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Climate change

Extreme weather events and changes in hydrological patterns can be expected in a world altered by climate change.

Hydropower systems are characterised by their longevity and are traditionally designed on the basis of historical hydrological data.

Planning hydropower systems from a long-term, climate-resilient perspective will ensure that future generations inherit infrastructure that will not be compromised by climate change.

Climate mitigation

IHA has led the way in developing a tool for reliably estimating the carbon emissions of hydropower.


Climate resilience

IHA has published the Hydropower Sector Climate Resilience Guide to ensure that hydropower projects will be resilient to climate change.

The guide provides workable international good practice guidance for project owners, governments, financial institutions and private developers. 


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    2015 Hydropwer Status Report available for download

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    Let’s change the way we think about downstream flows

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    Hydropower generation has always dominated the Brazilian energy matrix. It stands out from other sources due to its low cost and intrinsic characteristics.

    Blog post
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    IHA Board elected for 2015–17

    We are pleased to announce the results of the election of the IHA Board to serve for the period to October 2017.

    News post
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    Gomez Ochoa (EPM): "We are analysing our vulnerability to climate change"

    María Isabel Gómez Ochoa is sustainable development manager at Empresas Públicas de Medellín (EPM) in Colombia. In this interview, she discusses the company's approach to climate change, and how hydropower can contribute to mana

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