Best Practices for Large Hydropower Development in Latin America

 

When: 2011

Where: Brazil

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

Key objectives

  • Create awareness about the role and benefits of sustainable large hydropower projects in mitigating climate change, in ensuring security of supply, in enhancing social and environmental mitigation measures, and in stimulating local regional development.
  • Discuss best practices for successful development of sustainable large hydropower projects.

When: 2011

Where: Brazil

What: Strengthening Institutional Capacities

We designed a two-workshop initiative to share perspectives on the best practices for the successful development of sustainable large hydropower facilities in today’s social, economic and global environment. The objective was to create awareness about the role and benefits of sustainable large hydropower projects in mitigating climate change, in ensuring security of supply, in enhancing social and environmental mitigation measures, and in stimulating local regional development. The first workshop targeted Latin American countries, while the second one targeted Russia.

Our first workshop was organized in collaboration with the Regional Energy Integration Commission of Latin America (CIER). This high-level workshop was held in Tucuruí, Brazil, on November 22-23, 2011.

Local and international experts presented the best practices in Latin America and worldwide in large hydropower development, based on their experience, to guarantee the development and protection of the environment, address the mitigation measures acceptable by the population, increase transparency and accountability vis-à-vis local stakeholders, and promote sustainable regional development. There was a clear emphasis on case studies (both regionally and internationally) so that attendees could see applied cases and the experience acquired from them.

Following the discussions, a technical visit to Tucurui’s hydropower plant was arranged. Participants appreciated the technical visit to the plant and visits to different social and environmentally responsible programs that have been implemented in its surroundings.

Participating members and partners

  • Hydro-Québec
  • RusHydro
  • EDF
  • Eletrobras
  • Regional Energy Integration Commission of Latin America (CIER)
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