RSAT Overview: The Basin-wide Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tool

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.

RSAT as a dialogue and assessment tool

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. 

Training and Awareness:

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 overview training – a general introduction over 2 days
  • Practitioner training - An applied course aimed at developing regional competency in the deployment of the RSAT tool.
  • Generalist training in RSAT topics – covers the RSAT topics grouped by Environmental, Socio-economic and Technical issues
  • Specialist RSAT Topic training – an in depth training for specialists in he particular topics.

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