Workshop: Climate change resilient storage and its socio-environmental implications

A workshop on climate change resilient storage and its socio-environmental implications will be held in Bogota, Colombia. The objective of the workshop is:

  • to disseminate the advances in the project carried out by MSc and PhD researchers on this topic
  • Establish necessities of research groups and task-forces for planning the upcoming work on  the development of the S-Multistor project and complementary activities

This workshop will be held in the IDEAM offices (Calle 25D No 96 B – 70) in Bogota during Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November 2018 from 9:30 to 16:00

The programme can be found in also here (in Spanish), supporting material about climate change in Colombia here, and a guide for creating effective scientific figures here.

Presentation schedule

Thursday 22

8:30 – 9:00 General presentation of the S-Multistor project Gerald Corzo (IHE-Delft)
9:00 – 9:30 The resilient reservoir Efraín Domínguez (PUJ)
9:30 – 10:00 Development of hydroinformatics tools to improve the integrated water management model for the Magdalena basin German Santos (Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería)
10:00 – 10:30 Management characteristics in the coverage during reservoir filling and its relationship with greenhouse gasses Juan Carlos Benavidez (PUJ)
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 hydro-climatological synchronisation David De León (PUJ)
11:30 – 12:00 Simulation of multiple components of river systems for a more sustainable hydropower Jairo Villada Arroyave (Empresa de energía “Celsia S.A – EPSA”)
12:00 – 13:30 Break
13:30 – 14:00 Hiweb,  on-line tool for estimating the assignation of water  Ximena Lemaitre (Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería)
14:00 – 14:30 Qualitative comparison between two methodologies for quantifying environmental flows in Colombia Yesica Rodríguez (Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería)
14:30 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 15:30 Modelling of greenhouse gasses in reservoirs in low elevation areas in Colombia Catalina Bonell (PUJ)
15:30 – 16:00 Identification of operation rules using metaheuristic multi-objective optimisation and artificial neural networks Carlos Tami (Escuela de Ingeniería)

 

 

Friday 23

9:30 – 10:00 Strategic hydroelectric planning in the Magdalena-Cauca basin: Economic, social and environmental opportunities Jonathan Nogales (TNC)
10:00 – 10:30 Reservoir sustainability in the Magdalena-Cauca basin: Insights from cumulative impacts Hector Angarita (SEI)
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 the socio-technic regime of the water governance in hydropower reservoirs Cesar Ortiz (PUJ)
11:30 – 12:00 Operational forecasting systems and its role in reservoir management Andrés Velasco (Enel-Emgesa)
12:00 – 13:30 Break
13:30 – 14:00 Research challenges and necessities of the centre for water (Centro del Agua) – ANDI Silvia Vargas (ANDI)
14:00 – 15:30 Workshop
15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:30 Closure

Workshop: Zambezi Day

A workshop to bring together scientists to work together towards an integrated research and capacity development agenda in the Zambezi Basin is being organized at IHE Delft (26th September). The structure will be a morning of short talks followed by a semi-structured, facilitated workshop in the afternoon. The aim is to develop a future common agenda, including some concrete objectives, along with capacity development and policy needs related to our collective expertise. We plan to use the outputs of this meeting to target funding sources and opportunities for collaboration with both North and South partners. More information here.

Please note: this workshop is for invited guest only.

 

Event at the World Water Week

Mário Franca and Miroslav Marence organized in 30th August the event at the World Water Week (Stockholm): Towards the circularization of hydroelectricity using the existing hydraulic infrastructure. Key players in the hydropower industry were invited to debate synergistic approaches to respond to both food and energy needs which are essential to respond to the WEF Nexus, in particular to attain the SGDs 2, 6 and 7. The development of alternative strategies and technical solutions incorporated in existing structures, used primarily for other purposes, represents an additional low-impact and lucrative solution for energy generation and was discussed. A lively discussion was held with the audience which counted with participants from academia, industry and ngo’s concerned about the sustainability of energy production.

The participants of the event (left to right), Mário Franca (IHE Delft, organizer), Thomas Sandberg (Swedish Small Hydropower and European Renewable Energies Federation), Anton Schleiss (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and International Commission on Large Dams), Rana Singh (Department of Energy, United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and Miroslav Marence (IHE Delft, organizer).

Myanmar Stage 0 National Environmental Flows Symposium/Workshop

Environmental flows is a completely new concept to Myanmar. A Stage 0 National environmental flows (eflows) symposium/workshop was set-up in Myanmar on 15th August to (1) build awareness of the need for environmental flows within water management, and (2) gain a baseline understanding of the policy/legislation, research and data, and capacity of institutions to start to work towards a national framework on environmental flows. The major partners for the project and the symposium were Yangon Technological University, IHE Delft, Charles Sturt University, IFC and WWF. The main output for now envisioned from the workshop is to develop a State of Knowledge (SOK) report to be used in defining further steps for eflows within Myanmar.

On Monday August 13, a researchers group; University Eflows and Ecosystem Services Research Working Group (consisting of YTU, MMU and MTU researchers) was formed and met at Inya Lake hotel to hold a mini workshop. Research projects, priorities, and partners (government, NGO) were discussed. On Wednesday August 15, a Stage 0 National environmental flows symposium/workshop was held. The symposium was attended by 135 delegates, and 60 delegates took part in the afternoon workshop. Reporters from 3 papers and television also attended. Delegates deemed it a very successful symposium/workshop and called for the development of a national framework for environmental flows.

Over 135 attended the symposium and 60 attended the technical workshop in the afternoon.

Press coverage

SYMPOSIUM AND TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS IN MYANMAR

Yangon Technological University, IHE Delft, Charles Sturt University, IFC and WWF are organizing, supported by S-MultiStor, a symposium on the science and policy of environmental flows (eflows) in Myanmar. A technical workshop will follow the symposium where local and international experts will work on providing a baseline for eflows within Myanmar from a science and policy level.

Event at the World Water Week, 30th August, Stockholm

Mário Franca and Miroslav Marence are organizing an event at the World Water Week, on the 30h August in Stockholm: Towards the circularization of hydroelectricity using the existing hydraulic infrastructure.

It will have the participation of key players in the hydropower industry and it will be dedicated to the discussion of synergistic approaches to respond to both food and energy needs which are essential to respond to the WEF Nexus, in particular to attain the SGDs 2, 6 and 7. The development of alternative strategies and technical solutions incorporated in existing structures, used primarily for other purposes, represents an additional low-impact and lucrative solution for energy generation and will be discussed.

Young professionals are invited to contact the organizers (Mário Franca and Miroslav Marence) to have an active role in the event.

Participation of Mário Franca and Jairo Villada at the first National Water Congress in Colombia (ANDI Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia), 6th June, Bogotá

On 6th June Mário Franca and Jairo Villada participated in the 1st National Water Congress (1er Congreso Nacional del Agua) organized by ANDI (National Business Association of Colombia), in Bogotá.

Mário Franca gave a keynote speech on the integrated management of water resources, focusing on the need to consider the sediments, which have been produced and transported within the river basins, since the initial stages of planning and design of new water storage projects. He also talked about the circular economy in the context of hydropower and presented the water management structure which exists in the Netherlands.

Jairo Vallada, from the energy company Celsia S.A. E.S.P. and actually doing his PhD at IHE Delft, participatd in a panel about the importance of incorporating the consideration for environmental compensation measures in the planning phase of water storage and hydropower projects.

The participants of the Congress included a mix of private sector entrepreneurs, politicians and decision makers, NGO members, engineers and academics.

Mario was invited by ANDI and his participation had the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. He leads the project S-MultiStor, which involves ANDI and other Colombian institutions as partners, and which is is funded by DUPC2 (programmatic cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS). The presentation can be downloaded here website of the Congress.