Regional Validation Workshop on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the energy sector & Regional Training Workshop on Hydro Power resource mapping and potentials of all West African rivers


ECREEE in collaboration with the project partners (University of Geneva, the Energy Centre KNUST, the Ministry of Energy Cabo Verde, and Noveltis S. A. S.), are jointly organizing a Regional Validation/Training Workshop scheduled from the 26th to 29th of July 2016, in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop is fully funded by the European Union. The training on hydro power resource assessment will also be held back-to-back as planned in the ECOWAS Small Scale Hydro Power program, which is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

Objectives of the workshop

The main objective pf the regional validation workshop is to validate the outcome of the project ECOWREX 2 project, valorize the project results and strengthen capacity within the Member States on the use of GIS tools for promoting sustainable energy development.

The main objective of the regional training workshop on hydro power resource assessment is to present the output of modelling hydro power potentials and climate change scenarios for all rivers in the West African region and to train the Member States on the use of the water resource data and hydro power potentials, that will be fully integrated onto the ECOWREX.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Valorize ECOWREX2 project results.
  • Share experiences on energy planning, specifically using GIS tools.
  • Train participants on Hydro Power (HP) resource assessment and mapping.
  • Validate the maps and tools developed in the ECOWREX 2 project.
  • Train participants on how to use the ECOWREX GIS platform.
  • Validate a data collection strategy for ECOWREX.
  • Discuss the proposed indicators and data collection methods for monitoring the implementation of the national Sustainable Energy Country Action Plans
  • Provide a platform for sharing experiences and best practices.


Participants are expected to:

  1. Develop an understanding of the project benefits and how ECOWREX can support the Member States.
  2. Gain more knowledge on promoting sustainable energy development through the use of Geospatial Technology.
  3. Gain understanding of the approaches and methodologies for the utilization of the energy access software - Intigis, including its application for energy planning.
  4. Brainstorm and develop a strategy for data and metadata collection for ECOWREX.
  5. Share experiences on GIS implementation (or other alternatives used for energy planning) in their respective Member States.
  6. Gain understanding of Hydro Power Resource mapping and Potential, including climate change scenarios.
  7. Provide feedback to ECREEE on the proposed indicators and data collection methods in the template for the annual reports on the implementation of the Sustainable Energy Country Action Plans.

The draft concept note and agenda is attached below.