Water Storage an Hydropwer Development for Africa

Africa 2019

  • 02 Apr 2019 - 04 Apr 2019
  • 15:00
  • Safari Court Congress Centre, Windhoek, Namibia
  • Africa 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa

The International Conference “Africa 2019 – Water Storage and Hydropower Development for Africa”, will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, April 2nd to 4th 2019. A special session on sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals will be organised and managed under the auspices of IHE Delft and S-MutiStore project on the conference.

Session on Sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals

IHE Delft's staff members Mario Franca and Miroslav Marence will give a session on Sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals (session 16).

Storage to stabilize water availability is essential to sustain water, food and energy production, reduce hazards, and adapt to climate change. Regulation of water resources using dams and reservoirs played a major role in the socio-economic development of northern countries during the 20th century, but practices of the time often led to undesired environmental and social impacts. Thousands more dams and reservoirs are planned for construction in the next decades, mainly in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. There is a threat that many of the unwanted impacts experienced in the last century may be repeated in this new wave of dam construction, perhaps with even more severe consequences. A thorough analysis and debate of the approaches to sustainable multipurpose storage, including definition of environmental flows, sedimentary management, ecology continuity, socio-economic adaptation, among others, is needed. Targeted development outcomes include improved catchment management for water, food, and energy security that is socially and environmentally sustainable and contributes directly to Agenda 2030.

In response to this global development challenge, we propose a session to bring together the community of engineers, scholars and scientists, which form a common platform with interest on the planning and design of dams and reservoirs and on the evaluation and mitigation of their undesirable effects. We intend to see discussed improved approaches to sustainable multipurpose storage including decision-support tools that have the potential to make a measurable impact on sustainable development. Specific outputs such as consolidated or under development improved decision support tools for basin-scale planning of new storage infrastructure, and tools for improved design and operation of individual facilities, are welcome. The best contributions will be invited to submit their contribution to a special issue on a technical journal which will be prepared.

The session will be chaired by Miroslav Marence (IHE Delft, Delft, The Netherlands) and Luca Ferrini (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ, Niamez, Niger) and will include five presentations covering all three S-MultiStor river basins:

  • A. Rodriguez, G. R. Santos, G. A. Corzo, H. A. Angarita, J. Delgado: Holistic methodologies for the estimation of environmental flows in Colombia from a comparative perspective.
  • Su Su Hlaing, Cho Cho Thin Kyi: Environmental Flows in Myanmar: Assessment of Environmental Flows in Myitnge River Basin.
  • M. Uamusse, E. Pondja, C. Nhantumbo, K. M.Persson: Hydropower plants in remote area in Mozambique: The impact of rural electrification provided by mini-grids in Manica.
  • Ferrini, Nora Van Cauwenbergh: When can local knowledge help reduce vulnerability? Insights from multi-purpose infrastructure in the Niger Basin.
  • S. Stahly, M.J. Franca, D. Tonolla, M. Doring, C.T. Robinson, A.J. Schleiss: Increase of hydraulic habitat diversity downstream of dams with sediment replenishment and artificial flooding.

This session is promoted in the framework of a thematic research program on Sustainable Hydropower and Multipurpose Storage to meet Water, Food, and Energy Development Goals: A Program for Collaborative Research and Innovation (S-MultiStor), supported by the Programmatic Cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IHE Delft in the period 2016 - 2020, also called DUPC2. The activities are focused in the Irrawaddy Basin of Myanmar, Zambezi Basin of Southern Africa, and Magdalena Basin of Colombia.


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