The objective of the NSHD-M


The objectives of the NSHD-M are:
enhance knowledge and skills on sustainable hydropower development (SHD) at academic and research institutions
share knowledge and experiences on SHD in the Mekong countries, 
increase awareness on SHD at all levels of decision making 
strengthen the capacity of stakeholders, including planners and decision makers, to cope with the challenges of SHD.  


The members of the NSHD-M have identified six key topics that are relevant towards sustainable hydropower development:
 
 

The network will enhance human capacity for its members through a multidisciplinary approach and various activities complementing each other. In brief, this includes strengthening the professional links and increase knowledge sharing between universities and research institutions in the Mekong countries; the development of case studies of hydropower development projects in the Mekong countries; the development of training manuals on the identified SHD key topics; and SHD-members attending the Training of trainers courses then applying the training manuals in university courses and training to stakeholders.
 

The six Training Manuals are developed by international experts with contributions and Mekong-countries specific adaptations from members of the NSHD-M. The development of a training manual consists of several steps:

     1. Development of a training manual by an international expert, with a strong emphasize on international standards, references and experiences

     2. Conduction of a ‘Training of Trainers’ seminar, at which a specific Training Manual is presented to the seminar participants which are members from the NSHD-M

     3. Inputs and Mekong-countries specific adaptation of the training manual by members of the NSHD-M

     4. Training for NSHD-M members on training methodology and specific application of the training manual

Once these steps are finalised, the members of the NSDH-M shall apply the training manuals in their university courses and provide trainings to stakeholders in the region working at different levels of decision making and managing environmental and social impacts of large scale hydropower projects.

Network members will be supported in their training activities by coaching, advisory services, twinning, peer reviews, etc.
 

Project context

The MRC-GIZ Cooperation Programme (Mekong River Commission; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) has a Human capacity development subcomponent to strengthen regional capacities for understanding and appreciation of socio-economic and ecological complexities as the basis for "sustainable hydropower development (SHD). This work supports efforts of the Mekong River Commission’s (MRC) Initiative on Sustainable Hydropower (ISH) in its aim to strengthen the sustainability of hydropower development in the Lower Mekong Basin. The goals of this HCD work are threefold:

1. Increase awareness at all levels of decision making;

2. Enhance knowledge and skills at academic and research institutions;

3. Provide professional training for planners and managers to cope with the challenges of SHD.

GIZ is in charge of the HCD work on the basis of funds commissioned to the MRC-GIZ Cooperation Programme outside of the MRC framework. Nonetheless, GIZ keeps the MRC informed about on-going activities and hopes to benefit from MRC and in particular ISH staff’s experience in the region and on the topic. In turn, the MRC staff shall benefit from the knowledge created and provided by the network. To achieve the aforementioned goals, GIZ supports academic and research institutions in the Mekong countries to develop a regional knowledge and learning network, which was named ‘Network on Sustainable Hydropower Development in the Mekong Countries’ (in short: NSHD-M).

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