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Nile Talk Forum 3 - Dam Safety Management in Ethiopia

This is a past event.

Monday, December 21, 2020 at 8:00am

Virtual Event

This forum brings experts in Nile and other transboundary river issues of the world to discuss experiences in diffusing tensions, sharing the common good, build trust and develop collaboration and cooperation.

Michael Abebe | Vice President of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)

Dam Safety Management in Ethiopia

The fundamental objective of a dam safety is to protect people, property and the environment from design and construction flaws, harmful effects of mis-operation and subsequent failure of dams and reservoirs. In line with this, dams at construction and operational stages should be closely monitored and inspected regularly to ensure that they can still meet the safety by current standards. Modern Dam construction in Ethiopia started in the late thirties.

Michael Abebe has obtained a B.Sc. degree in Hydraulic Engineering and M.Sc in Hydropower Development. He has over 25 years of work experience in the Dam and hydropower sectors covering National, Sub-basin and Nile Basin wide scales. Since January, 2013, Michael has been the Regional Dam Safety Coordinator for the Eastern Nile Technical Regional Office (ENTRO). He is leading the overall implementation of dam safety management in the Eastern Nile. He had successfully held senior management positions as Head of Dams and Hydropower Department, Team Leader, and Project Manager, with high administrative and technical responsibilities in the study of regional and national hydropower projects in the Ethiopian Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity. He is currently serving as Vice President of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).

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