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Sustainable Hydropower in the Mekong Region

Sustainable Hydropower in the Mekong Region 
“Chinese banks are among the leading lenders in neighboring Southeast Asia and Africa, making them important players in international development finance,” said Morgan Landy, IFC Transaction Risk Solutions Director based in Washington D.C.
“Hydropower demands are growing too fast to limit your scope to one country,” said Kate Lazarus, team leader for IFC’s Mekong sustainable hydropower program. “We’re approaching sustainability from an Asia-wide perspective.”
Sustainable hydropower develpoment can be done better. Experts agree that three areas needing improvement are addressing environmental and social risks upfront, improving sustainable lending, and strengthening regional cooperation.
“What we want is to unlock private sector solutions for hydropower development,” said Morgan Landy, speaking at the 2015 World Hydropower Congress held in May in Beijing.
“Affordable hydropower is critical as we work toward increasing access to electricity for the 1.3 billion people who live without it,” said IFC Executive Vice President and CEO Jin-Yong Cai.

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Advanced Negotiation Training

August 17-21, 2015, Lao PDR


Hydropower Developers' Working Group

September 11, 2015, Lao PDR


Regional Course on Social Impact Assessments for Hydropower

Application Deadline: October 2, 2015, Vietnam



Understanding Lao PDR's Rivers Before It's Too Late



Policy on Sustainable Hydropower Development in Lao PDR




JULY FEATURE: Chinese Banks Can Play Key Role in Shaping Sustainable Hydropower Development


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IFC Promotes Sustainability of the Hydropower Sector in the Mekong Region


In Asia, 700 million people live without electricity. To meet Asia’s growing energy demands, hydropower projects in the Mekong region are developing fast. 


In Myanmar alone, hydropower potentials top 100,000 megawatts – the region’s highest. If realized sustainably, the energy produced could benefit six million people to meet their energy needs. This is coupled with Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s energy generation potentials, which could bring electricity to nearly all rural households by 2020, drive business growth, and generate income to reduce poverty. 


The challenge, however, is to develop this natural resource sustainably. [read more] 







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