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          An Environment Agency - CIWEM Conference


         Hydro Power in England and Wales
        Addressing the Key Ecological Issues

                               March 3rd 2011
                           SOAS, University of London

The UK Government has launched a series of initiatives to increase
the amount of small scale hydropower as part of its wider
renewables programme to help meet the challenges of climate
change. It is important that any hydropower development is
sustainable with minimum damage to the environment.

The aim of this conference will be to focus on a number of
ecological issues in the context the Hydropower Good Practice
Guidelines in order to better understand key issues and what needs
to be done to resolve these.



Sponsors
     Maltby Land Surveys                   MWH RSK group Plc                         WRc

If you would like to sponsor this event please contact Lauren
lauren@ciwem.org or Justin justin@ciwem.org at CIWEM or on
0207 831 3110

         Please circulate to colleagues who may be interested




A conference organised by CMS – Communications and Management for Sustainability in partnership with
                                 CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group
                  Hydro Power in England and Wales - Addressing Key Ecological Issues
                               March 3rd 2011 - SOAS, University of London

Introductions

The UK Government has launched a series of initiatives to increase the amount of small scale hydropower as
part of its wider renewables programme to help meet the challenges of climate change. It is important that
any hydropower development is sustainable with minimum damage to the environment. The aim of this
conference will be to focus on a number of ecological issues in the context the Hydropower Good Practice
Guidelines in order to better understand key issues and what needs to be done to resolve these.

In setting out the programme below we are aiming to highlight and discuss environmental and fisheries
concerns with the continuing development of the guidelines which allows these to be fully brought out into
the open. It will also be an important part of the ongoing work to communicate the programme of work
including practical measures, gathering evidence and research currently underway.

The objectives of the event are set out below and link directly to the sessions; they are to:
    Promote a shared understanding of the importance and scale of the hydro power programme
    To understand the ecological importance of rivers and their goods and services
    Outline the contents of Good Practice Guidelines
    Explore the catchment scale implications of hydropower
    Understand the ecological requirement for fish passage and flows
    Understand the Fish screening requirements and design
    Highlight the outstanding issues & next steps

The format of the conference

Format: There are 7 main slots – these will be 40 or 45 minutes in duration. There will be an introduction from
the lead speaker from 10 – 15 mins max. Then short responses (5 mins each) from angling and hydropower
interests – who would attend the conference free of charge. This would leave 15 minute for questions and
points from the audience.

Programme

9.00    Registration and refreshments
9.40    Welcome and Introduction to the day Chairman Tony Grayling Head of Sustainable Development
                                                                            Environment Agency
        To provide a brief overview of recent progress and the context for the day

9.50   To promote a shared understanding of the importance and scale of the hydro power
                              programme                         James Marsh DECC tbc
To cover:
     The policy drivers and timetables
     The scale of the energy resource available and proposed developments (numbers)
     The value of this eg Community Schemes ,carbon targets ,FiTs, green economy
     To outline the Government’s (cross departmental) programme and the context of the Good
       Practice Guide
     Recognising that many working rivers are what they are because of historic hydropower schemes
Format – 20 mins presentation – 20 mins points and questions and answers from the audience

10.30  Thinking globally and acting locally – striking the right balance
                                                              Roger Furniss Director, the Angling Trust
To cover:
     Why rivers matter
     To outline the Fisheries & River NGO's approach to hydropower which can deliver win/win for rivers
       and renewable energy
     To consider the potential for using Cost Benefit Analysis of ecosystem goods and services in relation
       to hydropower
 Format – 20 mins presentation – 20 mins points and questions and answers from the audience
                   Hydro Power in England and Wales - Addressing Key Ecological Issues
                                March 3rd 2011 - SOAS, University of London

11.10 To outline the contents of Good Practice Guidelines       John Aldrick Environment Agency
To cover:
     The Good Practice Guide in outline – what is included and what is not
     The formal consultation
     The process – a living document – online comments – how to engage now and in the future
     Look at the other existing guidance – screens etc
     The need to make decisions within 4 months based on best judgement
Format:
Response from the British Hydropower Association [ 5 mins] speaker to be confirmed
Response from the Fisheries & River NGOs [5 mins] speaker to be confirmed
20 mins points and questions and answers from the audience
12.05 First break and refreshments

Chairman: Chairman to be confirmed
12.50 To explore the catchment scale implications of hydropower
                                     Geoff Bateman Environment Agency Head of Fisheries TBC
To cover:
     The current work to inform Good Practice Guide 3
     Carrying capacity re ecological requirements, flows and fish populations
     The role of WFD, and other statutory drivers
     Ecological consequences of hydropower
     Cumulative effects
Format:
Response from the British Hydropower Association [ 5 mins] speaker to be confirmed
Response from the Fisheries & River NGOs [5 mins] speaker to be confirmed
20 mins points and questions and answers from the audience

13.35 To understand the ecological requirement for fish passage and flows Ian Cowx
                                     Director International Fisheries Institute, University of Hull TBC
To cover:
     Evidence to support the GPG
     Design criteria to meet ecological river flow requirements
     Flow monitoring // flow regime in the depleted reach
     Site layout
     Fish pass design requirements
Format:
Response from the British Hydropower Association [ 5 mins] speaker to be confirmed
Response from the Fisheries & River NGOs [5 mins] speaker to be confirmed
20 mins points and questions and answers from the audience

Chairman Nigel Hendley        Nigel Hendley Associates & CIWEM TBC
15.00 To understand the Fish screening requirements and design      Speaker to be confirmed
To cover:
     The concern about schemes individually
     Existing information on fish screen design
     Hydro power technology specific proportionality - ie the differing needs of differing technologies
     Research, evidence and communications
Format:
Response from the British Hydropower Association [ 5 mins] speaker to be confirmed
Response from the Fisheries – ecology alliance [5 mins] speaker to be confirmed
20 mins points and questions and answers from the audience

15.45 To highlight the outstanding issues & next steps - Chairman
British Hydropower Association – 10 mins – speaker to be confirmed
Fisheries & River NGOs – 10 mins – speaker to be confirmed
20 minute discussion
                                                End 4.25 pm
                             Hydro Power in England and Wales - Addressing Key Ecological Issues
                                          March 3rd 2011 - SOAS, University of London

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is an independent professional body and
registered charity, advancing the science and practice of water and environment management for a clean, green
and sustainable world. www.ciwem.org
The Venue: The venue is the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Russell Square, London. This is a new, air
conditioned lecture theatre, with all the modern AV aids and professional projectionists; there will be ample space to
accommodate the anticipated delegate numbers.
Accommodation: There is a wide range of accommodation available in the area and delegates will receive a hotel list
when they book.
The Organisers: The conference is being organised by Bob Earll of Coastal Management for Sustainability (CMS), in
partnership with the CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group.
Conference fee: [VAT at 17.5%]
Conference fee                                    £180                     VAT £36.00       £216.00
Concession rate*                                  £150                     VAT £30.00       £180.00
Group Rate [3 or more paying together]            £155/person              VAT £31.00       £186.00 each
Full time Post Graduate student/ Retired CIWEM members £55                 VAT £11.00       £66.00

*Our aim is to make the conferences as inclusive as possible. The concession rate applies to individuals and organisations that clearly
work from limited budgets in the academic or voluntary sector. We will review this on a case by case basis and place individuals and
organisations on a register for future reference. Please contact us first by email to bob.earll@coastms.co.uk before booking if you think
you qualify.
        The fee includes food and refreshments and the conference papers
        Delegates with special needs should make this clear on booking
Conditions:
 Payment may be by cheque, BACS , credit card or online at www.coastms.co.uk
 Cheques ( made payable to ‘CMS’) should be sent to: CMS, Candle Cottage, Kempley, Glos GL18 2BU
 For BACS payments please return the booking form first for an invoice to be raised
 Invoices will be issued as the standard response
 Confirmation of registration will be acknowledged on receipt of booking form
 Receipts will be issued on payment
 Payment should be completed BEFORE the event; otherwise entry may be refused
 Payment is due for all cancellations within ten days of the meeting. Refunds (less £20 administration charge) will only
be issued for cancellation more than ten working days before the meeting; substitutes are permitted
Further details from Bob Earll: Phone/Fax 01531 890415 Joining details – maps, directions and hotels – programme are
on the CMS website: www.coastms.co.uk or Email: bob.earll@coastms.co.uk
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                             Hydro Power in England and Wales - Addressing Key Ecological Issues
                                          March 3rd 2011 - SOAS, University of London

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