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The Technical Director
UNIDO Regional Centre for
Small Hydro Power
Thycaud P.O, Near Police Ground
Tel: 00-91-471-2323329,2323363;232 1820;
Fax. 0091-471-232 3342

Small Hydro Power (SHP) has been identified as one of the appropriate and environmentally friendly, renewable energy sources, which can provide convenient and uninterrupted energy to remote rural villages which are yet to be electrified. The development of SHP in remote hilly areas will obviously result in comprehensive socio-economic development of such areas. Providing power supply through RE systems has a much larger socio-economic impact, in that it would facilitate improved income generation in the rural setting. It would also enable small and village level industries to be established, communication facilities improved etc., thereby reducing migration to the cities, which are already under tremendous strain due to inadequate facilities. 

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) opened its first Regional Centre for Small Hydro Power in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, on 4 April 2003. This is a project financed jointly by Government of India, UNIDO and Government of Kerala and is functioning under the aegis of the Energy Management Centre, an autonomous body functioning within the Department of Power of the Government of Kerala.

   Main Objectives of the Conference  
Main Objectives of the Conference
  • To exchange views on small hydro power development in the region and its potential for the meeting the current and future rural electrification needs;
  • To study, through case histories, the various models of small hydro power development in the region;
  • To examine the potential for development of Pico, Micro, Mini and Small hydropower development in the countries of the region;
  • To take note of the financing options and policies for small hydro power development in the region;
  • To explore the opportunities for local user participation from concept to completion of small hydro projects;
  • To identify Action Programs in each of the participating countries and develop a strategy for accelerated development of small hydro power as a means of sustainable development with the involvement of UNIDO, UNDP and bilateral or multilateral agencies.

Eligible for participation are Government functionaries and Agencies involved in policy formulation, implementation and financing of renewable energy projects; International Organizations active in energy development; Manufacturers of small hydro power equipment; Independent Power Producers; Local bodies/Cooperatives developing SHP; NGOs active in rural development and micro hydropower construction; Researchers; Professional societies; Financing Institutions and such other individuals and entities who share the belief that rural electrification is for productive use and empowerment of the society.

The current focus is on participants from English speaking countries, as the language of proceedings is English.  The Organizers reserve the right to restrict participation, owing to financial and logistical reasons, to around 100, on “first come first served” basis. Participants from all continents are welcome.

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