Former WCD head Achim Steiner will lead UNDP - April 2017

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, following consultations with the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), wrote to the President of the General Assembly requesting the General Assembly to confirm Achim Steiner of Germany as the new Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years. The General Assembly confirmed the nomination on 19 April.




The 55-year-old Brazil-born German citizen has been in the trenches of environmental activism since before his service at the UN, including work with the Washington-based International Union for Conservation of Nature.


He’s even devoted his professional life – for example, while working as secretary general of the World Commission on Dams (WCD) – to pet projects.


A commentator said : “In 2000, the WCD published a report showing how reservoirs posed dangers to the environment despite their importance for development. Notable for its holistic and sustainable approach, it is this viewpoint that Steiner brings to his new office.” (our emphasis).


The UN had been considering other candidates, not just Steiner. France’s environmental minister, Segolène Royal, was a final contender – and noticeably unhappy about the UN’s selection. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had actually promised the job to a woman, Royal said. She speculated that the UN tapped Steiner due to Germany’s role as an important donor for the UNDP, which relies on (voluntary) donations from individual nations.


Mr Steiner was Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme between 2006 and 2016.  He previously served as Director-General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi from 2009 to 2011, Director-General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature from 2001 to 2006, and as Secretary-General of the World Commission on Dams, in South Africa, from 1998 to 2001.



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Registration Open for Prague 2017 / Enregistrement ouvert pour Prague 2017



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The 85th Annual Meeting is approaching very fast.

This one week event will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, 3 - 7 July 2017

La 85ème Réunion Annuelle de la CIGB arrive à grand pas.

Cette évènement d'une semaine se déroulera à Prague, en République Tchèque, du 3 au 7 Juillet 2017.


During this week, you will meet high level experts of the Dams Professions, around meetings, technical workshops, the Symposium, as well as interesting pre & study tours.

Durant cette semaine, vous pourrez rencontrer des experts de hauts niveaux dans le domaine des barrages, autour de réunions diverses, d'ateliers techniques, du symposium, mais également lors des tournées d'études post & pré réunion.



The main theme of the Symposium will be: / Le sujet du Symposium sera :

"Knowledge based Dam Engineering" / "De l’Ingénierie des Barrages Basée sur la Connaissance"


The topics will be: / Les sujets seront (en anglais seulement) :

1. Investigation and application of advanced materials, technologies and solutions in dam engineering
2. Enhancements in dam surveillance systems for dam safety and site security
3. Uncertainties and risk-informed decision making in dam design, construction and operation
4. Balancing technical, socio-economic and environmental aspects of dam engineering
5. Advancements in analysis and design within flood protection reservoirs, levees and tailing dams
6. Recent improvements and modern applications in reservoir and catchment management
7. Design and operational considerations of global climate change, regional droughts and other extreme events
8. Assessment of aging dams considering remaining service life and decommissioning
9. Hydro-electro-mechanical equipment of dams



Download here the FInal Bulletin / Télécharger le Bulletin Final

(information about the Venue, the Programme, the City, ....)

(Information sur la Destination, le Programme, la ville,...)



Registration here / Enregistrement ici

(you will need to create an account)

(La création d'un compte est nécessaire)


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Oroville Dam, ICOLD President intervenes on the radio

Oroville Dam, ICOLD President intervenes on the radio


By Michael Rogers and Emmanuel Grenier


Aerial View of the Oroville Dam (photo by California Department of Water Resources)


There is now a rush to repair the spillways at the Oroville Dam in Northern California and lower the water level in Lake Oroville before rain arrives again. It is feared that damage to an emergency spillway could dump large amounts of water into the Feather River, which runs through downtown Oroville. This fear led to the evacuation of nearly 200 000 people living under the lake. The main dam (235m high) was never in danger and remains safe. The Oroville Dam issue started with an unexplained structural failure of a lower part of the 3000-foot-long gated service spillway.


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"Dams and Climate Change" Workshop - Rabat - July 2016

“Dams and Climate Change” Workshop



ICOLD Technical Committee on Climate Change, Moroccan Committee on Large Dams and The Moroccan Government have jointly organized a Dams and climate change Workshop on July 11 2016 in Rabat.


This workshop was included in an international conference devoted to Water and Climate as one of the many preparatory meetings organized by Morocco before COP22.


Opening addresses were delivered by Mrs Charafat Afailal (Morocco), Delegated Minister for Water, Government of Morocco, ICOLD Secretary General Michel De Vivo and Mr. Jamal Mahfoud, President of the Moroccan Committee on Large Dams.



You can download below the presentations made during the workshop:



  • Dr. Denis Aelbrecht (France), Electricité de France - Centre d'Ingénierie Hydraulique (EDF-CIH), and Chairman of ICOLD Technical Committee on “Climate Change, Dams and Reservoirs”

Technical Vision of ICOLD on Dams, Reservoirs and Climate Change


  • Dr. Mxolisi Shongwe (Switzerland), IPCC Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Latest updates about the science of Climate Change


  • Dr. George Annandale (USA), international consultant, Member of ICOLD Technical Committee on “Climate Change, Dams and Reservoirs”

The need of new storage capacity


  • Dr. Amal Talbi-Jordan (USA), World Bank

World Bank action for securing Water Resources


  • Mr. Adama Nombre (Burkina-Faso), Committee of Large Dams of Burkina-Faso, Honorary President of ICOLD

The need to boost the construction of Dams and Reservoirs in Africa


  • Mr. Khalid El Ghomari (Morocco), Secretary General of Moroccan Committee on Large Dams

The policy of use of surface water resources in Morocco. Environmental integration of dams projects



The workshop conclusions were presented during the COP22 by Michel De Vivo.



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25th Congress of ICOLD in Stavanger (Norway) June 2015

The presentations from the Stavanger Congress are now available here.


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3 new bulletins : 156-152 -149 are available

ICOLD released 3 new bulletins

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ICOLD President answers Oxford misleading study

Yes, we need to build more large dams for water storage and energy for sustainable development!

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Authors of Oxford study ignore real data about Itaipu and Renaissance dams

A few weeks ago the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Ending the Flood of Megadams: The $20 billion cost of the Itaipu Dam impaired Brazil’s finances for three decades,” hereinafter “Ending the Flood.”  The article was written by professor Flyvbjerg and doctor Ansar, both of whom are attached to the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

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China: accelerating the building of hydroelectric dams

A new decision by Chinese authorities will change the conditions for hydropower development, until now in unfair competition with electricity from fossil fuels.

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World Press Review

You will find here a selection of articles from all over the world, put together in a single PDF file

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Dams protected Columbia River from negative impacts of climate change

This is a study that anti-dam organizations won’t tell you about. Because it weakens most of their critics portraying dams as powerful agents of river destruction.

That study suggests on the contrary that large dams provide “ecological and engineering resilience” to climate change in the Columbia River basin.


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