EIA Guidelines for Hydro Sector in Nepal Near Completion

Dates: April 8-10, 2017
Venue: Kathmandu, Nepal

For several years, IFC and officials from Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment have been working on drafting environmental impact assessment (EIA) guidelines for the hydropower sector. Once complete, the guidelines will help hydropower companies to conduct better EIAs that meet international standards and will assist the government with the review and approval process.  In mid-April, IFC together with about 40 government stakeholders and environmental and social experts joined a three-day workshop in Kathmandu hosted by Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment to review and agree on the final draft of the guidelines.

Dr. Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary of the Ministry of Population and Environment opened the event reiterating the importance of good international industry practice in Nepal's new environmental impact assessment guidelines for the hydropower sector. The Secretary was joined by officials from his Ministry along side the Ministry of Energy and the Department of Electricity Development, and Nepal’s Electricity Authority.

Supported by the Australian and Japanese governments the EIA guidelines for the hydropower sector will be aligned with general EIA guidelines, which was the focus of the first day of the workshop. Additionally, IFC helped participants on how to maintain international good practices in national guidelines, while ensuring sustainable hydropower projects can be developed to meet the country's pressing electricity needs.

Comments from participants will be incorporated into the final revision before the draft is submitted to the Ministry of Population and Environment.

 Please contact Kate Lazarus, IFC for more information.