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Hydropower Advisory

Hydropower Advisory 
Sustainability is never achieved overnight. In the hydropower sector, it begins with developing up-to-date policy and regulations that can be put into practice.
IFC's Kate Lazarus discusses how Myanmar's development community needs to work together to help the private sector achieve new standards.
“Unless you look at cumulative impacts, you don’t have a project,” said Vaqar Zakaria, Managing Director, Hagler Bailey, based in Islamabad.
The Nam Ou River Basin, home to a cascade of seven hydropower dams, is rapidly changing. IFC and Lao PDR officials intend to identify key characteristics of the basin and create a comprehensive profile.
“IFC’s Performance Standards could be used as a guideline, or a checklist when reviewing environmental impact assessments,” said U Hein Htet, Deputy Director General, Department of Electric Power Planning at MOEP.

What's New

Press Release: IFC Works to Improve Hydropower Standards in Pakistan


Presentations Now Available: Advancing Sustainable Hydropower Series in Nepal


Small Hydropower Study Tour
Date: May 8-14, 2016

Venue: Hanoi, Vietnam


Environmental Impact Assessment Guidelines Stakeholder Workshop

Date: May 20, 2016
Venue: Kathmandu, Nepal


Environmental Safeguards in Hydropower Planning and Funding

Date: May 25-26, 2016
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand



Lao PDR's Hydropower Plant Managers Receive Training on IFC's Standards



MARCH ISSUE: Myanmar Updates, News from Pakistan, and HDWG Event in Lao PDR


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IFC Promotes Sustainability in the Hydropower Sector


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 34 million people, or about 66 percent of the population that currently live without access to electricity. 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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