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Regional interconnections

Introduction

Hydropower is often a major factor in economic and social development at local, national and regional levels.

With the increasing number of interconnections between electricity systems and 260 of the world’s rivers crossing at least one national boundary, the future development of hydropower often involves cooperation not just among domestic stakeholders, but also with stakeholders from neighboring countries as well.

The opportunities and benefits associated with regional hydropower development can increase in tandem with the number of countries concerned, as can the complexities and potential risks.  

Our work on cross-border projects

IHA, in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other interested parties, has explored these issues through a series of regional workshops in Africa, Asia and Latin America as part of our work on regional cooperation.

Common themes and lessons learned are shared with our partners and stakeholders for continued learning.

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