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* International conference on hydropower and dams to begin today in Sri Lanka
Tue, Mar 11, 2014, 11:03 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 11, Colombo: ASIA 2014, the Fifth International Conference on Water Resources and Hydropower Development in Asia will be launched today in the Sri Lankan capital.

The Hydropower and Dams Asia 2014 Conference will be held from 11-13 March 2014 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo.

The conference will focus on water resources and hydropower development in Asia and bring together experts from over 60 countries in all the disciplines associated with planning, financing, implementing, operating and refurbishing dams, hydro plants, and other renewable energy systems, the organizers say.

Delegations from more than 60 countries are expected to attend, and will exchange knowledge and experience on a broad range of topics of particular relevance to the Asian countries.

Among the topics to be addressed are policy and planning, project finance, design and construction of water infrastructure, flood mitigation and management, sedimentation management, hydro plant design, safety, small and large hydro, pumped storage, power trading and climate change adaptation.

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Power and Energy, the Mahaweli Authority, the Ceylon Electricity Board, the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, the Sri Lanka National Committee on Large Dams and the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau support the event.

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