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Sustainable Hydropower in the Mekong Region

What We Do

As investment opportunities in hydropower take off, IFC is working to ensure hydropower development follows good international industry practices so that new projects are developed and operated in an environmentally and socially sustainable way in the Mekong region.


With its global expertise on sustainable hydropower development, IFC provides tailored advice to hydropower companies, banks, chambers of commerce, and energy and environment ministries to help them address environmental, social, and worker health and safety issues effectively.


Our work with companies aims to create business growth and contribute to the development of sustainable hydropower.


We help banks improve risk management by strengthening their systems and developing environmental and social guidelines for their investments. We also advise them on cross-border financing when regional hydropower investments are considered.


We work with governments to improve policies and regulations, assess the cumulative impacts of hydropower projects, and manage cascades. As the sector continues to grow, so does our program and portfolio.

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