Single and multipurpose hydropower facilities can make substantial contributions at local, regional and national levels. In addition to added revenues, they provide other local benefits relating to employment, education, and recreation. Hydropower projects can also open up new possibilities for trade, transportation and tourism.
They can also provide services such as flood mitigation, water supply, irrigation. However, the benefits of hydropower developments are often under-reported, and companies and project developers struggle to collect, quantify and share information on the benefits of their projects.
This is due to the lack of an adequate framework or template that enables them to bring forward these added values to society. We are working to identify and quantify the many benefits of hydropower development, drawing on the experience of our members and partners across the world.
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