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.
Latest associated content
The 2017 Hydropower Status Report was launched at the opening of the World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa on Tuesday 9 May.Type:News postDate:9 May 2017
The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (“the Protocol”) was launched at the World Hydropower Congress in 2011, and has since been applied in every continent of the world.Type:Programme itemDate:12 April 2017
The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre has developed an innovative mechanism to predict and prepare for flood risks, which was presented at aType:Blog postDate:27 March 2017
31.5 GW new hydropower capacity commissioned worldwide in 2016, pumped storage development accelerates
31.5 GW of new hydropower capacity was commissioned in 2016, according to estimates in our new briefing, 2017 Key Trends in Hydropower.Type:Blog postDate:22 March 2017
Social aspects can be challenging to overcome if developers are not able to gain the support from affected stakeholders and obtain a ‘social licence’.Type:Programme itemDate:6 March 2017