Environmental and social
There are many environmental and social considerations which are criticial to achieving consensus on hydropower development.
IHA has championed the development of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, a tool that measures hydropower projects across a range of considerations, including environmental and social.
The protocol was developed as a result of three years of multi-stakeholder engagement with governments, the finance sector, NGOs and hydropower industry.
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The Blanda project, owned by Landsvirkjun, carried out one of the largest revegetation and erosion control programmes in Iceland's history. This case study demonstrates how the project's efforts to reduce sedimentation and erosion have benefitted local communities and biodiversity.Type:Blog postDate:7 September 2017
Angus Swindon, Entura's national director of power and water, explains that keeping the public safe around dams involves considering and mitigating some more common and less documented risks.Type:Blog postDate:21 July 2017
This case study is featured in Better Hydro: Compendium of Case Studies 2017, which highlights examples of good practice in hydropower sustainability across all aspects of project development.Type:Blog postDate:17 July 2017
The Keeyask project was developed by Manitoba Hydro (MH) in partnership with four Cree Nations communities affected by the project. This case study demonstrates best practices in engaging and working with indigenous peoples, respecting culture and livelihoods, achieving consent and providing significant benefits.Type:Blog postDate:28 June 2017
Hydropower continues to be a catalyst for growth around the world as it remains the dominant form of renewable energy, having contributed over 16 per cent of the globe’s electricity production in 2016.Type:Blog postDate:27 June 2017