Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik
Convention of the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and International Union for Conservation of Nature
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Both regional and cross-sectorial cooperation are highly important for addressing the challenges of the water-food and energy security nexus in transboundary basins. This seminar further develops discussions of the 2011 Bonn Nexus Conference, the 2012 Mekong to Rio Conference and the 2012 Nairobi Regional Nexus Dialogue. The seminar will specifically explore forms of cooperation and coordination between transboundary water management and the energy sector. Most transboundary water management institutions are anchored within the water sector.
However many of the grand challenges of transboundary water management relate to the utilization of shared water resources for hydropower, which is under the jurisdiction of the power sector. Transboundary cooperation in the power sector - for example through interconnecting upstream and downstream power systems - is in many situations a prerequisite for sharing benefits of water cooperation.
The seminar will showcase examples of cooperation between the water and energy sectors in transboundary contexts. It will aim to extract lessons from successes and challenges encountered.
Chair/Facilitator: Dr. Axel Klaphake, GIZ
14:00 Opening: Key Challenges and Opportunities for Cooperation between the Water and Energy Sectors in Transboundary Basins. Dr. Waltina Scheumann, DIE, Germany
14:15 Expert comments. Dr. Mark Smith, IUCN, and Dr. Torkil Jonch Clausen, DHI, Denmark
14:40 Joint Strategic Planning of Energy Infrastructure in Transboundary Basins Case: Cooperation between the Nile Basin Initiative and the Eastern African Power Pool in Developing Interconnections and Regional Power Trade. Mr. Emmanuel Olet, Nile Equatorial Lakes Subsidiary Action Programme, Rwanda
14:55 Benefit Sharing in Regional Hydropower Projects Case: Africa’s Great Lakes Region: Ruzizi and Rusumo Regional Hydropower Projects. Dr. Ines Dombrowsky, DIE, Germany
15:10 Setting Basin-wide Frameworks for Reconciling Water Management and Hydropower Uses Case: Guiding Principles on Sustainable Hydropower Development in the Danube Basin. Mr. Raimund Mair, International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River, Austria
15:25 Coffee Break
15:50 Cooperation with the Power Sector in Re-operating Dam Cascades to Accommodate Multiple Uses Case: Zambezi Dam Synchronisation Study. Mr Phera Ramoeli, Southern African Development Community Water Division, Botswana
16:05 Establishing Common Ground Case: Central Asia - The Long Road towards Re-establishment of the Lost Water-Energy Nexus. Ms. Maria König, GIZ
16:20 Questions & Answers
Translating Global Initiatives to the Transboundary Level
16:30 IUCN/IWA Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure Solutions. Dr. Mark Smith IUCN
16:40 Cooperation for Implementing Standards for Transborder Impact and Sustainability Assessments (Rapid Sustainability Assessment Protocol - RSAT) in the Mekong River Basin. Mr. Voradeth Phonekeo, Mekong River Commission, Laos
16:50 UNECE Nexus Assessment - Supporting Planning Efforts with an Improved Knowledge Base and Identification of Potential Solutions for Alleviating the Water-Energy and Food Nexus. Dr. Annukka Lipponen, UNECE
17:00 Panel Discussion
17:25 Wrap-up and Key Messages. Dr. Nicole Kranz, GIZ
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