The project aims to encourage the community organisers of existing micro hydro programmes to advocate the replication of successful micro hydro power projects in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asian members of the Hydro Empowerment Network have expressed a strong need to strengthen the local human resources – the so-called community organisers – who are at the heart of their work, by providing them with better support and increasing their numbers. The suggested solution for meeting this need is to collectively engage the micro hydro community organisers in the regions. These organisers are often members of indigenous communities, which face an onslaught of inequitable development in Southeast Asia, such as large dams, mining and forest exploitation. This development not only weakens the micro hydro plants, but also unravels the socio-cultural-environmental sustainability fabric that has existed for generations. It is this fabric which ultimately ensures the success of micro hydro plants.
The specific objectives of the exchange activity are: