Les quatres questions sélectionnées pour le Congrès de Vienne en 2018

Le Congrès aura lieu à Vienne (Autriche), du 1 au 8 Juillet 2018

(Paris, le 14 juin 2017)


Durant la 84ème Réunion Annuelle de la CIGB, l'assemblée Générale a voté le choix des quatres questions sur lesquelles les scientifiques et les ingénieurs du monde entier vont travailler et communiquer.

Cela sera lors du 26ème Congrès de la CIGB. Ces congrès se tiennent tous les 3 ans et attirent les meilleurs spécialistes du monde des barrages. La participation à ces congrès se situe entre 1200 et 2000 personnes.


La date limite pour soumette un rapport ou une communication est le 8 novembre 2017.

Selon la Constituion et le réglement intérieur de la CIGB, seuls les rapports (et communication) provenant des Comités Nationaux peuvent êtres soumis.


Vous trouverez ici (fichier pdf) le détail des 4 questions choisies pour le Congrès de Vienne.


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Better dams for a better world

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With climate change, flood protection provided by dams will be ever more important.


Prague (July 5 2017)


Climate change is impacting the variability of water resources with more severe and frequent droughts and/or more flood. To lessen the consequences of those events, Dams and Reservoirs are the most efficient solution. That is adaptation. For example, Dams are an essential tool for protecting the populations against the disastrous floods, like those affecting the Czech Republic in 2002 and 2013 with terrible consequences.


Climate change also makes urgent the need to develop clean (carbon-free) energies to meet growing needs for power. Fortunately, solar and wind energies are becoming competitive and will be largely developed, provided there is enough energy storage to compensate for their intermittence. The only solution available today for massive storage at a reasonable price is to use reservoirs associated with pumped power stations. Hydropower is also a clean energy in itself. That is mitigation.


The services provided by dams (irrigation, hydropower production, water storage, flood protection, leisure…) are equally important for developed and developing countries. In Prague General Assembly, ICOLD will welcome three new countries in its family: Angola, Afghanistan and Bhutan. Thus reaching the mark of 100 country members.


ICOLD is working hard to disseminate knowledge through the work of its technical committees, the Science Congresses and Symposiums it organizes. Exemplary of this is the Symposium organized by the Czech National Committee on Large Dams today, on “knowledge-base dam engineering”.



You will find photos of the 85 Annual Meeting on Social Medias:







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Les Grands Barrages pour l'Afrique

Les Grands Barrages pour l'Afrique

L'Afrique est maintenant le nouveau pays d'opportunité pour le développement des Barrages. Après la Réunion Annuelle de la CIGB  à Johannesbourg (Afrique du Sud), en juin 2016, la CIGB prépare Africa 2017, en Mars suivant à Marrakech (Maroc).

L'Afrique est maintenant le nouveau pays d'opportunité pour le développement des barrages et il y a beaucoup de signes évocateur de cette tendance, y compris au sein de la CIGB. Premièrement, la CIGB a élu un Président Africain, M. Adama Nombre, du Burkina Faso. Il était le président de 2012 à 2015. Deuxièmement, la CIGB se développe avec beaucoup de nouveaux pays Africains qui rejoignent la grande famille de la CIGB, le plus récent étant la Guinée Bissau. La CIGB a déjà co-organisé avec Aqua Média International la conférence Africa 2013 à Addis Abeba et co-organisera Africa 2017 à Marrakech.


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La CIGB publie la Déclaration Mondiale sur les Réservoirs pour le développement durable

Pendant le 24ème congrès à Kyoto, Japon, la  Commission Internationale des Grands Barrages a ratifié une “Déclaration mondiale des réservoirs pour le développement durable”, signée par la Commission Internationale sur l'Irrigation et le drainage, l'Association Internationale d'Hydroélectricité et l'association internationale sur les Ressources en Eau.


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Press Release on Laos Dam failure

Press Relase


Dam Failure in Laos



The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is following the situation very closely as information is just coming out about the collapse of the saddle dam at the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Hydroelectric Dam, in Laos.




ICOLD newly elected President Michael Rogers made the following statement:


“Our deepest condolences go out to the people of Laos impacted by this tragedy, especially those families who have lost loved ones and/or their homes.


Dams are critical pieces of not only physical, but also socio-economic infrastructure that supply renewable power, storage for agricultural, industrial, municipal and community water supply. Like other large infrastructure in our societies, dams provide critical service, but also pose high risks that must be addressed during the planning, design and construction phases.   The precautionary principle of dams to prevent and/or mitigate adverse downstream safety consequences informs and is at the heart of the ICOLD Mission.


ICOLD has been working for 90 years to promote the safe and sustainable design and construction of dams.  As an organization of 100 nations committed to the safety of all dams around the world, ICOLD stands ready to assist and support the project owner and the national dam safety organization in Laos to assess the situation and work towards recovery.  Moving forward, it will be important to understand the full cause of this apparent failure so that important lessons may be shared with other nations and dam owners. This is the heart of ICOLD mission and the main reason why it was founded.  For example, during its recent Congress in Vienna (July 1-7 2018), ICOLD organized an important open workshop on the lessons learned from the Oroville Spillway Incident (USA, 2017).


Again, our heartfelt condolences go out to the thousands of persons downstream of this dam that have been impacted by this tragedy and ICOLD stands ready to support Laos in any way possible.”



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