The role of environmental flows in broad-based basin planning for hydropower in Asia

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The role of environmental flows in broad-based basin planning for hydropower in Asia

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While project-scale efforts to protect river ecosystems are important, embedding these in the context of a wider basin or regional-level approach is crucial, allowing the cumulative impact of multiple developments to be better understood and enhancing the prospects for cooperation and sustainability.  EFlows assessments are a key part of this exercise and have often been the vehicle through which IWRM activities have been integrated basin-wide, but the investigations and potential solutions range far wider than the simple management of flow.

This session will explore the use of EFlow assessments in basin-wide hydropower planning; challenges and opportunities, including tools, non-flow related issues, building partnerships, and negotiating purchasing and other agreements to promote sustainability.

Discussion will follow presentations to agree on common goals towards the inclusion of environmental and social criteria in basin-wide hydropower planning.

Date: Tuesday, 13 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:00

 

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