Sustainable Hydropower Development and Operation

15.08.2019 Carole

Mozambique Week 48 | Date:  27 – 29 November, 2019 | Application deadline: September 30, 2019
Registration fee: 1000 USD | Fees includes course materials, accommodation and meals

Hydropower plays a vital role in reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, with generally low green-house gas emissions. Hydropower is far larger than all other renewable technologies together.

Development of hydropower creates both positive and negative social and environmental impacts. Hydropower projects can generate big benefits, but numerous projects have also ruined rivers and caused displacement of people.
Similar to all other infrastructure projects, hydropower developments and operations should be done in a sustainable manner. Sustainable development has at least three dimensions – environmental protection, and social & economic development.

The course will give the participants an introduction and some experiences in the sustainable management of water and hydropower resources. The lecturers will present state-of-the art methodology and tools to assess the sustainability of hydropower projects, with a focus on the environmental aspects of sustainability.
The participants will learn how a sustainability assessment is conducted, environmental impact assessments are carried out, and how to find mitigating measures. Licencing procedures, legal frameworks and the implementation of international standards and directives will be addressed.


The course will include the following topics:

  • Sustainability assessment of hydropower Projects
  • Water resources management in regulated river basins
  • Modelling of water resources in reservoirs and basins with multiple water use
  • Environmental impact assessment of hydropower regulations
  • Minimising and mitigating environmental impacts
  • Regulatory aspects of hydropower Development
  • Licencing and legal framework
  • Compliance with international directives/standards in water management – Case EU Water Framework Directive (EU WFD)
  • Climate change and the impacts on the water Resources


The course is aimed at personnel working on sustainability issues, water resources management and environmental impacts related to hydropower development and operation. This includes personnel working in hydropower companies, regional and national authorities and other stakeholders in hydropower projects. Engineers working in water resources planning and multipurpose projects will also benefit from this course.
The participants should have a scientific degree or experience giving the equivalent competence.

• A minimum of about 5 years of working experience is required.
• Applicants should hold an applicable degree or possess relevant background knowledge.
• Proficiency in English is compulsory for all the courses Notice of admission will be given shortly after the application closing date.
ICH reserves the right to accept or reject any applicant based on their qualifications and experience.


Participants are expected to arrive in Mozambique on Sunday, 24th November and leave no earlier than Thursday 28th November 2019.
Information on travel, detailed course programme and other relevant information will be sent to all selected participants in due course.


Carole Rosenlund, Head of Africa

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