Reservoir Sedimentation and Sediment Handling for Sustainable Hydropower Reservoirs in Africa

16.07.2019 Carole

Rwanda Week 47 | Date:  18 – 22 November, 2019 | Application deadline: September 27, 2019
Registration fee: 1000 USD | Fees includes course materials, accommodation and meals

Water storage reservoirs in parts of Africa have in the last decade been losing important portions of their water storage space to sedimentation every year.
This diminishes the reservoirs planned functions and affects the regions capacity to realize set development goals.
Sedimentation management is therefore key for the sustainable use of water resources and addresses the problems of food, water and energy insecurity.
To implement sustainable sediment management, a capacity both in terms of resources and trained manpower is essential and a priority requirement for the region.
Moreover, Africa’s hydrological variability due to climate change may bring variability in sediment transport and rates of reservoir sedimentation. Taking into consideration the effects of climate change on reservoir sediment, management is believed to be important and relevant.



The main objective of the course is to identify and discuss with stakeholders the extent of the problem and practical solution options of reservoir sedimentation for optimum benefits of the water resources in the region.
The course will also contribute to the ongoing effort of mitigating the sedimentation problems of reservoirs for more sustainable uses by exploring and disseminating practical methods and strategies that are viable to apply in handling sediments 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 - A regional perspective
  • Monitoring sedimentation in existing reservoirs
  • Strategies for management of sediment in reservoirs - Applicability and challenges to the region
  • Sediment data collection and forecasting techniques
  • Socio-economic and environmental impacts of sediment management strategies
  • Field visit


The course is aimed at reservoir operators, government water resource and energy agencies, reservoir owners, managers and field level experts. Executives of power companies, ministries, and relevant private sector enterprises with reservoir 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.


• 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 based on their qualifications and experience.


Participants are expected to arrive in Rwanda on Sunday, 17th November and leave no earlier than Saturday 23rd November 2019.
Information on travel, detailed course programme and other relevant information will be sent to all selected participants in due course.


Carole Rosenlund, Head of Africa

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