The event followed up on an action plan activity laid out in July 2019 at the Multi-Actor Meeting to Advance Community-Centric Hydropower for Rural Livelihoods and Reforestation, organized by Hivos, HyCEM and HPNET member the Renewable Energy Association of Myanmar (REAM). Workshop attendees had identified a need to facilitate a field-based exposure, capacity-building and solution-finding workshop to bring together non-state actors, namely local DRE entrepreneurs, local civil society and village electrification committees, for collaborative learning and exchange.
The objectives of the event were three-fold:
- Support Htan Hla Pin, Myaseti, and Myiang to increase energy access in their micro hydro systems
- Increase awareness of Mon, Kayin & Shan participants on mini-grid design & implementation
- Explore areas of collaboration between local CSOs, DRE entrepreneurs and DRE village communities
On December 12th, participants gathered for sessions on Energy Demand and Resources and DRE Solutions and Technologies. The workshop opened with a participatory mapping activity followed by presentations and interactive discussions for each sub region.