses or companions
  • ICH code of Conduct Applies to all participants and lectures

Course fee is 600 USD.

Course fee includes lectures, materials, accommodation, some meals, social program, and field trips, if applicable. International travel expenses are not included.

Please note that:
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Information on the  course can also be found at or by contacting ICH or SN Aboitiz Power in the Philippines.

Laura Bull
Head of Studies ICH


Vitti Valenzuela
Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Sr. Manager

ICH reserves the right to accept or reject applicants based on their qualification and experience.


The electricity industry faces a number of challenges, including the delicate balance between achieving business objectives and relationships with impacted communities, state entities, and other stakeholders.

The conflict of interests among stakeholders may result in points of disagreement, resistance, or opposition. In some cases, conflicts can lead to violence and adversely affect not only the fulfilment of the company’s goals, but also the renewable energy policies of a country.

This course provides participants with tools to identify potential conflicts that allow for the development of more assertive approaches to transform disadvantaged situations into opportunities for the benefit of all parties.

Conflict as a social phenomenon is not simply created or destroyed but is a process that is transformed. It is necessary to be able to identify the stage of the cycle in which it is and design strategies tailored to the actors and specific circumstances.

Even when entering a more peaceful or post-conflict environment, it is necessary to keep the channels of communication open, to enhance trust and realize agreements.

The lessons learnt in the handling of the socio-environmental conflicts by the renewable energy industry should encourage knowledge and information sharing to help better understand the root causes of project success and failure.


•    Origin, definition and role of socio-environmental conflict in the renewable energy industry
•    How to categorize socio-environmental conflicts
•    Stages of the socio-environmental conflict cycle
•    Strategies to approach conflict from prevention to management
•    Importance of strengthening the relationship between all stakeholders
•    Indigenous peoples’ identity and dependence on natural resources in river basins in relation to hydropower development
•    Rural development strategies
•    Design of processes according to the analysis of the conflict and context
•    Dialogue mechanisms for the transformation of conflicts
•    Mechanisms to strengthen lasting peace in the post-conflict phase


The course is aimed at professionals with a minimum of five years of experience in the hydropower or renewable energy sector including power companies, ministries, authorities, NGOs, relevant private enterprises, and others working with energy project planning in complex social environments requiring knowledge of stakeholder management.

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

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