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Workshops will take place across two days prior to the main Congress, on 7 and 8 May. All are welcome to purchase a ticket to these workshop sessions. You can add them when you purchase your Congress ticket, or log in to add them at a later date.

Workshop 1: State-of-the-art sediment management practices - 7 May. 09:00-12:00

Hydropower energy production is being reduced by loss of reservoir storage capacity at an annual rate of 1% globally as a result of sedimentation. Extreme rainfall and erosion due to climate change will increase the rate of sedimentation. Sediment management seeks to maintain the sustainability of reservoirs, extending benefits such as energy and water supply and flood protection in the long term.

Nature-Based Infrastructures (NBI) offer considerable potential to reduce erosion rates in the watershed, and in turn reduce sedimentation in reservoirs. Prevention via NBI can even alleviate the need for other high-cost interventions in sediment routing and removal strategies. As such, the economic and financial returns of NBI should be considered in sediment management. In addition, NBI can offer further benefits to those associated with multipurpose reservoirs, such as flood protection, water supply, livelihood provisions and in particular can reduce the risk of natural disaster. It creates opportunities to develop an integrated watershed approach when planning and operating a dam.

Following further research to reverse net storage loss, and therefore improve the sustainability of hydropower, the World Bank Group published “Extending the Life of Reservoirs: Sustainable Sediment Management for Dams and Run-of-River Hydropower”. Subsequently, WBG launched a new initiative to collect and identify criteria based on case studies to assist in pre-feasibility-level decision making on sediment management.

A website on sediment management and the synthesis of a number of case studies will be presented at this workshop. The aim is to further explore best practices in sediment management for implementing at the planning, operation and maintenance phase of reservoirs with hydropower as one of their main purposes.

Workshop 2: Hydropower and dam safety management - 7 May. 13:30-16:30

Using as a basis an upcoming, comprehensive study on legal and institutional frameworks for sustainable dam safety, this workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to comment on the findings and share experiences from around the world on state of the art practices for hydropower and dam safety. 

Workshop 3: Climate resilience for hydropower projects - 8 May. 09:00-12:00

A recent World Bank publication entitled “Enhancing the Climate Resilience of Africa's Infrastructure: The Power and Water Sectors” provides a description of the impacts of climate change on hydro-power and irrigation expansion plans in Africa’s main rivers basins. These fundamental principles can be applied to the development of climate resilience guidelines for the hydropower sector.

The World Bank has engaged Mott McDonald to draft guidelines for the hydropower sector which will demonstrate best practices in building climate resilience into new hydropower projects, existing assets at risk and modernisation projects.

A workshop hosted by IHA at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will feature the synthesis of these guidelines, and feature a number of case studies exhibiting best practices for implementing climate resilience into existing hydropower projects. The workshop will further explore methodologies for implementing these best practices into the planning and design of future hydropower projects and the modernization of existing projects.

Workshop 4: Strategies to optimise operations, maintenance and modernisation - 8 May. 13:30-16:30

According to IHA’s database of hydropower statistics, over half of the world’s current 1,000 GW installed capacity will have been or are due to undergo renovations for the purpose of upgrading and modernisation. By 2050, the entire current capacity will have required modernization. Forward-looking operation and maintenance strategies are required to ensure the best outcomes under time and financial constraints.

This workshop will explore the issues of operation, maintenance and modernisation from the point of view of decision-makers. Strategies for plant life extension; automation; repurposing; operating mode optimisation and the incorporation of different types of equipment will be covered among other key topics. 

If you have already bought a 2017WHC ticket and wish to add workshops to your booking, please log in to your account.

Tickets will be available soon.