Hydropower & Regional Development Workshop
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Participants will be split into smaller groups and given the opportunity to choose two of the three topics below which will be take place at 13:00 and repeated at 15:00. Each discussion will be documented by a rapporteur. All the participants will gather again in plenary at the end of the day to discuss the findings presented by the rapporteurs.
Topic 1: "Bringing markets to the resource"
Hydropower can be a powerful engine for economic growth, especially when linked with industries that seek low-carbon energy supply. Traditional and new power-intensive industries, such as metal, manufacturing, consumer goods, and internet data centres, are particularly likely to demand low-carbon energy. How to successfully link generation with these industries’ demand for power? This session will present recent case studies and will discuss their regional impacts.
Topic 2: "Regional interconnections"
Around the world, different regional strategies are applied to hydropower development; from bi-national interconnections to regional-level power trading. When does hydropower act as a catalyst for collaboration between parties, and which specific challenges does it pose for regional cooperation? Recent cases will be presented, with an emphasis on the political and technical framework needed for action and success.
Topic 3: "River basin perspectives"
Many different actors are involved in river basin development, including river basin commissions, riparian governments, private developers, civil society, etc. Which elements facilitate dialogue between these actors, and how can a satisfactory river basin development plan be achieved? Participants will also assess the role of the private sector, in particular when it is called upon to act in the absence of regional coordination.