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ASIA 2014 - The Fifth International Conference on Water Resources & Hydropower Development
Aqua-Media International is pleased to announce that the vibrant city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has been selected as the venue for ASIA 2014 the Fifth International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia. The idyllic island of Sri Lanka has a long history of water resources development, since the first dams were constructed as far back as 600 BC. The country now has about 60 large and 200 medium-scale dams in operation, and some 12 000 small ones serving rural areas. Several important projects are under construction or planned for implementation soon.
The ASIA 2014 Conference and Exhibition will bring together experts in all the disciplines associated with planning, financing, implementing, operating and refurbishing dams, hydro plants, and other renewable energy systems. Delegations from more than 60 countries are expected to attend, and will exchange knowledge and experience on a broad range of topics of particular relevance to the Asian countries, such as policy and planning, project finance, design and construction of water infrastructure, flood mitigation and management, sedimentation management, hydro plant design, safety, small and large hydro, pumped storage, power trading and climate change adaptation.
Sri Lanka as a Host Country
Sri Lanka has a long history of water resources development, since the first dams were constructed as far back as 600 BC. One of the earliest dams, constructed in 500 BC, abandoned in the 12th century, and restored in the 1870s, is still in operation, providing irrigation water for 140 ha, as well as domestic water supply. The country now has about 60 large and 200 medium-scale dams in operation, and some 12 000 small ones serving rural areas. The majestic Victoria arch dam is the largest in the country, and is part of the major 660 MW Mahaweli cascade development, the country’s main centre of hydro development. Sri Lanka has rich experience to share, from large multipurpose schemes, and cascade developments, to small and micro hydro plants powering the tea estates. Sessions and study tours are planned to give delegates a taste of Sri Lanka’s on-going programme of water resources and hydro development, including multipurpose dams of all the main types, medium and small scale hydro developments.
Colombo, as a result of its large harbour and strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, was known to ancient traders some 2000 years ago, and was designated the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Today it is a city of contrasts – between high rise hotels and colonial mansions; supermarkets and street bazaars; modern transport and traditional rickshaws. It is renowned for its rich culture (museums, temples and elegant colonial buildings), fine dining of the highest international standard, and recreational activities such as golf, swimming, rowing, and of course shopping.
Bandaranaike International Airport is 35 km north of Colombo. There are direct flight connections from many major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow, Delhi, Karachi, London, Paris, Zurich, Frankfurt and Rome.
BMICH: The Bandaranaike International Conference Hall, where the ASIA 2014 sessions and Technical Exhibition will take place, is a modern world-class convention centre, about 15 minutes drive from the main 5* and 4* hotels in the city. It is set in 36 acres of land, and follows an eco-friendly concept: a number of large trees have been carefully conserved, and there is an area dedicated to growing rare and in some cases unique Sri Lankan flora and fauna. There is a herb and fruit garden, adjacent to the elegant exhibition halls.
ASIA 2014 Programme
ASIA 2014 will include presentations and discussions on the opportunities, development targets, accomplishments and challenges of countries in the Asian region. The main conference themes are listed on the next page.
Many sessions will begin with keynote addresses: eminent world experts from the public and private sectors will share their views on key topics of relevance to the region. Workshops and Roundtable events will provide an opportunity for some specialized topics to be explored in greater depth than would be possible in traditional conference sessions.
Potential and Planning
- Country overviews of potential and plans
- Development opportunities and incentives for investment
- Planninq tools
- Regional collaboration and power trading
- Grid management
Project Finance and Contractual Aspects
- Perspectives from international and regional financing agencies
- Assessing and mitigating risks •Newfinancing strategies
- Legal and contractual issues
- Incentives for the private sector
- Risk mitigation and management
- E&S management to secure project finance
Environment & Social Issues
- Communications and stakeholder involvement
- Benefit sharing
- Employment opportunities and training
- Environmental management and mitigation measures
- Social cost of not implementing projects
- Resettlement planning and implementation
Hydrology and Climate Issues
- Flood forecasting and management
- Hydrological modelling
- Climate change adaptation
- Flood discharge works
- The role of water infrastructure and storage
- Designing appropriate water infrastructure
- Dam design: Innovations and experience
- Dam safety
- Flood discharge works
- Sedimentation management
Hydro Plants and Equipment
- Research and development
- Hydraulic turbine design
- Operation, maintenance and refurbishment
- Small and micro hydro
- Pumped storage
- Electrical engineering
Multipurpose Storage Schemes
- Planning for multipurpose structures
- Combining hydro with irrigation/water supply
- Quantifying multipurpose benefits
- Water storage and food security