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Building the sustainable dam: the challenges of meeting energy and livelihoods objectives at the same time.

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The Nam Theun Hinboun is one of the largest dams in Laos, the so-called ‘battery of Southeast Asia’. This run-of-the-river dam was commissioned in 1998, has 210 MW installed capacity, generating some 1,500 GWh per year, 90% of which is destined for the Thai energy markets. The plant exploits the altitudinal variation between the Nam Theun (from which it derives its water supply) and the Nam Hinboun (in to which water is emptied having passed through the plant’s turbines). The dam is currently expanding its operations – the so-called Theun-Hinboun Expansion Project (THXP), which will increase installed capacity by 60 MW.

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European Dialogue Platform for Climate Adaptation, Water and Energy

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The European Water Partnership (EWP) has taken the initiative to create a European Dialogue Platform on Climate Change Adaptation: Water and Energy, focusing on identifying climate adaptation measures in fields linked to both water and energy, as well as on issues encountered when implementing climate adaptation measures linked to water and energy use, consumption, management or production. 

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Santo Antônio Hydropower Plant: A New Paradigm in Sustainability in the Amazon

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The Santo Antônio Hydroelectric Plant is the first large plant to be built in Brazil in almost three decades – it will be one of the largest in the country in energy generation. In spite of – and precisely because of – its location in midst of the Brazilian Amazon Rainforest, it is an example that energy can de generated sustainably. In addition to the innovative aspects of the activities implemented and results obtained, the importance of this power plant lies in the fact that all activities are economically viable and replicable, creating new perspectives in renewable energy generation with sustainable water management in the Amazon.

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GDF SUEZ Observatory on Water and Energy Insecurity

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In December 2009, GDF SUEZ created an international observatory allowing it to study, measure and understand the mechanisms leading to water and energy insecurity in all the countries where GDF SUEZ operates. In time, the observatory will provide the Group’s various subsidiaries with studies, recommendations, and similar so that they can take action to prevent their most vulnerable customers from encountering difficulties.

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Experimental Study of the use of solar and wind Powered reverse osmosis unit in a remote area, Sultanate Of Oman

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The Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources conducted an experimental study on the use of solar and wind power to desalinate brackish groundwater at Ministry of Regional Municipalities and water resources ( Heelat ar Rakah Branch). This area is characterized by a huge groundwater aquifer but the water has increased in total dissolved solids in addition to increased in fluoride element and hydrogen sulphide. Therefore, the Ministry’s experimental study is considered a unique and optimum solution in developing new water resources suitable for usage and at the same time it is practical in the use of renewable energy.

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Application of Sustainable Designs for Green School

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Government of Cebu province has used a set of standard designs for construction of public schools. Unfortunately, the current architectural designs don’t reflect eco-efficient perspectives and technologies in the construction of public schools such as rainwater harvesting and reuse, energy saving measures by cooling roof, wind ventilation for energy saving, wastewater treatment and reuse, and waste  management.

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A market-backed model for an Agriculture Demand

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Agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the Indian economy, contributing about 17.2% of the country’s GDP (2009-10) and employing more than 50% of the total work-force. There are more than 15 million energised irrigation pump sets in the country extracting 90% of India’s groundwater and consuming 23% of electricity. The use of these two resources is either free (groundwater) or negligibly priced (electricity) resulting in inefficient utilisation of these two most vital resources. This is one the potential reason for the poor financial status of power sector and fast depletion of ground water table.

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A Solution to Nexus for Green Growth in Thailand

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Solutions across water, food, energy and the climate change need to be harmonized to ensure sharing their roles. One appropriate technical water solution in Thailand regarding water, food, and energy nexus for green growth can be illustrated here. In 2006, the wastewater treatment and reuse using constructed wetlands were introduced in Koh Phi Phi Don, one of tsunami affected areas.

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The Acreditar Training Program: Capacity-building, Employment and Sustainability in the Amazon

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The Acreditar Training Program is an innovative and unprecedented capacity-building program developed and implemented by Odebrecht. The inspiration for the creation of Acreditar was the lack of skilled labor in Porto Velho, the capital of the state of Rondônia, 8 km from the location of the Santo Antônio Hydropower Plant (3,150 MW). A survey of professional skills in the town showed that only 30% the local population would meet the demand for skilled labor required for construction of the plant. This revealed a challenge: the majority of the manpower to work at the construction site would have to come from out of town or state, which could trigger a cycle of explosive population growth, exacerbating the social problems of the city. Acreditar was developed not only to meet the demand for skilled labor, but to reduce the problems caused by migration of workers from other parts of the country and contribute to the development of the region.

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Am5.2 By 2015 Carry-out an inventory of water and energy technologies, management systems, and practices

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Am5.2 By 2015, carry-out an inventory of significant water and energy technologies, management systems, and practices and develop a roadmap for addressing infrastructure gaps and  sustainability concerns.

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