GCRF: DAMS 2.0: Design and assessment of resilient and sustainable interventions in water-energy-food-environment Mega-Systems

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Environment, Education and Development

Abstract

The world is moving into an unprecedented era of dam-building with more than 3700 large dams currently planned or under construction, much of which are in DAC list countries. These projects have the potential to contribute significantly to the economic and social changes that underpin global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, past experiences show that poorly designed and planned dam projects conversely may have large negative impacts on the poor, and exacerbate political instability and environmental degradation. This proposal seeks to create the knowledge base, capacity and capability for a 'Dams 2.0' future, in which dams built in DAC list countries are selected, designed and operated to support resilient and sustainable national, regional and global development in a 2.0 degC world. This will be achieved by understanding and assessing dams as interdependent human-nexus (water-energy-food-environment) system interventions and enabling stakeholders to negotiate economic, social, political and ecological impacts despite future uncertainty.

Our proposal will address this ambitious goal through unique cross- and inter-disciplinary research and capacity development partnerships between three sets of key actors. First, our project will stimulate collaboration between several UK centres of research excellence in development, water-energy engineering, economics, food security, climate change, finance and ecology (the universities of Manchester (UM), Cambridge, University College London (UCL), Surrey, Newcastle and Southampton, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Second, we will consolidate links with a carefully selected network of researchers and policy-makers in 4 countries/regions (The Centre for Science and Industrial (CSIR) - Water in Ghana, Technological University of Yangon in Myanmar, Jordanian Institute of Science and Technology in the Middle East region, Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi, India). Thirdly, we will seek to work collaboratively with some of the world's most influential development organisations such as The World Bank (WB), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the International Hydropower Association (IHA), and the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI).

Dams 2.0 is led by a team with a proven track record in successfully managing large consortium grants across multiple countries and disciplines that focus on applied development and policy impact challenges. Our work will provide tailored guidance and build capacity for water-energy-food systems management in each of our case studies regions. In addition, our project will create a framework and accompanying software toolkit for dam system design and training worldwide. This online software will link several open access water, energy, food, and ecological simulation models to state-of-the-art decision-making under uncertainty approaches. This software will be made accessible via an associated suite of online training materials (games & modules we plan to develop with IWMI and the World Bank) for use by dam selection/design/operation teams globally in a range of settings.

Planned Impact

The main beneficiaries of our work will be: (1) local researchers and decision-makers in our case study countries and regions (Myanmar/South Asia, Ghana/sub-Saharan Africa, Jordan/Middle East); (2) the global research and practitioner community in the field of dam management; (3) UK academic community; (4) the broader general public. How each group will benefit from our project is summarised briefly below. Our pathways to impact statement and case for support provide greater detail.

Local researchers and decision-makers in our case study countries will benefit from enhanced capacity around the design, operation, and management of complex water-food-energy systems. Through our tailored academic training programme and collaborative research, these groups will benefit from raised academic skills and knowledge that is tailored to the management and decision-making challenges faced in their countries presently and in the future.

The global research and practitioner community will benefit from a state-of-the-art set of multi-disciplinary assessment and modelling tools for dam design and operation management. An online software portal and associate training materials will support negotiation-based decision-making, and provide comprehensive visualisations to enable the global research community to address conflict around dam projects worldwide. All software tools and materials will be fully open-access, supporting uptake and application in developing country settings. Our agreed partnerships with the World Bank and International Water Management Institute are especially significant for our being able to deliver impact across the practitioner community.

The UK academic research community will be impacted by development of new links between centres of excellence. These links will lay the foundation for the UK to influence the global research agenda on dam management, and be perceived as a world leader in research around water-food-energy system evaluation and management. This is especially pertinent given the projected global boom in dam construction (3700 new dams are currently planned or under construction), and the growing challenges to water, food, and energy security worldwide.

Finally, the general public, financiers, policy makers, and civil society groups will be impacted through enhanced understanding of the multi-faceted benefits and impacts of dam projects. Specifically, our project and the associated assessment tools developed will facilitate enhanced knowledge and learning about how modern inter-disciplinary science can contribute to sustainable resource development and negotiated solution to conflicts around dam projects.

Our impact strategy builds on the successful track record of GDI, MACE and partners in influencing policy and professional practice in DAC list countries and international agencies. We have the great advantage of being able to utilise GDI's established Communications Unit from day one of the project.

Organisations

Publications

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Title Lamaload film installation 
Description Lamaload is an artistic film and audio 8-channel installation created by Mark Pilkington at School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Manchester University. It is based around visual and aural experiences centred upon the Lamaload dam in the Peak District. Francois Edwards used project funds to collaborate with Mark Pilkington on an evolution of his artwork. This consisted of devising a list of key words and thought provoking words on the topic of dams and their societal and environmental impacts (good and bad) that were then inserted into the movie, flashing up briefly at random throughout. This version of the film was screened at the Liquidscapes conference in June 2018 , an arts and humanties conference on the topic of water. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The aim of this screening was to further raise interest in water managment issues and provoke thoughts on the trade offs between society and the environment. The film received good feedback from the diverse audience (social scientists, artists, general public, environmental stakeholders and professionals). While some appreciated the unique visual and aural interpretaion of what a dam is, others responded to the thoughts provoked by the superimposition of key words. The movie was popular with those that had attended the presentation by Francois Edwards on dams in human landscapes at the same conference, who felt that (as was intended) they had experienced the same concepts presented in two ways, a traditional presentation and an artistic interpretation. 
URL https://player.vimeo.com/video/268793527
 
Description The programme has produced 14 disciplinary mini-reviews which have identified the current 'state of play' within each discipline and identified opportunities for further innovative new research in each disciplinary field as well as opportunities for cross, multi and inter disciplinary research. These opportunities will be reviewed in the October programme forum and further work mapped out. In addition 'thematic' reports have been produced for the social and political sciences, including the economic analysis of dams. An initial report on the World Commission on Dams has also been produced and discussions with the project advisory board have highlighted the importance of an historical analysis as to what was successful and what was unsuccessful in the WCD process. To understand the mistakes made is to avoid repeating them.
The model for co-creating interdisciplinary research and a Volta Basin decision making model with project partners and a wider cohort of stakeholders in Ghana has been developed and this could be adapted for use in other case study countries. Working with the Ghana team the programme has confirmed that it will be important to conduct research and study into how the approach will widen participation from historically unrepresented groups, the root causes of their under-representation, and how to ensure that an approach takes into account their interests - this should be a core element of the social sciences research plan The programme also learned that an energy market will be introduced in Ghana. This will inevitably increase the difficulty in the modelling exercise as it adds further complexity: opening up a market to encourage private investment to generate capacity and especially latent capacity will add a significantly difficult variable into the modelling exercise as markets are notoriously difficult to model/predict. This does create an opportunity however as if done relatively successfully it would prove the modelling approach can be implemented in a greater variety of situations and circumstances.
The technical modelling work has created a multi-disciplinary team that is implementing novel cross-disciplinary analysis and tools. The initial focus has been on how to integrate water-management and electrical power engineering analyses into a common assessment platform centred initially on joining simulation modelling. Most importantly the initial findings are that what is a very ambitious objective - to create an integrated water-energy-food-environment decision making model based on open source software and accessible through an online platform - is technically feasible and of great interest and use to stakeholders. Two software models have been developed PyWR and PyEnergy modelling water and energy respectively in software. Both have shown to be successful. The programme has further developed PyNSim which allows these two to be 'connected' together or integrated to create a functioning water-energy modelling software tool. The programme has also developed an online interface (Graphical User Interface, GUI) that is an easily accesible way of using these software models. The GUI has been proven to work with PyWR and the team is making it work with PyEnergy. The tream has built a functioning real world water model based on Ghana and a hypothetical water-energy model as a proof of concept.
The programme has also found that it will be increasingly important to view the contribution of hydropower dams within the context of a broader energy mix and especially in the context of increasingly cost effective renewable alternatives since the depreciation in cost of photo voltaic technologies. What role will big hydroelectric dams play in a future scenario and will big dams reduce once again in popularity?
As well as an analysis of the negative social effects of big dams through studies on resettlement (how its been done in the past, how it could be done better) it's also become clear that there are few studies and analysis of the positive social effects of big dams and research programme will seek to address this by approaching studies without bias or incentive.
The interaction so far between disciplinary groups has been very positive and it is clear that there are many opportunities for interdisciplinary work to happen. In particular the Volta Basin case study has led to the production of an initial country report co-created by the CSIR (Physical sciences) and the Institute of African Studies (Social Sciences). Such collaborations are possible and have great potential for development. The modelling work is inherently multi-disciplinary and has progressed well showing that it is possible to integrate water and energy models using the software platform that has been designed and adapted for the programme.
Exploitation Route The programme itself will take these initial findings forward to develop the 'approach'. FutureDAMS is developing the proper language to conceptualise what the approach is and means. In essence the programme seeks to create an 'approach' to decision making when considering the intervention of a mega-system(s) within a river basin. We define 'the approach' as a country specific model built on top of an open source software tool that will allow decision makers and stakeholders to quickly and efficiently evaluate many billions of combinations and possibilities when it comes to where and how a dam should be built and operated (indeed whether or not a dam is even the optimal solution to achieve an identified need). The model will be supplemented with a 'wrapper'. The 'wrapper' will involve contributions from the social and political sciences that cannot easily be modelled. The wrapper will serve the purposes of ensuring that decision makers and stakeholders have a full understanding and appreciation of the latest research and evidence in issues like resettlement, and 'best practice' that ensures decisions are made in a consultative manner with a broader range of stakeholder interests considered. Part of the social and political study will investigate how decision makers may be incentivised to use the full approach, and who is involved in decision making processes.
The language of a 'wrapper' is not preferable in the long term as a wrapper suggests it is something that can be discarded whereas no part of the approach can be dispensed with if it is to work optimally. It is clear to see how such an approach could be of great use to stakeholders - both the 'usual suspects' who are currently at the forefront of decision making and as a route in for the unvoiced/voiceless stakeholders. For both, if used correctly, it would facilitate more optimal and inclusive decision making leading to improved decisions and better dams and WEFE mega-systems. This would benefit everybody including the poorest and the environment in furthering the sustainable development goals.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Construction,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy

 
Description Whilst only some findings have been generated as of yet the prinicpal/potential of the programme has been discussed with many high level stakeholders and policy/practice decision makers and influencers. For example with the World Bank, International Hydropower Association, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the International Water Management institute. It is clear from these early engagements that there is significant interest in the programme and the potential for the approach that it could generate which would greatly improve decision making around dam selection, design building and operation. It has been possible to bring together people from different disciplines and sectors to work collaboratively on designing the models and the approach. In case study countries, particularly in Ghana, engagements with practitioners and stakeholders has demonstrated a great interest and an enthusiasm for adopting integrated water-energy-food-environment mega-systems approaches, recognised in some circles as 'nexus' approaches.There is considerable willingness to engage with co-creation of models and to adopt interdisciplinary approaches. As the programme develops stories of impact and change will be co-authored by case study country partners and post-doctoral research associates which demonstrates impact.
First Year Of Impact 2018
 
Description GCRF Living Deltas Hub
Amount £15,287,248 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/S008926/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 05/2024
 
Description ONE Planet NERC Doctoral Training Programme
Amount £6,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 09/2024
 
Title Ghana Water Model 
Description Using data from Ghana a functioning real world water model has been built in the python software and has been tested on the graphical user interface. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Having this fully developed will allow modelling of Ghanaian water resources using the simulator software and GUI. it will allow for the adddition/inclusion/intergration of a future energy model and subsequent models. 
 
Title Hypothetical Water-Energy Model 
Description Using the software developed under the programme an initial hypothetical water-energy model was built to test proof of concept. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Proved the software and GUI are operational and functioning. 
 
Description FutureDAMS International Working Group 
Organisation International Finance Corporation
PI Contribution The research team provides the working group with updates on the project progress and access to models on development. FutureDAMS convenes the group and allows a space for the high level policy makers/inluencers to discuss their needs and requirements as stakeholders
Collaborator Contribution The FutureDAMS Working Group is intended to: • Influence the formulation and content of the intervention design and assessment approach and associated online analytical and training toolkit; • Further and promote a systems scale design to hydropower system investment • Influence case-study designs and project deliverables; • Review, advise on and learn from the application of the framework to case-studies; • Consider adopting and/or promoting the project deliverables (i.e. approach, toolkit, training platform). Members of the FutureDAMS Working Group will be expected to: • Meet annually (x4) in person at side-meetings of popular sectoral gatherings • Participate in intermediate 2/3-monthly progress call • Review documents provided for the purpose of informing the Working Group of progress and decisions • Collaborate more intensively in particular areas of the project if desired, and as opportunities arise
Impact The inaugural meeting raised significant interest and enthusiasm for the programme. This is a step towards adoption of the approach in the long term. Other organisations and individuals that may be invited to FutureDAMS working group events • NDC partnership (national determined contributions), UNFCCC, NDCI (London investors) • Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) (World Bank), SAWI • International agency of river basin organisations (Marseille) • African Development Bank • Asian Development Bank , • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank • EIB (European Investment Bank) • EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development): • UNECE (U.N. Economic Commission for Europe) • FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation) • GIZ Abu dhabi dialogue • UK CDC
Start Year 2018
 
Description FutureDAMS International Working Group 
Organisation International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Country Switzerland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team provides the working group with updates on the project progress and access to models on development. FutureDAMS convenes the group and allows a space for the high level policy makers/inluencers to discuss their needs and requirements as stakeholders
Collaborator Contribution The FutureDAMS Working Group is intended to: • Influence the formulation and content of the intervention design and assessment approach and associated online analytical and training toolkit; • Further and promote a systems scale design to hydropower system investment • Influence case-study designs and project deliverables; • Review, advise on and learn from the application of the framework to case-studies; • Consider adopting and/or promoting the project deliverables (i.e. approach, toolkit, training platform). Members of the FutureDAMS Working Group will be expected to: • Meet annually (x4) in person at side-meetings of popular sectoral gatherings • Participate in intermediate 2/3-monthly progress call • Review documents provided for the purpose of informing the Working Group of progress and decisions • Collaborate more intensively in particular areas of the project if desired, and as opportunities arise
Impact The inaugural meeting raised significant interest and enthusiasm for the programme. This is a step towards adoption of the approach in the long term. Other organisations and individuals that may be invited to FutureDAMS working group events • NDC partnership (national determined contributions), UNFCCC, NDCI (London investors) • Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) (World Bank), SAWI • International agency of river basin organisations (Marseille) • African Development Bank • Asian Development Bank , • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank • EIB (European Investment Bank) • EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development): • UNECE (U.N. Economic Commission for Europe) • FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation) • GIZ Abu dhabi dialogue • UK CDC
Start Year 2018
 
Description FutureDAMS International Working Group 
Organisation The Nature Conservancy
Country Unknown 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team provides the working group with updates on the project progress and access to models on development. FutureDAMS convenes the group and allows a space for the high level policy makers/inluencers to discuss their needs and requirements as stakeholders
Collaborator Contribution The FutureDAMS Working Group is intended to: • Influence the formulation and content of the intervention design and assessment approach and associated online analytical and training toolkit; • Further and promote a systems scale design to hydropower system investment • Influence case-study designs and project deliverables; • Review, advise on and learn from the application of the framework to case-studies; • Consider adopting and/or promoting the project deliverables (i.e. approach, toolkit, training platform). Members of the FutureDAMS Working Group will be expected to: • Meet annually (x4) in person at side-meetings of popular sectoral gatherings • Participate in intermediate 2/3-monthly progress call • Review documents provided for the purpose of informing the Working Group of progress and decisions • Collaborate more intensively in particular areas of the project if desired, and as opportunities arise
Impact The inaugural meeting raised significant interest and enthusiasm for the programme. This is a step towards adoption of the approach in the long term. Other organisations and individuals that may be invited to FutureDAMS working group events • NDC partnership (national determined contributions), UNFCCC, NDCI (London investors) • Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) (World Bank), SAWI • International agency of river basin organisations (Marseille) • African Development Bank • Asian Development Bank , • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank • EIB (European Investment Bank) • EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development): • UNECE (U.N. Economic Commission for Europe) • FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation) • GIZ Abu dhabi dialogue • UK CDC
Start Year 2018
 
Description FutureDAMS International Working Group 
Organisation UK Department for International Development
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The research team provides the working group with updates on the project progress and access to models on development. FutureDAMS convenes the group and allows a space for the high level policy makers/inluencers to discuss their needs and requirements as stakeholders
Collaborator Contribution The FutureDAMS Working Group is intended to: • Influence the formulation and content of the intervention design and assessment approach and associated online analytical and training toolkit; • Further and promote a systems scale design to hydropower system investment • Influence case-study designs and project deliverables; • Review, advise on and learn from the application of the framework to case-studies; • Consider adopting and/or promoting the project deliverables (i.e. approach, toolkit, training platform). Members of the FutureDAMS Working Group will be expected to: • Meet annually (x4) in person at side-meetings of popular sectoral gatherings • Participate in intermediate 2/3-monthly progress call • Review documents provided for the purpose of informing the Working Group of progress and decisions • Collaborate more intensively in particular areas of the project if desired, and as opportunities arise
Impact The inaugural meeting raised significant interest and enthusiasm for the programme. This is a step towards adoption of the approach in the long term. Other organisations and individuals that may be invited to FutureDAMS working group events • NDC partnership (national determined contributions), UNFCCC, NDCI (London investors) • Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) (World Bank), SAWI • International agency of river basin organisations (Marseille) • African Development Bank • Asian Development Bank , • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank • EIB (European Investment Bank) • EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development): • UNECE (U.N. Economic Commission for Europe) • FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation) • GIZ Abu dhabi dialogue • UK CDC
Start Year 2018
 
Description FutureDAMS International Working Group 
Organisation World Bank Group
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The research team provides the working group with updates on the project progress and access to models on development. FutureDAMS convenes the group and allows a space for the high level policy makers/inluencers to discuss their needs and requirements as stakeholders
Collaborator Contribution The FutureDAMS Working Group is intended to: • Influence the formulation and content of the intervention design and assessment approach and associated online analytical and training toolkit; • Further and promote a systems scale design to hydropower system investment • Influence case-study designs and project deliverables; • Review, advise on and learn from the application of the framework to case-studies; • Consider adopting and/or promoting the project deliverables (i.e. approach, toolkit, training platform). Members of the FutureDAMS Working Group will be expected to: • Meet annually (x4) in person at side-meetings of popular sectoral gatherings • Participate in intermediate 2/3-monthly progress call • Review documents provided for the purpose of informing the Working Group of progress and decisions • Collaborate more intensively in particular areas of the project if desired, and as opportunities arise
Impact The inaugural meeting raised significant interest and enthusiasm for the programme. This is a step towards adoption of the approach in the long term. Other organisations and individuals that may be invited to FutureDAMS working group events • NDC partnership (national determined contributions), UNFCCC, NDCI (London investors) • Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) (World Bank), SAWI • International agency of river basin organisations (Marseille) • African Development Bank • Asian Development Bank , • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank • EIB (European Investment Bank) • EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development): • UNECE (U.N. Economic Commission for Europe) • FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation) • GIZ Abu dhabi dialogue • UK CDC
Start Year 2018
 
Description FutureDAMS International Working Group 
Organisation World Wide Fund for Nature
Country Switzerland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The research team provides the working group with updates on the project progress and access to models on development. FutureDAMS convenes the group and allows a space for the high level policy makers/inluencers to discuss their needs and requirements as stakeholders
Collaborator Contribution The FutureDAMS Working Group is intended to: • Influence the formulation and content of the intervention design and assessment approach and associated online analytical and training toolkit; • Further and promote a systems scale design to hydropower system investment • Influence case-study designs and project deliverables; • Review, advise on and learn from the application of the framework to case-studies; • Consider adopting and/or promoting the project deliverables (i.e. approach, toolkit, training platform). Members of the FutureDAMS Working Group will be expected to: • Meet annually (x4) in person at side-meetings of popular sectoral gatherings • Participate in intermediate 2/3-monthly progress call • Review documents provided for the purpose of informing the Working Group of progress and decisions • Collaborate more intensively in particular areas of the project if desired, and as opportunities arise
Impact The inaugural meeting raised significant interest and enthusiasm for the programme. This is a step towards adoption of the approach in the long term. Other organisations and individuals that may be invited to FutureDAMS working group events • NDC partnership (national determined contributions), UNFCCC, NDCI (London investors) • Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) (World Bank), SAWI • International agency of river basin organisations (Marseille) • African Development Bank • Asian Development Bank , • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank • EIB (European Investment Bank) • EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development): • UNECE (U.N. Economic Commission for Europe) • FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation) • GIZ Abu dhabi dialogue • UK CDC
Start Year 2018
 
Description Ghanaian Modelling Partners (Stakeholders/Practitioners) 
Organisation Bui Power Authority
PI Contribution This partnership/collaboration is facilitated by CSIR in Ghana, the lead partner in the case study country. The programme will provide training on modelling in workshops and through ongoing interactions.
Collaborator Contribution The named partners above will contribute data and with the consortium partners co-create a Ghana specific water-energy-food-environment systems model for use in slecting, designing, building an operating dams and WEFE mega-systems. The group is likely to expand as the modelling progresses.
Impact This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration to co-create a Ghana specific model of WEFE systems based on the open source software platform that is being developed. The group has been inaugurated and will hold its first of a series of meetings to iteratively develop the model in Octoiber 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Ghanaian Modelling Partners (Stakeholders/Practitioners) 
Organisation Volta Basin Authority
Country Burkina Faso 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This partnership/collaboration is facilitated by CSIR in Ghana, the lead partner in the case study country. The programme will provide training on modelling in workshops and through ongoing interactions.
Collaborator Contribution The named partners above will contribute data and with the consortium partners co-create a Ghana specific water-energy-food-environment systems model for use in slecting, designing, building an operating dams and WEFE mega-systems. The group is likely to expand as the modelling progresses.
Impact This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration to co-create a Ghana specific model of WEFE systems based on the open source software platform that is being developed. The group has been inaugurated and will hold its first of a series of meetings to iteratively develop the model in Octoiber 2018.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Myanmar National Partnerships 
Organisation University of Yangon
PI Contribution Contributing to the development of research capacity and knowledge/information dissemination and uptake on water and energy management in Myanmar. Co-organising workshops and co-producing learning materials on and offline.
Collaborator Contribution Convening key stakeholders, creating political goodwill and opportunity for expanding impact. The Irrawaddy Policy Exchange (IPE) and Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) facilitated connections and networking with the ministry of education and the Universities Rectors Committee, culminating in a letter of support from the Union Minister. This will enable the programme to work with universities across Myanmar to conduct the research and capacity development exercises that will help us achieve long term impact. The IPE/TIDE projects will helps convene workshops for capacity development and disseminate learning materials.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration
Start Year 2019
 
Description Myanmar National Partnerships 
Organisation Yangon Technological University
PI Contribution Contributing to the development of research capacity and knowledge/information dissemination and uptake on water and energy management in Myanmar. Co-organising workshops and co-producing learning materials on and offline.
Collaborator Contribution Convening key stakeholders, creating political goodwill and opportunity for expanding impact. The Irrawaddy Policy Exchange (IPE) and Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) facilitated connections and networking with the ministry of education and the Universities Rectors Committee, culminating in a letter of support from the Union Minister. This will enable the programme to work with universities across Myanmar to conduct the research and capacity development exercises that will help us achieve long term impact. The IPE/TIDE projects will helps convene workshops for capacity development and disseminate learning materials.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration
Start Year 2019
 
Description Myanmar National Partnerships 
Organisation Yangon University of Economics
PI Contribution Contributing to the development of research capacity and knowledge/information dissemination and uptake on water and energy management in Myanmar. Co-organising workshops and co-producing learning materials on and offline.
Collaborator Contribution Convening key stakeholders, creating political goodwill and opportunity for expanding impact. The Irrawaddy Policy Exchange (IPE) and Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education (TIDE) facilitated connections and networking with the ministry of education and the Universities Rectors Committee, culminating in a letter of support from the Union Minister. This will enable the programme to work with universities across Myanmar to conduct the research and capacity development exercises that will help us achieve long term impact. The IPE/TIDE projects will helps convene workshops for capacity development and disseminate learning materials.
Impact Multi-disciplinary collaboration
Start Year 2019
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research - Ghana
Country Ghana 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
Collaborator Contribution This is the core partnership
Impact This is the core partnership
Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
Collaborator Contribution This is the core partnership
Impact This is the core partnership
Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Country Sri Lanka 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
Collaborator Contribution This is the core partnership
Impact This is the core partnership
Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation Jordan University of Science and Technology
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council
Department Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation University of Ghana
Country Ghana 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation University of Newcastle
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Start Year 2017
 
Description The Core Partnership 
Organisation Yangon Technological University
PI Contribution This is the core partnership
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Impact This is the core partnership
Start Year 2017
 
Title PyNSim, PyEnergy, PyWR 
Description The core of the modelling software/tool currently consists of three Python based simulation engines Python Energy and Networks Engine (pyEnergy) has been developed solely through the programme. pyEnergy is a python based mathematical programming simulation model that optimises electricity use in light of (i) economic and environmental criteria, (ii) integration of hydropower as well as intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar, (iii) technical constraints imposed by the energy and water networks (e.g., losses, thermal limits and hydraulic routing) and (iv) customisable spatial and temporal resolution (e.g., for local and multi-country studies). pyEnergy is being developed as an open source model (does not require software licenses) and is currently available, upon request, to FutureDAMS partners and stakeholders. The model is fully compatible with existing open source engines, e.g., pynsim and pywr, facilitating applications to electricity systems, as well as integrated water-energy-food-environment systems. These different applications are the basis for our current publication strategy, and will be explored by stakeholders (e.g., study of water management in Ghana). pyWR is a water simulation model similar to that above. It was developed prior to the programme but has been continually developed with FutureDAMS support. PyNSim is a software model that integrates or connects the pyWR and pyEnergy modelling simulator software tools in order that they can interact properly. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Firstly this is a proof of concept - this kind of integration of complex model simulator software is feasible, it works and FutureDAMS has the technical capacity to do it successfully. An integrated water-energy-food-environment modelling simulator is at the heart of the online software tool FutureDAMS is proposing to create. The Graphical User Interface that makes this tool easily accessible through an online web app is under development. 
 
Title The Graphical User Interface (GUI) 
Description The Graphical User Interface is a web based tool/application which will provide an accessible means to accessing the modelling simulating software PyNSim, pyWR and pyEnergy. This is a new product being designed udner the futureDAMS Programme and has been shown to work with pyWR. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The GUI will allow those without the technical capacity for using complex modelling software an easy way in which to use the modelling software to build models. This will democratise the process and allow for more inclusive participation. 
 
Description "The New National Development Planning". Presentation at the World Bank, Washington DC, 18 January. (https://youtu.be/qXMHsgs-LYc ). 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation of an upcoming paper to be published as a journal article
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXMHsgs-LYc&feature=youtu.be
 
Description 19 September 2018 'Improving decision-making for hydropower', International Hydropower Association (IHA) Conference, Paris, France, at Unesco offices 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact IHA convenes hydropower professionals and policy-makers globally. this was a specialty conference about decision-making. Julien Harou gave two talks which was well received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.futuredams.org/watch-prof-julien-harou-on-how-to-improve-dam-decision-making/
 
Description BBC World Service: Focus Africa/BBC Swahili. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interviewed for BBC Swahili and World Service programmes for a segment on the controversial proposed Stiegler's Gorge Dam, set for the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Cedric Laize, CEH @ the 12th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, in Japan August 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Cedric Laize gave an oral presentation to the 12th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, in Japan August 2018 titled INVESTIGATING RIVER WETTED HABITAT SENSITIVITY TO FLOW CHANGE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://ise2018.com/pdf/20180820_ISE2018_SessionSchedule_oral.pdf
 
Description David Hulme - Global Dispatches PodCast September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Professor David Hulme, CEO of the FutureDAMS project was interviewed for the latest Global Dispatches podcast. He discusses why an unprecedented number of dams are currently being planned and their prospects from promoting sustainable development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.globaldispatchespodcast.com/dam-building/
 
Description Electric Scrambles in Rwanda and Tanzania: 'Meta-unrealism' in the Megawatt Mission? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at conference African Studies UK. To an international audience of scholars, practitioners and civil servants
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description February 14-15 Resilient Water Decisions Workshop at The World Bank, Washington DC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An international group of experts was brought together to advise the World Bank on how to identify and support resilient water managment and planning activities and investments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2016/10/21/drmhubtokyo-knowledge-program-resilient-water-su...
 
Description FutureDAMS International Working Group September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact FutureDAMS Working Group: meeting of leading stakeholders. The Working Group currently comprises IHA, DFID, IUCN, World Bank, IFC, The Nature Conservancy and WWF but membership is likely to expand. IUCN has agreed to chair this group. This group provides both strategic advice and a route to direct engagement with high level policy/practice decision makers, with a view to developing a FutureDAMS approach thgat reflects and takes into account stakeholder needs. It is hoped that the interaction will also vastly increase the chances of uptake of the research programmes findings and use of its approach as a global standard. It is too early to identify any objective impact as the meeting only recently occurred.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description FutureDAMS Public Symposium and Programme Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact FutureDAMS held its annual conference in Accra, Ghana a couple of weeks ago. This was an exciting opportunity to meet our colleagues from across the world and particularly in Ghana. With a vibrant and well-established network of researchers, this country will be the first to start implementing FutureDAMS research. The conference also offered the opportunity to conduct the first knowledge production session with the model developed by the project's technical team.

The annual event was hosted by Centre for Science and Industry Research (CSIR), our official partner in Ghana. After two days of internal meetings, we hosted a symposium which included representatives from the research community at CSIR, from Universities in Ghana and from government organisations concerned with energy and water including the Volta Basin Authority. Representatives of government departments from Burkina Faso were also able to attend, and members of the non-governmental organisations like IWMI.

It was brilliant to bring together a wide range of relevant actors in Africa for whom the FutureDAMS approach is ultimately intended. Two points particularly stuck out here:

Many of the participants stressed the importance of FutureDAMS working across the entirety of the Volta River Basin. This crucially means engaging with the upstream countries of Burkina Faso and Togo who have often been less represented. However, these countries play a major role in water management and therefore need to be included in research and future decision making.
Another point recognised the contribution of dams to Ghana's electricity production and irrigation. There were also strong statements made by engineers and social scientists about the costs of dams and the need to learn lessons from projects like Akosombo Dam.
It will be important for FutureDAMS to continue to listen and work with these stakeholders to maintain its relevance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ghanaian Integrated Assessment Modelling Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The first workshop to co-produce the Ghanaian integrated model with key stakeholders from the Volta Basin Region. This was attended by participants from the Volta river Authority, Bui Power Authority, GRIDCo and many other involved in the Ghanaian stakeholder group (see partnerships). The event was monitored and evaluated using mentimeter software to track changes in knowledge, attitude and behaviours. Results are available from the programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ghanain Media Interview June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact David Hulme gave a media interview to Ghana print and TV journalists in Ghana. This raised the profile of the work in the country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.myjoyonline.com/business/2018/june-19th/futuredams-lead-supervisor-wants-govt-to-rethink...
 
Description Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Land and Ecosystems 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy is the largest annual knowledge-sharing event in the Greater Mekong. It presents research-based evidence to non-governmental organisations, policy-makers, the private sector, and development agencies. It does this through carefully designed and facilitated dialogues.
The visit enabled member of the senior management team and the research team to network with key stakeholders. It led to forging new collaboration and partnerships - in particular from the research/higher education and third sectors. CEO David Hulme also attended the banquest as a guest of Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Research Director Julien Harou presented to 60 high level practitioner delegates on "How system-scale energy, water, food and environment planning can help the Greater Mekong". the presentation was greated with enthusiasm and great interest.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://wle-mekong.cgiar.org/event/2018-greater-mekong-forum/
 
Description High-Modernist Bricolage in the Dam-Building Resurgence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at conference African Studies UK. To an international audience of scholars
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description High-Modernist Bricolage in the Dam-Building Resurgence: Changes and Continuity in Justifications and Practises 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to international audience of academics and postgraduate students. Panel specifically tackling the resurgence of dam building Initiated contacts for further research within FutureDAMS. Audience and participants also reported change in knowledge and ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Jamie Skinner BBC World Service May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Jamie Skinner, FutureDAMS capacity director and researcher at IIED, features prominently in a new BBC World documentary looking at the big issues concerning dams around the world.

He outlines the importance of making informed choices throughout the life of a dam, from its initial construction, to day to day management and its eventual decommissioning.

Supporting effective long term decision making and incorporating for a wide range of different factors that may change over time is a key theme of the FutureDAMS programme. Watch this space for more as the research gets underway.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csxfl5
 
Description Jamie Skinner and Barnaby Dye @ DSA Conference June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Jamie Skinner and Barnaby Dye presented papers at the DSA Conference at the University of Manchester in June 2018. Papers were existing papers from prior programmes but much of the discussion concerned futurer research direction of future dams and how it is developing to consider many of the questions raised. The purpose was to raise awareness of FutureDAMS. It was also an opportunity to liaise with Advisory Board member Fillipo Menga and his co-presenter Julian Kirchherr to look for synergies in ongoing work and interests. The fourth presenter, Lucy Goodman, has since become (unofficially, unpaid) involved in the programme's economic analysis work enriching that study with her knowledge, expertise and econometricx approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nomadit.co.uk/dsa/dsa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6302/List
 
Description Jamie Skinner, Julien Harou, Joseph Mutale @ Regional Nile Day February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Jamie Skinner (Capacity Development Director), Julien Harou (Research Director) and Joseph Mutale (Senior Energy Specialist) attended the Regional Nile Day in Addis Ababa hosted by the Nile Basin Initiative. The purpose of attending the event was to build networks and working relationships with stakeholder and develop a potential partnership with the Nile Basin Initiative and the Eastern Africa Power Pool.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.gcao.gov.et/web/en/-/the-12th-regional-nile-day-to-be-celebrated-in-ethiopia
 
Description Julien Harou @ Water Resilience event World Bank 14/15 February 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Julien Harou attended and talked a Water Resilience event at the World Bank February 2018. It was an opportunity to mix with global solution group at the WB and encourage participation in the programme and the FutureDAMS Working Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Julien Harou @ World Water Week Stockholm August 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Julien Harou attended the World Water Week in Stockholm August 2018 and networked with key stakeholder. The event also allowed links between IWMI and FutureDAMS t develop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Julien Harou Presentation at IHA World Hydropower Congress 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UNESCO in Paris the International Hydropower Association held a meeting entitled 'Improving decision-making for hydropower'.

FutureDAMS Research Director Julien Harou was an invited speaker and gave the following 10 minute presentation on the systems-scale hydropower planning approach proposed by FutureDAMS.


The IHA event was followed by the first FutureDAMS international working group meeting, also held at UNESCO, where research project staff interacted with policy-makers from more than 10 international organisations that consider hydropower, river basin planning and/or energy system planning policy-making to be within their remit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.futuredams.org/watch-prof-julien-harou-on-how-to-improve-dam-decision-making/
 
Description Liquidscapes conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Francois Edwards attended the Liquidscapes conference, an art and humanities conference on the theme of water. He gave a presentation on the theme of the ecological health of rivers, focusing on dams in human landscapes. The audience consisted of a wide array of people that had little or no prior knowledge of river ecology and the environmental impacts of dams. The presentation was followed up by an interactive session with the audience where the trade offs between society and environment that occur in the context of dam commissioning and operation were discussed. The talk received positive feedback and also led to several in depth discussions with postgraduate students working on art/environment and social science/environment research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://liquidscapes.info/
 
Description Meeting with Myanmar MOEE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Closed meeting with the Deputy Director General (DDG) of the Ministry for Energy and Electricity in Myanmar. Research director Julien Harou had a personal meeting with senior officials from the ministry to discuss implementation of the programme in Myanmar and benefits to water-energy planning for the country. The programme found eager support from the ministry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting/talk at the World Bank 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This 1-hour meeting had World Bank people, a US State department representative, and 2 members of FutureDAMS: Robel Geressu and Julien Harou.

William Rex, the former WB water lead ('water anchor'), who is now the lead of 'Cooperation in International Waters in Africa' (CIWA), http://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/cooperation-in-international-waters-in-africa
normally located in Nairobi Kenya, chaired this meeting.

William Rex proposed that CIWA could help 'catalyse, stimulate and build demand for next generation approaches, tools, services' to
• Africa Council of Ministries of water in Africa (AMCO)
• African network of basin organisations (AMBO)
The goal would be to: 'modernise the approach, change the culture'.

The conclusion was that there will (could) be a meeting and/or agenda item on the FutureDAMS (FD) approach and tools ('system scale approach of water-energy infrastructure interventions') at the World Bank Water Week in April 2019. The idea would be that we run some of our FD 'capacity building events' as part of WB IWRM (integrated water resources management) courses. It's not clear to me whether any engagement with AMCO, AMBO would happen already in April 2019, or whether this would be a meeting at World Bank Water Week to plan and discuss how to influence/train people at AMCO/AMBO. My guess is the later.

This was an valuable meeting that confirmed that WB, and government actors (like US government), support the FD approach and tools. This April meeting could allow us to 'test drive' any draft outputs (presentation, flyer, policy brief, etc.) that we would present the following month at IHA in Paris.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Modelling session in Kenya 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On 1st March 2019 Anthony Hurford conducted a FutureDAMS modelling and software co-development session at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology (JKUAT) at the invitation of Prof. Bancy Mati and Dr. James Messo. Participants in the session were JKUAT faculty, MSc students and 4th year undergraduate students. Around 35 people in total participated in the event. Participants were given a 20-minute introduction to water resource system modelling presentation then 2 hours of hands-on experience of model building and running and understanding the functionality of the suite of software for integrated assessment modelling. These users created accounts which will allow them to further explore the functionality of the software in their own time, with support from live YouTube instructional videos. They will be able to build and run models for whatever purposes they desire and interact with FutureDAMS to track progress of the software development, report bugs and request features which they find useful. They will be invited to periodic webinars to demonstrate new developments in software functionality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Ny Alesund symposium 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Ny-Ålesund Symposium is a high-level event that brings together 45 global leaders from politics, science and business. This year's symposium theme is "Navigating Climate Risk", and is hosted by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ny-aalesundsymposium.no/2018/About_the_symposium_2018.shtml
 
Description Presentation at the Social Simulation Conference 2018 at Stockholm, Sweden - Kavin, University of Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation at the Social Simulation Conference August 2018 at Stockholm, Sweden. A conference presentation intended to communicate University of Surrey's FutureDAMS Social Simulation work, as well as the broader objectives of the FutureDAMS project, to an inter-disciplinary academic and scientific audience interested in agent-based modelling and computational social science. 150~200 people might have attended the conference but the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA), the hub of social simulation which organises the conference, reaches a much wider global audience. ESSA promotes its initiatives through its collaborators like CSSSA, the Computational Social Science Society of the Americas, and PAAA, the Pacific Asian Association for Agent-based Approach in Economic & Social Complex Systems. The conference was well-attended by participants from the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, USA and South America.
We presented our work titled 'An Integrated Model to Assess the Impacts of Dams in Transboundary River Basins' to an inter-disciplinary audience in the 'Modelling social science aspects of socio-ecological systems' track at the conference. The talk sparked significant interest among attendees. Some useful professional links and references resulted from the discussion following the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://ssc2018.dsv.su.se/
 
Description Presentation to Work in Progress Seminar series: Dam Building by the Illiberal Modernisers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to a student-led group of my DPhil work's conclusions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public Lecture in Newcastle on 4th Dec 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public Lecture in Newcastle on 4th Dec 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public lecture - Manchester Launch Event - Bill Adams 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Public lecture at University of Manchester to formally launch FutureDAMS and raise awareness of issues in dam selection, design, building and operation. Included a lecture on World Commission on Dams and a panel discussion. approximately 200 students, faculty and others attended the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.futuredams.org/designing-dams/
 
Description Reform and Benefit-Sharing in the African Dam Resurgence: Cases in Rwanda and Tanzania 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to international audience of academics, students and development practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Revisiting Dams in Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This engaged an international group of academics, including a large contingent of academics in African universities. The theme was the past, present and future of dams, with a particular interest in the latest trends in dam building in Africa. The focus was on social science, the building of dams, impacts, politics. However, we also engaged professional advocate groups. I presented on my the changing justifications and practices in dams, the influencing high modernist and reformist ideas. This workshop effectively created a community of dam builders, expanding my network and preparing groundwork for future research on dams in Ethiopia. Also received very detailed feedback on my own work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Seminar Talk: The Politics of the Dam Resurgence 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented the inaugural lecture to the Maregret Anstee Centre on the shifting ideology of development and its association with the rise of big dam infrastructure, with reflections on how this is both replicating and distinct, from the past.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Seniior Management Team @ WISE-UP Conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Members of the Senior Management Team attended the WISE-UP to Climate Forum in Ghana (November 2017). The purpose of the visit was to build links with existing partners, network with regional stakeholders and build alliances with other like minded organisations.
Important links were forged with the CSIR, IUCN, University of Ghana and regional stakeholders including policy makers and practitioners in the Volta Basin area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Senior Management Team @ Protocol governance committee of IHA September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact SMT Members attended the Protocol governance committee of IHA in Paris in September 2018. FutureDAMS became a formal programme item on the executive workshop 'Improving decision-making for hydropower'. Julien Harou was part of two panel discussions on "Upcoming sector initiatives" and "Decision-making under uncertainty". This significantly raised both the profile and repuatation of the FutureDAMS programme, at a relatively early stage of the programme life cycle, amongst key stakeholders and policy/practice decision makers and influencers. It demonstrates that FutureDAMS is becoming well positioned in high level policy circles. The event has only just occurred as of writing so it is difficult to identify any solid objective impact or outcome beyond this, though it is possible this will influence decisions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.hydropower.org/events/executive-workshop-improving-decision-making-for-hydropower
 
Description Senior Management Team Public meeting' on hydropower & energy planning Myanmar, Nay pi taw February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In February 2018 Julien Harou attended a Public meeting' on hydropower & energy planning Myanmar, Nay pi taw organised by the Directorate of water Resources and Improvement of River Systems. During the event and consequent stay Julien and member of the SMT were able to hold meetings with government officials facilitated by the WWF and Norad in order to try to define our work programme in response to Myanmar needs and research opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Senior Management Team and Mathaios Panteli @ CSIR FutureDAMS Ghana Launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Between 10 and 13 June, Senior Management Team members David Hulme (CEO), Julien Harou (Research Director) and Jamie Skinner (Capacity Director) attended the formal launch of the FutureDAMS programme in Ghana, organised by our partners Emmanuel Obuobie, (Research Scientist at the Water Research Institute, Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research) and Dzodzi Tsikata (Director at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana).

The first in a two day schedule of events was a symposium kindly hosted at ISSER Conference Hall, University of Ghana, by Prof Boateng Onwona-Agyeman (Dean of Engineering). The Symposium was enthusiastically introduced by Prof Boateng Onwona-Agyeman and Dr. Kwabena Kankam-Yeboah (Acting Director CSIR). The twenty six participants came from amongst the University's Schools of Engineering, Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies, Institute of African Studies, Agricultural Engineering and Geography Department were joined by staff from the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, International Water Management Institute and others.

Presentations were given by the FutureDAMS team, which generated a lively discussion about the activities and prospects for the programme in Ghana. Amongst the many topics discussed were around what metrics social scientists could generate to assist decision-making when designing and assessing water-energy-food-environment (WEFE) mega-systems. Equally important, what kind of frameworks might be developed to enable a wider participation in decision making processes and how could guidelines be established to facilitate progressive and productive discussions and negotiations?

On the second day the programme was officially launched at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research. Dr. Kwabena Kankam-Yeboah (Acting Director CSIR) opened the event with a speech which was followed by presentations by the FutureDAMS Senior Management Team and Mathaios Panteli, a lead lecturer in Power Systems within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester.

Forty six participants engaged with the programme at the event including senior staff from the Energy Commission, Forestry Commission, Fisheries Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Ministry of Energy, Volta River Authority, GRIDCO, Bui Power Authority and many others. Those attending were introduced to the FutureDAMS project, its concepts and methodological framework, expected outputs, outcomes and impacts.

The event helped to build interactions and establish relationships between participants and the project team. Through discussion it was possible to jointly identify how the project outputs can support relevant decision makers, planners and managers to address future dam decisions for improved economic, social and environmental impacts, and create public awareness of the implementation of the FutureDAMS project.

Topics discussed included big vs small dams, the capture of informal agricultural schemes and data, and the importance of looking at how existing dams are operated, as well as what kind of new dams are built and where. Other discussions involved the involvement of stakeholders and methods to engage them in the programme and decision making processes, the future of renewables and optimising hydro-electric power as part of a wider green energy mix.

The event ended with discussion and reiteration that dams should ultimately built for the purpose of providing social benefits and making people's lives better and this should drive decision makers to think about the wider range of legacy impacts, both beneficial and detrimental, at the planning and development stages of WEFE systems design.

The visit also involved many bilateral meetings with potential partners and stakeholders and the FutureDAMS team left having created a strong network of interested individuals and institutions keen to engage with the programme as it develops. The visit was also successful in finalising the agreements with partners Water Research Institute, CSIR and IAS, University of Ghana for the next three and a half years of activities. The prospects for inter- and cross disciplinary and disciplinary work between the two core partners was particularly encouraging and exciting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.futuredams.org/futuredams-launches-in-ghana/
 
Description September 21, 2018, 'Enabling a step-change in UK water planning with open-source tools' Workshop, London, UCL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Open event attended by nearly 50 participants detailing our research's group suite of open-source water resources simulation and data management software
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk for the British Tanzania Society: The Stiegler's Gorge Dam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented at a talk for the British Tanzania Society covering my research on the Stiegler's Gorge Dam in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It covered the project's history, recent development steps, impacts and contraveries. A 40 min discussion was held afterwards with a wide-ranging audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ace.soas.ac.uk/stieglers-gorge-event/
 
Description University of Surrey Kavin @ International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS) conference at Rome, Italy in July 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Oral presentation focusing on people-environment studies and agent-based social simulation at the International Association of People-Environment Studies (IAPS) conference at Rome, Italy in July 2018 given by University of Surrey team members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://iaps-association.org/blog/call-for-post-conference-publications-iaps-25th-rome-call-for-spec...
 
Description University of Surrey Kavin @ Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation final workshop June 2018 RS London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Attendance, participation by University of Surrey team in round tables and networking at the Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation (TEDDI) final workshop attended by industry, government and researchers. Workshop held at the Royal Society London in June 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description World Bank - Resilient Water Decisions talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The World Bank
Office of the Chief Economist (GGSCE), Sustainable Development Vice Presidency
Global Water Practice (GWAGP)
Korea Green Growth Trust Fund (KGGTF)
WORKSHOP

February 14th and 15th, 2018 in Washington, D.C., USA
1. WORKSHOP OBJECTIVE
The purpose of the workshop is to share the experiences of the World Bank and similar water management and development organizations in dealing with climate and other uncertainties towards resilient water-related investments. The challenges and gaps in terms of practices, governance, finance, and other key factors being faced in the practice of decision making for planning, design and operation of water-related projects will be discussed.
The workshop will also provide an opportunity to learn from practitioners and members of the academic and consulting worlds about the latest advances in this field, including how to integrate existing and new tools within this framework and how best to advance and mainstream these approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018