The World Hydropower Congress in Paris, 14-16 May continues to portray large hydroelectric dams as green and a clean source of energy . Organized by the industrial lobby of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in partnership with UNESCO, the conference’s title reads, “Delivering the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals”.
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Remember that 20 years ago, the World Commission on Dams had already published a framework document, advocating practices that respect human rights and ecology. It was the result of a international workgroup with representant of the Worldbank, Dambuilders, Environmental NGOs and dam affected people.
This text has unfortunately never been applied by hydropower industry who have chosen to redefine their own criteria and have blowen all the rest away in favour of their “Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol”, which itself is rarely applied …