VIENTIANE, LAO PDR — March 1 – 3, 2016: International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia to Feature ICEM Expertise

Hosted by the International Journal Hydropower and Dams and the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Lao PDR, the Sixth International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia will take place March 1 – 3 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. The Conference brings together hydropower experts from within Asia and across the globe.

The event is designed to synergise efforts in solving current and future challenges facing the hydropower sector. The information-rich agenda will allow international participants to discuss and explore ways of improving the development and management of water and hydropower resources.

As such, ICEM will present on its recent experiences with Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) in Lao PDR and northern Vietnam.

The conventional approach to the design of hydropower infrastructure is premised on the assumption that hydrological processes will remain relatively static, at least for the life of a dam. However, it has become clear that climate change will alter the means and extremes of key processes in the hydrological cycle such that we can no longer assume that these hydrometeorological process will stay static.

In partnership with Politecnico di Milano, Tarek Ketelsen of ICEM will present Hydro-resilience: understanding the impacts of climate change on the long-term performance of hydropower in Southeast Asia. The paper summarises a comparative analysis of the results of two very different studies, one on the Song La Hydropower project in Vietnam, and the other on the Nam Ngiep 1 Hydropower project in Lao PDR.

The paper also distills a set of practical recommendations to inform the need and approach for robust CRVA in the sector.

 Read more on ICEM’s work on the Nam Ngiep 1 CRVA