UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


ISR researchers contribute to FutureDAMS consortium

26 October 2018

Senior Lecturer Alvaro Calzadilla and Research Associate Victor Nechifor contributed to the FutureDAMS consortium in Accra, Ghana last week. The project aims to improve the design, selection and operation of dams to support sustainable development.

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Last week Alvaro Calzadilla and Victor Nechifor participated in a one-week project visit to Accra, Ghana hosted by the Water Research Institute (CSIR). The aim of this visit was to present current project advances during the “Better Future Dam Decisions in Ghana” Symposium and to engage with stakeholders from Ghana to understand the needs for economic analysis related to dam infrastructure development.

The Symposium was composed of four sessions covering the challenges of water-energy-agricultural development in Ghana but also the physical and social sciences relevant for exploring and overcoming these challenges. The UCL ISR researchers presented their initial work regarding a detailed CGE model for Ghana which will capture the impacts of dam development across several economic sectors (such as agriculture, energy or construction) and household types (regional, rural/urban, income groups).


The visit was also helpful in taking forward the effort of adding the economic analysis in the Integrated Assessment Tool (IAT) developed by colleagues at the UoM. At this stage, the IAT comprises an integration of water and energy models with specific plans to add a CGE model to the framework. The water-energy-economy linking will represent a significant advance of the state-of-the-art in the analysis of the resources nexus.



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