Climate Change Negotiation Role-Play: Bepo Dam Plan, The Managing Climate Risk in Energy Sector Planning

TitleClimate Change Negotiation Role-Play: Bepo Dam Plan, The Managing Climate Risk in Energy Sector Planning
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSchenk, T, Fairman, D, Plumb, D, Susskind, L, Angell, P, Levin, K
Keywordsdecision making, PON

Eight-party negotiation (with option for a ninth person facilitator) regarding climate change issues in a situation loosely based on the situation in Ghana.

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The Bepo Dam Plan exercise presents the kinds of challenges decision makers are expected to face in the near future in light of climate change based on trends already seen, predictions of what may come and plans already under development. This exercise is loosely based on the situation in Ghana, and was first run there. Ghana depends on hydroelectricity for much of its power supply and climate change poses a very real threat.  Two-dozen people were interviewed in the preparation of this exercise and an extensive literature review was conducted. The details have, however, been modified and this scenario is placed in the fictitious country of Suna. Ultimately, the setting is not so important – while other countries will not face the exact same challenges, planning for a changing climate is increasingly recognized as necessary around the world and this exercise can help decision makers to think about how to make choices in the face of substantial uncertainty.Many countries are, in fact, facing similar questions around hydroelectric dams, but the questions raised are generalizable to situations beyond this particular issue.

This exercise will help participants to think about:

How to deal with data that could have serious implications but are highly uncertain and dynamic;

How and at what stage climate change should be factored into planning and decision-making;

How to consider risk in decision-making; and

How different stakeholders can work together to make these challenging decisions.