StreamSide Chats: Edition 4

What is StreamSide Chats?

In 2020 we launched our video podcast series, StreamSide Chats. Through this platform we chat with experienced practitioners about community-scale hydropower, bringing you firsthand insights and expert analysis on a wide range of topics.  
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Edition 4: Socio-environmental Resilience in
Kalinga, Philippines
StreamSide Chats Edition 4 - Part A, Socio-environmental Resilience in Kalinga, Philippines
Socio-environmental Resilience - Part A
In Part A, Jade reflects on her experience growing up with micro hydro and shares about the ways in which her social and cultural context influenced her view of ‘development’.  We learn how projects are developed and managed by Indigenous communities in Kalinga province, and discuss how local governance structures and traditional environmental protocols support sustainable energy access, climate resilience, and community development.  Jade shares about key challenges and future priorities, highlighting the opportunity for various stakeholders to support and uplift Indigenous-led, nature-based solutions like the community hydro initiatives in Kalinga. 
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StreamSide Chats Edition 4 - Part B, Socio-environmental Resilience in Kalinga, Philippines
Socio-environmental Resilience - Part B
In Part B, join us for a tour with Ms. Jade Angngalo, Coordinator of the Renewable Energy Program at SIBAT, Eng. Ver Ian Victorio, Head of Micro Hydro Power Turbine Testing Center, Univ. of Rizwal System, and Eng. Roy Andrada, the Project Manager of the URS-MHP Program.  First, Jade shares an overview of the Balbalasang micro hydro project, including its technical components, evolution, and local impacts.  Next, the team shows us around the project, chatting with key community members along the way.  From a computer lab at the local high school, to hostels and a carpentry workshop, the tour offers a glimpse into the various community assets enabled by the micro hydro system.
In Case You Missed It

Edition 1: Recovery & Resilience

​To kick off the series, we spoke with decentralized renewable energy specialist, Divyam Nagpal, and Director of Clean Energy at Winrock International, Bikash Pandey.  We discussed the role of micro hydro in contributing to long term rural economic recovery and resilience in the pandemic era. 

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Edition 2: Resilient Enterprise in Nepal

Last time, Bikash Pandey spoke with Ashoka Fellow and micro / mini hydro developer Bir Bahadur Ghale from Nepal, where over 3000 small-scale hydro projects have been developed, supporting local job creation and economic resilience, even in the aftermath of the devastating 2015 earthquake.

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Edition 3: Community Utilities in Pakistan

Last time, we focused on Pakistan’s unique small-scale hydro sector, which has been scaled up over several decades.  We spoke with Sherzad Ali Khan, the Coordinator of the Aga Khan Development Network (or AKDN) for Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral regions.  We discussed gender-aware planning, productive end use, successful management, grid interconnection, climate finance and more. 

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