Webinar: Sustainable hydropower in the Western Balkans

Western Balkans, Europe,
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Find out how the Hydropower Sustainability Tools will be used to build capacity for sustainable hydropower in the Western Balkans.


Across Europe's Western Balkans region, demand is growing for the reliable, pollution-free renewable energy that hydropower can provide. Yet local communities can be divided over its merits, with some campaigners seeking to bring a halt to new projects.

For national licencing authorities, the challenge is to assess whether proposed hydropower schemes are sustainable for the environment and livelihoods.

The International Hydropower Association (IHA), the Albanian Power Corporation (KESH) and the Swiss government’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) have launched a new initiative in the Western Balkans designed to support authorities, investors and developers to implement international good practices in hydropower development.


Find out how the Hydropower Sustainability Tools can build capacity for sustainable hydropower in the Western Balkans by upgrading the sustainability of existing projects as well as ensuring new projects are developed sustainably, at the webinar on 10 March 2021.

Representatives from the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the Albanian Power Corporation (KESH) will come together to present the project’s programme of events, applying the tools to hydropower projects in Albania.

Statkraft will also present a recent successful assessment of one of their hydropower projects in the Western Balkans at the webinar.


- Mr. Eddie Rich, Chief Executive Officer, IHA

- Mr. Patrik Meier, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Switzerland in Albania

- Mr. Blendi Bushati, Director – Strategic Development Department, KESH

- Ms. Rigela Gegprifti, Country Manager – Devoll Hydropower, Statkraft

- Mr. Alain Kilajian, Programme Lead, IHA

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