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2011 Summary

The 2011 World Hydropower Congress took place in Iguaçu, Brazil, close to the site of the Itaipu dam, a binational project which is home to the world’s second-largest hydropower station by installed capacity.

The 2011 congress covered a broad range of topics, including policies and market initiatives to advance sustainable hydropower worldwide, strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and project investment and financing.

This event brought together delegates from government agencies, industry, research institutes, environmental groups and civil society to help shape the future strategy for the hydropower sector. High-level speakers and experts addressed the key topics of the congress: sustainability, water, energy, climate and investment.

Key initiatives such as the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and the UNESCO/IHA GHG Measurement Guidelines for Freshwater Reservoirs were also discussed at the congress, bringing this crucial work in sustainability to a wider audience.

Study and networking tours before and after the congress provided delegates with unique insights into Brazil’s advanced hydropower sector. Other highlights included a visit to the world-famous Iguaçu falls by moonlight and a light and sound show at the Itaipu dam.


IHA 2011 World Congress