This month, the Myanmar government and IFC, with support from the Australian government, held a planning meeting to launch a country-wide strategic environmental assessment (SEA) that will take place in three phases over the course of the next year.
IFC, with support from the Australian government, and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), conducted a training workshop on stakeholder engagement for officials from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservat
In Lao PDR, small hydropower has the potential to be big business. With support from IFC and the Australian government, Lao PDR approved the Regulation on Small Hydropower Development to streamline approvals for projects less than 15 megawatts.
IFC offers tailor-made advisory services, technical expertise, and training opportunities to stakeholders in the hydropower industry.
With hundreds of hydropower projects planned throughout the Mekong region, IFC supports environment, water, and energy ministries to improve policies and regulations, with the aim of developing projects that follow good international industry practices to protect the environment and local people’s livelihoods.
To meet growing energy demands, neighboring financial institutions are increasingly investing in the region’s hydropower projects. These institutions can increase overall project and financial performance by putting in place effective environmental and social management systems and mitigating risks upfront, and IFC can help them do that.
An open and transparent dialogue between different stakeholders can help raise environmental and social standards for hydropower projects. That is why IFC seeks to partner with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure all parties are able to better anticipate, evaluate, and manage the cumulative impacts of hydropower development.
IFC has established a platform for hydropower developers to discuss the challenges they are facing and voice concerns to the government. The Hydropower Developers’ Working Group meets quarterly and is open to all companies interested in improving hydropower standards. The working group has a chapter in Lao PDR and is planning to establish one in Myanmar.