The main objective of the project is to develop an implementable strategy (strategy and plan) to prevent and manage the siltation of dams as well as stimulate local economies and cost-recovery through the selection of a basin operations and engineering intervention and/or a dredging intervention for any site. The strategy will be supported by:
- Risk management & Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks;
- Governance and Financial considerations;
- A digital platform or tool; and
- Future research requirements
Key outcomes of this project will be on overall dam siltation strategy supported by an implementation plan developed through pilot case study sites. A key feature of the strategy will be the ability to adapt and improve it as the learning experiences are developed.
Recommendations related to design, technical and engineering enhancement, environmental management and local economic development will be drafted during Phase 1, tested in Phase 2 and finalised in Phase 3. Recommendations will be layered in terms of strategic priorities that can guide policy, industry and regulatory matters. Tactical recommendations will draw on technical and cost/benefit exercises and environmental practices to support catchment level decision-making. Operational recommendations should support capabilities, capacity and asset management decisions.