Studying Hydropower Potential in AfghanistanRATIONALE
The increased use of community-based micro-hydropower projects can bring many benefits to poor, rural communities. Renewable energy from water-based resources reduces the need for burning firewood, which saves local forests (often reducing erosion and water pollution) and reduces the amount of pollutants released into the air. Micro-hydropower projects often are more reliable than traditional methods of energy generation, making possible the development of local businesses, providing opportunities for entrepreneurship, increased employment, and better livelihoods.
Accurate information is needed to discover sites where hydropower projects can be implemented, in order that such developments are practical and economically feasible.
The project will ascertain the number of potential mini/micro-hydropower sites within the Jurm District, Badakshan Province, in extreme northeastern Afghanistan. Winrock staff will study recent topographical maps, resulting in a list of sites and their basic characteristics suitable for mini/micro-hydropower development in Jurm.
Winrock staff members will prepare for the study and then travel to Afghanistan, where they will collect information and perform field work for a reconnaissance study over a period of six weeks. Following the studies and field work, staff will prepare draft and final reports listing potential hydropower sites in Jurn District.