DATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2021
TIME*: 12:30 - 5:00 PM INDIA STANDARD TIME (IST) / 7:00-11:30 AM (UTC)
*You can use this time conversion table to convert from IST to your time.
HPNET is excited to host a virtual exchange event from 21-22 September, 2021, in partnership with International Rivers, supported by TROSA, funded by the Government of Sweden and WISIONS. Read more about our partnership with International Rivers here.
Day 1 provides an opportunity to hear from locally-rooted practitioners who work directly with micro hydro communities across the Asia Pacific. As shown in the agenda below, the half-day event is divided into two parts, each consisting of two parallel sessions. Each session will include a 20-30 minute Q&A period, during which participants are encouraged to ask questions. Our flexible platform will enable participants to move between parallel sessions, should they choose to do so. If you haven't already registered, be sure to do so at the link above.
The following agenda details the timing, topics, panelists and moderators for Day 1.
Welcome & Overview
The half-day event will commence with opening remarks and an agenda overview.
- Welcome, Nalori Chakma, International Rivers
- Key Note, Augustus Suting, Meghalaya Basin Development Authority (MBDA) and Meghalaya State Council of Science & Technology (MSCST)
- SEEED Accelerator and Event Overview, Dipti Vaghela, Hydro Empowerment Network
Session 1: Panel A, 1 - 2:30 PM IST
Technical Reliability & Capacity Building
Moderator: Joe Butchers
In this panel we will hear from practitioners who have long established local manufacturing and capacity building centers. We will learn about their latest developments and dialogue on technical standards and job creation.
Session 1: Panel B, 1 - 2:30 PM IST
Utilization (PEU, eCook, Interconnection)
Moderator: Vishwa Bhushan Amatya
In this panel, moderated by an expert with over 35 years of experience in community hydropower, practitioners versed in utilization will summarize their insight on productive end uses (PEU), electric cooking, and grid interconnection.
Session 2: Panel A, 3:00 - 4:30 PM IST
Social and Environmental Approaches
Moderator: Nalori Chakma
This panel will feature path breaking practitioners who have innovated community governance, nature-based solutions, integration with indigenous practices, and/or women-centric approaches -- all critical aspects of sustainable community hydropower.
Session 2: Panel B, 3:00 - 4:30 PM IST
Enterprise, Finance, & Integrated Planning
Moderator: Dipti Vaghela
This panel will overview social enterprise models, such as asset-only models, community utilities and cooperatives. The dialogue will provide insight on local and national planning, as well a private sector view on access to finance.
Summary and Ways Forward
To conclude the day, event organizers will summarize the day's events and highlight points of interest. Participants will be advised of relevant, upcoming events and activities to stay tuned for.