Sustainable Hydropower Development and Operation - AFRICA 2020

14.10.2020 Carole

Part 1 ONLINEWeek 49 | Date:  30 November – 4 December, 2020 | Application deadline: October 24, 2020 
Registration fee: $500 USD | Fees includes course materials - Part 1-ONLINE

Hydropower plays a vital role in reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, with generally low green-house gas emissions. Hydropower is far larger than all other renewable technologies together. 

Development of hydropower creates both positive and negative social and environmental impacts. Hydropower projects can generate big benefits, but numerous projects have also ruined rivers and caused displacement of people. 

Similar to all other infrastructure projects, hydropower developments and operations should be done in a sustainable manner.

Sustainable development has at least three dimensions – environmental protection, and social & economic development. 



The course will give the participants an introduction and some experiences in the sustainable management of water and hydropower resources.
The lecturers will present state-of-the art methodology and tools to assess the sustainability of hydropower projects, with a focus on the environmental aspects of sustainability. 
The participants will learn how a sustainability assessment is conducted, environmental impact assessments are carried out, and how to find mitigating measures. Licencing procedures, legal frameworks and the implementation of international standards and directives will be addressed. 
The course will include the following topics:
Sustainability assessment of hydropower projects
Water resources management in regulated river basins
Modelling of water resources in reservoirs and basins with multiple water use
Environmental impact assessment of hydropower regulations
Minimising and mitigating environmental impacts
Regulatory aspects of hydropower development
Licencing and legal framework
Compliance with international directives/standards in water management – Case EU Water Framework Directive (EU WFD)
Climate change and the impacts on the water resources


The course is aimed at personnel working on sustainability issues, water resources management and environmental impacts related to hydropower development and operation. This includes personnel working in hydropower companies, regional and national authorities, and other stakeholders in hydropower projects. Engineers working in water resources planning and multipurpose projects will also benefit from this course.

The participants should have a scientific degree or experience giving the equivalent competence.

This online course is Part 1 of 2. 
To successfully complete the training, it is recommended that participants attending Part-1 should also enrol and attend ***Part 2 of the course is planned to be hosted in Rwanda in 2021. 
***Part 2 will comprise a physical training workshop session, and continuation of the online course. Detailed presentations will be given on reflective case studies and practical exercises.
Part I – 30 November – 4 December 2020
This part of the course will be conducted online using lectures and interactive webinars.
***Part II – 2021 (Rwanda) - enrolment and attendance required

Carole Rosenlund, Head of Africa

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