Dam Safety Management for Sustainable Hydropower in Africa

16.07.2019 Carole

Zambia Week 38 | Date:  16 – 20 September, 2019 | Application deadline: August 7, 2019
Registration fee: 1000 USD | Fees include course materials, accommodation and meals

Dam safety is an essential issue that needs special attention by dam owners, governmental and non-governmental institutions as well as the public at large.

One of the measures to minimize the risks would be building human resources capacity for the proper operating and management of existing and new dams in Africa

Building the competency of stakeholders is required not only to minimize risks of failure but also to optimize the benefit of and for sustainable water resources utilization.

The main objective of this course is to identify and discuss with participants the extent of the problem and practical dam management measures for minimizing the risks of dam failure, ensure the sustainable use of the water resources in the region as well as to reduce all potential risks to people, property and the environment. 



To bring together peers mainly from the African regions for dialogue, experience sharing and net- working for mutual benefit. By doing so the trainees will advance their knowledge of dam safety.
To highlight from the participants the actual problems and challenges related to dam safety and possible potential solutions to these problems.
To bring specialists in the subject matter and create a platform for knowledge transfer and skills development on procedures for dam risk identification, analysis and management techniques on the continent.


The course will include but not limited to the following main topics;
a Dam types, function, cause and mode of failure
b Climate change and its impact on dam safety – regional perspective
c Dam risk assessment and risk management techniques/principles
d Instrumentation, surveillance, data collection and reporting
e Dam inspection, analysis and remedial measures
f Emergency action planning

The course is aimed at dam operators, dam owners, managers and field level experts.
Executives of power companies, ministries, water resource and energy agencies, and relevant private sector enterprises with dam operation and management responsibility will benefit from this course.
The course will also be of value to engineers working in water resources planning and multipurpose projects.


Participants are expected to arrive in Zambia on Sunday, 15th September and leave no earlier than Saturday 21st September 2019.
Information on travel, detailed course programme and other relevant information will be sent to all selected participants in due course.
Carole Rosenlund

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