The RSAT was developed to assess hydropower in a basin wide context based on IWRM principles. RSAT has been under development since 2010. A series of trials and national and regional consultations have been undertaken in the Lower Mekong region with participation of government, industry and civil society groups. As at 2014, dialogue and assessment has been facilitated using RSAT in nine Mekong hydropower sub-basins and development of the tool is ongoing.
The RSAT is a multi-stakeholder dialogue and assessment tool designed to consider hydropower sustainability issues in a river basin context. Placing hydropower in a basin wide context requires looking beyond individual projects to take a broader integrated approach to planning and management. The application of tools such as the RSAT can assist to identify development strategies, institutional responses and management measures that can be deployed to optimize the benefits of hydropower development and reduce the risks.
RSAT concepts follow accepted international good practice. To further develop the capacity of government and private sector professionals in the broad range of RSAT topics, a range of training and awareness modules have been prepared by the MRC. These include:
RSAT training modules Related links
1. INSTITUTIONAL MAPPING FOR RSAT ASSESSMENT
2. INTERVIEW SCHEDULE
3. RSAT Data collection template
4. RSAT Topic and performance statement Checklists
5. RSAT GAP Analysis report and presentation
6. Template for a Topic SWOT Analysis and Recommendations
7. RSAT Group assessment result - Worksheet
8. Template for the 5 WHYS