Projects

Project Profile: SUSTAINDAM

Sustainable Management and Planning of Hydropower Generation in West Africa under Climate Change and Land Use/Land Cover Dynamics

Who?

Principal Investigators: Arona Diedhiou, National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, France
Partners: Dior Diallo-Diarra, National School of Agriculture, Senegal
Diarra Dieng, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Boniface Komena, National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, France
Navneet Kumar, Center for Development Research, Germany
Harald Kuntsmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Christof Lorenz, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Salomon Obahoundje, Centre of Excellence on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture, Côte d'Ivoire
Phoebe Oduor, The African Group on Earth Observations, Kenya
Eric Antwi Ofosu, University of Energy and Natural Resource, Ghana
Bernhard Tischbein, Center for Development Research, Germany
Sarah Schönbrodt-Stitt, University of Würzburg, Germany
Michael Thiel, University of Würzburg, Germany
Daniel Yamegueu, Centre of Excellence for Training and Research in Water Science and Technology, Energy and the Environment in West and Central Africa, Burkina Faso
Sponsors: French National Research Agency, France
Future Earth, International/Africa
German Research Foundation, Germany
National Research Alliance for the Environment, France

What?

Full Project Title: Sustainable Management and Planning of Hydropower Generation in West Africa under Climate Change and Land Use/Land Cover Dynamics
Full Call Title: Pathways2020
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Why?

Project Objective: The SUSTAINDAM project aims to contribute to sustainably manage and plan the
hydropower generation in West Africa under climate uncertainties and LULC dynamics. This
project aims to build communities of practices with HPG stakeholders (dam managers, local
policy makers, representative of civil society, association of women, etc) to address the
challenges, synergies and trade-off in the climate land energy water nexus in WA for a
sustainable management and planning of HPG. This project will be focused on four (4) dams
(pilot sites) in Ghana (Akosombo), Côte d’Ivoire (Buyo), Burkina Faso (Bagré) and Senegal
(Manantali), located in different climates. At each pilot site, the specific objectives are:

- To assess the past evolution of water-related activities near dams and the sensitivity
of each hydropower plant to climate change and variability.
- To assess LULCC near dams and propose trends scenarios of LULCC and drivers of
water energy food nexus considering potential socio-economic development;
- To improve long term planning under uncertain effects of climate and LULC change
in integrating vulnerability-based analysis and traditional risk-based assessment
approaches using both top-down methods (Random Forest and dynamical
downscaling) and bottom-up (Decision Scaling) methods.
- To evaluate benefits in decision making for hydropower generation from seasonal
forecasts with lead times up to 7 months ahead.
Call Objective: The goal of this CRA is to provide a science base for achieving sustainability goals. The CRA will support 1-2 years of collaborative research networking activities that focus on integrated qualitative and quantitative approaches to develop Earth-system-based transformation pathways for sustainable development.

Where?

Regions: Africa
Countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Senegal

When?

Duration: 18 months
Call Date: 2020
Project Award Date: 2021