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International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower 2013

21-24 May 2013 | Kuching, Malaysia

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Highlights for Friday, 24 May

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress continued on Thursday, 23 May, in Kuching, Malaysia. Participants engaged in a plenary session on incorporating sustainability into business practice. Focus sessions took place on climate change and renewable systems. The closing session took place in the afternoon, followed by the IHA General Meeting. The Congress closed at 4:10 pm. Please return to this website on Monday, 27 May 2013, for the IISDRS Summary of the Fourth IHA Congress.

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Highlights from Friday, 24 May 2013
Plenary Session: Incorporating Sustainability into Business Practice

A view of the dais during plenary session on incorporating sustainability into business practice (L-R): Barbara Fischer-Aupperle, Voith Hydro, David Crean, Hydro Tasmania, Mark Lovett, Transparency International, and Pablo Cardinale, IFC

Dominik Godde, E.ON Kraftwerke GmbH
Moderator Roger Gill, HydroFocus

 

Mohamad Irwan Aman, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB)

Focus Session: Climate Change: Four Dimensions of Hydropower

Focus Session: Climate Change: Four Dimensions of Hydropower (L-R): Phillipp Hauser, GDF Suez Latin America, Li Chong, China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC), Tormod Schei, Statkraft AS, and Byman Hamududu, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Zambia

 

Moderator Fredolin Tangang, Vice-Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

A view of the room during the session on climate change

Li Chong, China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC)

Focus Session: Renewable Systems: Sharing Experiences

A view of the dais: Miles Smith, Hydro Tasmania, Óli Grétar Blöndal Sveinsson, Executive Vice President, Landsvirkjun, Andrew Lang, Vice President, World Bioenergy Association, David Renné, President, International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

Herman Darnel Ibrahim, National Energy Council of Indonesia
Moderator Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21
Closing Session

A view of the dais during the focus session

Alexandre Uhlig, Instituto Acende Brasil
Jacob Irving, President, Canadian Hydropower Association

Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Minister of Resource Planning and Environment II, Minister of Public Utilities, Minister of Industrial Development, Sarawak, and Torstein Sjøtveit, CEO, Sarawak Energy Berhard (SEB)

IHA President Refaat Abdel-Malek

China accepts the baton as host of the next IHA World Congress

IHA Central Office Staff

 

ENB writer Qian Cheng shows Lin Chuxue, Executive Vice President, CTGC, a copy of the IHA World Congress Bulletin

Bhanu Pokharel, General Secretary, Nepal Hydropower Association, and IHA President Refaat Abdel-Malek

Thursday, 23 May 2013

 

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress continued on Thursday, 23 May, in Kuching, Malaysia. Participants engaged in two plenary sessions, a CEO Roundtable discussing modern hydropower and one on informing decision-making in the context of emerging roles for the Protocol. Two parallel focus sessions took place, one on investing in hydropower and another on working with project-affected communities. A special lecture during lunch discussed the impact of delays on hydropower projects, in particular on the ability of projects to deliver benefits. Side events in the afternoon covered resettlement and operationalizing multipurpose hydropower.

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CEO Roundtable: What is modern hydropower?

A view of the dais during the CEO roundtable (L-R): Torstein Sjøtveit, CEO, Sarawak Energy Berhard (SEB), Roy Adair, CEO, Hydro Tasmania, Katai Kachasa, CEO, Lunsemfwa Hydro Power Company, Zambia, and Elsbeth Tronstad, SN Power, Wolfgang Semper, Chairman, Hydro Equipment Association (HEA), and Moderator David Appleyard, Chief Editor, HRW Hydro Review Worldwide

Torstein Sjøtveit, CEO, Sarawak Energy Berhard (SEB), and Roy Adair, CEO, Hydro Tasmania
Terry Moss, ESKOM, poses a question during the Q and A session

Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Minister of Resource Planning and Environment II, Minister of Public Utilities, Minister of Industrial Development, Sarawak (center)

Jacob Irving, Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA)

Focus Session: Working with Project Affected Communities

A view of the dais during the session on project affected communities: Richard Koranteng Twum Barimah, Executive Director, Ghana Dams Dialogue, Shi Guoqing, Director, National Research Center for Resettlement, Hohai University, China, Stephen Sparkes, Vice President, Statkraft AS, Moderator Tan Sri Rastam Mohd Isa, Chief Minister’s Department, Malaysia, Eduard Wojczynski, Chair, Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA), Datuk Fong Joo Chung, Director, SEB, and Labang Paneh, Indigenous Peoples Representative at Murum, Malaysia

Datuk Fong Joo Chung, Director, SEB

Labang Paneh, Indigenous Peoples Representative at Murum, Malaysia

A view of the room during the session

Eduard Wojczynski, Chair, CHA (center)

Focus Session: Who's Investing in Hydropower?

A view of the dais during the session: Colin Clark, Chief Technology Officer, Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, Israel Phiri, Hydropower Consultant, Zambia, Waqar Ahmed Khan, CEO, Star Hydro Power Limited, and Kieron Stopforth, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Judith Plummer, University of Cambridge
Waqar Ahmed Khan, CEO, Star Hydro Power Limited
Plenary Session: Informing Decision Making: Emerging Roles for the Protocol

A view of the dais during the session: Donal O’Leary, Transparency International (TI), Jian-hua Meng, WWF, Bernt Rydgren, ÅF Consult, Kate Lazarus, IFC, and Philipp Hauser, GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America

Donal O’Leary, Transparency International, Jian-hua Meng, WWF, and Bernt Rydgren, ÅF Consult
Philipp Hauser, GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America
Moderator David Harrison, The Nature Conservancy
Kate Lazarus, IFC, describes key messages from IFC's application of the Protocol.
Side Events

Side event on operationalizing multipurpose hydropower: Tormod Schei, Statkraft AS

Tran Trung Tuyen, Power Generation Corporation 2, presenting during a briefing on resettlement: Case study of Song Bung 4 (Vietnam)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

 

The opening session of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress convened on Wednesday, 22 May, in Kuching, Malaysia. Participants engaged in two plenary sessions, a high-level panel discussing directions for hydropower and a session on water and energy policies. Two parallel focus sessions took place, one on regional interconnections, and another on addressing the question of whether sustainability is constraining economic development. A special lecture during lunch discussed Sarawak’s Murum Project undertaken by the Sarawak Energy Berhard, and which when constructed will have a capacity of 944 megawatts. Side events in the afternoon were held in parallel to a meeting of Sustainability Partners, and covered: greenhouse gas (GHG) and freshwater reservoirs; net GHG emissions; and introduction to the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. In the evening a reception took place at the Old Courthouse in Kuching.

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High-Level Panel: Directions for Hydropower

A view of the dais during the opening high-level panel on directions for hydropower (L-R):

Richard Taylor, Executive Director, IHA
Yan Zhiyong, Yan Zhiyong, Vice President, China Society for Hydropower Engineering (CSHE)

A view of the room during the remarks of IHA President Refaat Abdel-Malek

Jean-Michel Devernay, World Bank
Arthur Mynett, UNESCO-IHE

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani, State Secretary, Sarawak, Malaysia

Torstein Sjøtveit, CEO, Sarawark Energy Berhad (SEB)

Peter Kallang, SAVE Rivers
Delegates during the morning session
Focus Session: Is sustainability constraining economic development?

A view of the dais during the session: Emmanuel Boulet, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Joerg Hartment, Independent Consultant, Viraphonh Viravong, Vice-Minister of Mines and Energy, Lao PDR, Cecelia Tortajada, President, Third World Centre for Water Management,
Arun Sen, CEO, Lanco International, and Eugenio Barrios, WWF Mexico

Moderator John Dore, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)

Emmanuel Boulet, IDB
Focus Session: Regional interconnections: making it work and maximizing value

Moderator Raghuveer Sharma, CIO, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Anthony Jude, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Jean-Michel Devern, World Bank, and Tracy Lane, IHA

Plenary Session: Water and Energy Policies

A view of the dais during the plenary session

Yamfwa Mukanga, Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Zambia
Moderator Simon D’Ujanga, Minister for Energy, Uganda
Miscellaneous Photos
Side event introducing the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol: Doug Smith, IHA
Side event on greenhouse gas and freshwater resources: Tracy Lane, IHA, and Chen Shiun, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB)

Action outside the conference center

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

 

On Monday, 20 May 2013, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) began convening preliminary events in Kuching, Malaysia, leading up the opening of the IHA World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower. Throughout the day a workshop convened on Hydropower and Regional Development, organized by the IHA, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.

On Tuesday, 21 May 2013, the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council held their general meeting and the IHA Consultative Council also convened. Many participants participated in a networking tour, which took place at Sarawak Cultural Village. In the evening the Congress Offical Opening, hosted by the Government of Sarawak, took place at the Dewan Undangan Negeri, the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly.

* Web coverage for Tuesday, 21 May 2013

 

State Dinner: Official Opening of the IHA World Congress 2013

IHA President Refaat Abdel-Malek (left) and Chief Minister of Sarawak Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud (center)

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
Networking Tour at Sarawak Cultural Village
Delegates receive passports to get stamped at the different longhouses in Sarawak Cultural Village
Traditional drummers welcome delegates to Sarawak Cultural Village
Delegates cross a traditional bamboo bridge at Sarawak Cultural Village.
Yongping Ai and Zhang Jiawei, Harbin Electric Machinery Company Ltd., China, on the networking tour.
A tour guide explains the symbolic meaning of Iban textiles.
A tour guide explains elements of Iban culture.

Katai Kachasa, Lunsenfwa Hydropower, Zambia, sits in front of the tree of life painting at the Orang Ulu longhouse.

Rare pitcher plants were a highlight of the jungle trek.
A guide explains the structure and habitat of carnivorous pitcher plants.
Participants learn a traditional dance at Sarawak Cultural Village.
Other participants learned traditional beading methods.
The Orang Ulu longhouse
A view of the Sarawak Cultural Village

 

Exhibition Photos

 

 

Hydro Tasmania exhibit

 

 

Sarawak Energy Berhad booth

 
 
 
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