NELSAP is conducting a five days Dam Safety training aimed at capacity building of the Nile Equatorial Lakes region member states for effective and efficient operations, regulation and management of Dams as well as smooth planning and management of water resources.
The training workshop that is fully financed by the Agence Française de Dévelopmment (AFD) as one component of the bigger AFD support to NELSAP in technical assistance for capacity building of River Basin Planning started on Monday the May 29, 2017 and will run through to June 2, 2017 at the City Royal Resort Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
Ms Virginie Leroy, the AFD Country Representative in Uganda was in attendance to kick-start the workshop emphasizing the important support AFD is providing to the NEL member countries on strengthening countries River Basin planning and management of water resources.
"We wish to strengthen technical capacity and ensure safety of dams that are planned and operated in the NEL region and AFD is proud to be part of it," said Ms Leroy.
The training will pave the way for member states to effectively use acceptable engineering policies and procedures in dam site investigation, design, construction, operation and maintenance, and emergency preparedness through creating platform for networking and continued engagement and experience sharing on Dam operations among participants.
Ms Ljiljana Spasic-Gril who is the Associate Director at Arup, Lead Dam Specialist with 36 years' experience in designing and inspection of Dams worldwide and has inspected more than 300 Dams in 50 countries worldwide is facilitating the training sessions. Each of the five NEL member states (Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania) sent three experts, South Sudan sent two experts and Uganda sent 6 experts plus 13 NELSAP experts all to add up to 36 participants in the workshop.