Reservoir Sediment Management for Sustainable Hydropower in Africa - AFRICA 2020

05.03.2021 Carole

PART I - ONLINE Week 43 | Date: 19– 23 October, 2020 | Application deadline: 17 August 2020 

Part II - WORKSHOP Week 16 | Date: TBC 2021 | MALAWI 

Registration fee: 1.000 USD |

Africa’s hydrological shifts due to climate change coupled with topography and pattern of land use are some of the issues that increase the variability in sediment transport and rates of reservoir siltation.

The build-up of sediments in reservoirs can significantly reduce storage capacity thereby affecting energy production and the reliable supply of water. Moreover, sediments can compromise the safety of the structures, damage equipment and results in significant financial consequences.

Sediment management is therefore important and relevant for the sustainable use of water resources and addresses the problems of food, water, and energy insecurity.


It has become even more critical under the current Covid-19 pandemic to ensure the continued and stable supply of energy and water to vulnerable populations and essential service sectors such as hospitals.

To implement sustainable sediment management, a capacity both in terms of resources and trained manpower is essential and a priority requirement for the region.

This 2-part ICH training will contribute to the ongoing efforts 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 in a more economically, technically and environmentally feasible way. Participants will learn practical cost-effective, innovative, technical solutions to reservoir sedimentation for optimum benefits of the water resources in Africa.

  • 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
  • Managing sedimentation amidst pandemics
    Pandemic planning and transitioning from emergency response into long term planning
  • Sediment data collection and forecasting techniques
  • Socio-economic and environmental impacts of sediment management strategies
  • Field visit


This course will be presented in 2-parts. Selected participants will be required to attend both the Online course in October 2020 and the planned physical workshop in April 2021 in Malawi.
Part I – 19-23 October 2020
This part of the course will be conducted online using lectures and interactive webinars.
Part II – 19-23 April 2021
A workshop session and continuation of the online course will be hosted in Malawi in 2021, where continued lectures and feedback on reflective case studies and exercises will be presented. A comprehensive technical field visit is planned.

The course is aimed at reservoir operators, government water resource and energy agencies, reservoir owners, utility 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.

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