Training Course on Cumulative Impacts of Hydropower Projects

Date: January 23-24, 2018

Venue: Kathmandu, Nepal


Major environmental and social management challenges faced today, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, scarcity of water resources, displacement of communities and impacts on traditional local livelihoods, are often the result of cumulative impacts from a range of activities that together can have significant impacts.


Understanding cumulative environmental and social impacts from multiple projects, actions and activities located in the same watershed is important. In some cases, the most ecologically devastating environmental effects and subsequent social consequences may not result from the direct effects of a particular action, project or activity but from the combination of existing stresses and the individual minor effects of multiple actions over time.


Cumulative impacts within a watershed can impact the success and power production of hydropower projects, particularly if they affect the water resources and sediment loads, or change the social dynamics around the project.


In 2013, IFC developed a six-step process to conduct a cumulative impact assessment (CIA). IFC specialists are now working together with companies in emerging markets to help them identify how they contribute to cumulative impacts and offer guidance on project design and implementation of measures to more effectively manage associated risks.


At this one and a half-day intensive workshop, resource persons will help participants identify types of cumulative impacts from hydropower projects, assess their associated risks and discuss how to conduct a Cumulative Impact Assessment using IFC’s Good Practice Handbook (GPH) Cumulative Impact Assessment and Management: Guidance for the Private Sector in Emerging Markets. With guidance from industry experts, participants will ensure that overtime their business can continue to grow sustainably.


 For training presentations and more information related to cumulative impact assessments visit our resources page.


Please contact Kate Lazarus, IFC Hydro Advisory Team Lead for more information.