Environmental Flows (E-Flows)

March 17, 2021


Environmental Flows (E-Flows) are the central components of a functioning watershed. E-Flows encompass the quantity, frequency, timing, quality of water, sediment flows necessary to sustain freshwater ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well-being that depends on these ecosystems. Development of Hydropower projects, irrigation projects, and sand/gravel mining activities etc. without a proper consideration on E-flows may trigger inevitable impacts on biodiversity and ecological processes within the river system. The webinar shall briefly introduce E-Flow concepts and guide participants on holistic approaches appropriate for low impact to high impact hydro development projects. The two presentations will showcase good local and international examples of E-Flow models used to develop mitigation actions, protect river ecology, provide socio-economic benefits (e.g., fishing, sediment mining), and to monitor project impacts over time to achieve sustainable operation.
See: IFC's Good Practice Handbook on Environmental Flows for Hydropower Projects.


About the Presenters:

Dr. Cate Brown

Fresh Water Ecologist

Vaqar Zakaria

Managing Director
Hagler Bailly Pakistan


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