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Doug Smith


Doug Smith

Independent consultant

Doug Smith was until recently employed as a Senior Sustainability Specialist at the International Hydropower Association, where he made a leading contribution to the development of the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol from 2011 to 2016. He is one of the initial group of assessors accredited by IHA to conduct official assessments using the Protocol. He was an accredited assessor for all but 5 of the total of 25 official assessments carried out to-date. He has led 7 assessments.

He has over 20 years of international experience in environmental and social assessment and reviews, with focus on renewable energy including hydropower. He has high familiarity with the environmental and social standards of international lenders, including World Bank safeguard policies and IFC Performance Standards. He has experience in over 35 developed and developing countries in all global regions. He holds a masters degree in conservation from University College London, and an MA from Oxford University in pure and applied biology.

He has delivered training on the Protocol repeatedly. His experience in Protocol assessments has encompassed projects ranging from 3 MW to 14,000 MW, in the following countries (clients in brackets): Austria (TIWAG), Brazil / Paraguay (Itaipu Binacional), Peru (Odebrecht), Ghana (Ministry of Power), Laos (China Three Gorges), Sweden (E.ON), Croatia (Program Sava), Colombia (ISAGEN), Brazil (Santo Antonio Energia), Colombia (ISAGEN), Vietnam (World Bank), France (EDF), Canada (Manitoba Hydro), Brazil (Engie/GDF Suez), Norway (Statkraft), Iceland (Landsvirkjun), Malaysia (Sarawak Energy), Germany (E.ON) and Australia (Hydro Tasmania).

Associated sessions

9 May
13:00 - 14:00

Social aspects

Type: Interval

Social aspects can be challenging to overcome if developers are not able to gain the support from affected stakeholders and obtain a ‘social licence’.

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10 May
14:30 - 16:00

The future of project sustainability assessment

Type: Focus session
Co-convenors: SECO

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (“the Protocol”) was launched at the World Hydropower Congress in 2011, and has since been applied in every continent of the world.  

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