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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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  • Blanda power station

    Better Hydro: reducing sedimentation and erosion at Blanda, Iceland

    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 post
    Date:
    7 September 2017
  • dam safety Entura

    Guest blog: Keeping safe around dams

    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 post
    Date:
    21 July 2017
  • Chaglla community bus stop

    Better Hydro: Environmental and social issues management at Chaglla, Peru

    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 post
    Date:
    17 July 2017
  • Better Hydro: engaging with indigenous peoples at Keeyask, Canada

    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 post
    Date:
    28 June 2017
  • Boating on the Rance Estuary, France

    Identifying, quantifying and maximising the multiple benefits of hydropower

    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 post
    Date:
    27 June 2017

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