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Certified user training for the Inter-American Development Bank

Certified user training for the Inter-American Development Bank

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A three-day Certified User Training on the Hydropower Sustainability Tools was held for the Inter-American Development Bank and IDB Invest in Washington D.C. in October by trainers from the International Hydropower Association.

Participants gained knowledge of good international industry practice in hydropower preparation, implementation and operation and how the tools can support clients involved in hydropower development across Latin America.

“Overall it was an excellent and pragmatic course,” said Roberto Aiello, Principal Energy Regional Specialist at IDB. “I liked the design, structure, topics, pace and content - it works very well for people like us at multilateral development banks, who have busy schedules.”

“A deeper knowledge on sustainability tools for hydropower is essential for our work in the region, as hydropower is still the largest electricity source in Latin America,” added Arturo Alarcón, senior energy specialist at IDB. “Currently we are supporting several rehabilitation and modernisation projects, and applying sustainability principles in infrastructure development, operation and maintenance is critical to guarantee the best use of our resources.”

IHA’s approach to training is centred around hands-on training and the sharing of technical know-how. IDB and IDB Invest staff reviewed and analysed case studies from previous assessments and engaged in interactive activities designed to build their confidence around the assessment process and solidify their knowledge of sustainability measurement.

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