From 28 October to 1 November 2013, past UNESCO-IHE students arrived at Accra, Ghana to participate in a refresher course aimed at discussing the role of planning and governance in relation to managing large dams. Whilst being able to share their insights, the refresher course also gave the UNESCO-IHE alumni the opportunity to update their skills, acquire new knowledge and network with likeminded individuals.
Based on their country of origin, participants were asked to work in groups to present particular local cases studies, while UNESCO-IHE staff delivered lectures on topics that included water governance, environmental flows and sediment management in reservoirs.
A field trip was conducted at the Akosombo dam in Ghana, which was used as a local case study for participants to analyse the governance of the dam, apply a framework and conduct a comparative analysis against that of the Vajont dam located in Italy.
The course concluded at the Dutch embassy in Accra, where the closing ceremony took place with the ambassador presenting a certificate to all participants involved.