From : The Livingstone Weekly
By : Jill Staden

26 February 2012

Climate Change and Hydropower


There are various articles and/or up and coming workshops about the effects of climate change on our environment and how we can cope with these changes. The other week there was a meeting attended by many countries in the southern African region to discuss the needs of electricity producers in the whole of the region. The meeting looked at how all the countries could share their resources. Looking through the literature available there was no mention of Batoka Dam or other new dams in Zambia. It seemed that they were all looking at the Congo and the proposed Grand Inga Dam.

From International Rivers:
Grand Inga could produce up to 39,000 MW of electricity, over twice the power generation of Three Gorges Dam in China, and more than a third of the total electricity currently produced in Africa. While feasibility studies for Grand Inga are not yet finished, the project is already being touted as a way to “light Africa” by both companies that stand to benefit from it and governments that hope to receive power from it. ….

From Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)

The impact of climate change and upstream irrigation development on hydropower in the Zambezi River Basin is the subject of a new project launched by CDKN in February. A consortium of institutions – including University of Cape Town, Pöyry Management Consulting, OneWorld Sustainable Investments, Centre for Energy Environment Engineering Zambia, University of Zambia and University of Eduardo Mondlane – will tackle both the analysis of how climate, development, water and power intersect in the region, and engage with key stakeholders in the region around these critical issues.

This article does not state how long this research will take. Let’s hope it is not too long and that results are ready for government before any decision is made on any future dams, especially Batoka.

Climate Resilience Meeting – March 12-13 at Zambezi Sun

From the Climate Investment Fund website:
The Climate Investment Funds are a pair of funds to help developing countries pilot low-emissions and climate-resilient development. With CIF support, 46 developing countries are piloting transformations in clean technology, sustainable management of forests, increased energy access through renewable energy, and climate-resilient development.

The fifth meeting of pilot countries and regions participating in the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience
(PPCR) has been rescheduled and will now take place on March 12-13, 2012 in Livingstone, Zambia. The objectives of the meeting will be to provide a space for countries to discuss and prepare for the challenges and opportunities of maintaining a programmatic approach in the implementation of their PPCR Strategic Programs; and to exchange views on the design and implementation of systems to monitor results and manage knowledge. In addition, a segment on climate information systems and hydro-meteorological services has been organized in recognition of the large proportion of PPCR pilot countries that plan to make investments in this area. The segments of the meeting have been primarily organized as workshops rather than plenary discussions. It is expected that this approach will help participants move beyond information exchange towards commonly working on implementation issues.