Focus Session

Capacity building

Strengthening local resource to promote understanding around good hydropower practice.

Wednesday 15 May 2019 | 11:15-12:30 | room: Mansart

This session aims to build or strengthen local resources to improve understanding and ownership of hydropower good practice.

Effective capacity building programmes look to increase the development, impact and sustainability of hydropower in developing countries by strengthening normative and institutional capacity within local regulators, developers and project owners.

Capacity is a complex concept, both in theory and in practice, and is typically defined as the ability to solve problems, make informed choices, define priorities and plan futures.

The objective of capacity building programmes in hydropower should thus focus on developing in-country resources, physical and intangible, to guide sustainable hydropower performance and ensure the long-term viability of project benefits.

Session objective

The objective of the session is to share knowledge and lessons learned of how capacity building programmes in hydropower can effectively result in strengthened local institutional capacity and ensure the long-term viability of project benefits. Panellists will also discuss environmental flows and their importance to the sustainability of hydropower projects. Finally, panel dialogue will debate key recommendations going forward.

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Senior Vice President Sales Africa, Voith Hydro Holding GmbH
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François EDWARDS

Lead River Ecologist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
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Giuseppe ARDUINO

Chief of Section – Eco-hydrology, Water Quality and Water Education Section, UNESCO
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Line Amlund HAGEN

Managing Director, International Centre for Hydropower (ICH)
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Director General, Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
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Senior Sustainability Specialist, International Hydropower Association
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Didier FAREZ

Marketing Director French Speaking Africa, Voith
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