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Hydropower Benefit Sharing: How-to Guide


The How-to Guide on Hydropower Benefit Sharing supports project decision-makers in identifying and delivering benefits to project-affected communities.

Providing an overview of current knowledge on benefit sharing across the hydropower sector, the publication aims to support developers and operators in meeting international good practice in accordance with definitions provided by the Hydropower Sustainability Tools.

The how-guide summarises benefit types, including those related to project siting and design, monetary and non-monetary, regulatory and voluntary benefits, as well as governance and monitoring methodologies.

It also outlines a range of strategies to share benefits related to financial mechanisms, capacity-building, training and employment, procurement, social services, economic infrastructure, electrification and subsidies, and reservoir use.

Find out more about the Hydropower Sustainability Tools:

Read the news release.

About IHA

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a non-profit membership organisation committed to sustainable hydropower. Our mission is to advance sustainable hydropower by building and sharing knowledge on its role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions. We achieve this through sector monitoring, advancing strategies that strengthen performance, and building an open, innovative and trusted platform for knowledge.