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IHA World Congress 2009

23-26 June 2009 | Reykjavik, Iceland

Richard Taylor, Executive Director, IHA (second from left), gets a standing ovation from Congress participants.

Highlights from Friday, 26 June

On Friday, 26 June, participants met for the final day of the 2009 IHA Congress. In the morning, participants attended a panel-led discussion on sustainability standards, followed by a panel on renewable energy sustainability initiatives. In the afternoon, participants attended a session on the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum, a cross-sectoral collaboration of representatives from developed and developing country governments, social and environmental NGOs, commercial and development banks, and the hydropower sector." The meeting concluded with a summary of outcomes of the Congress, and the General Meeting of the International Hydropower Association. In the evening, participants attended a closing banquet at the Pearl Restaurant, sponsored by Alstom.

 
Sustainability Standards
 
 

Facilitator Stephanie Meyer, Stratos Inc. (left photo) Right photo: Chris McDonell, Tembec, Canada, addresses the congress.

 
 
Participants during the morning session.
 
 
Left to right: Chris McDonell, Tembec, Marion Karmann, Forest Stewardship Council, Wenche Grønbekk, DNV Cleaner Energy and Utilities, and Werner Schmied, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG (OeKB).
 
 
 

Joerg Hartmann, WWF (left photo) and a question during the discussion session (right photo).

 
 
Renewable Energy Sustainability Initiatives
 
 
Facilitator Andrew Catchpole, IHA Board Member (left photo). Gudni Axelsson, Iceland GeoSurvey, Monica Oliphant, International Solar Society, and view of the dais during the session on investment and financing models.
 
 
Left to right: Khempheng Pholsena, Minister, Water Resources and Environment Administration, Laos, Gudni Jóhannesson, Icelandic National Energy Authority, Nadine McCormick, IUCN, and Gudni Axelsson.
 
 
A view of the room during the panel discussion.
 
 
Minister Khempheng Pholsena addresses the conference.
 
Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum
 
 

Facilitator Helen Locher, Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum Coordinator, IHA, David Harrison, Nature Conservancy, and Kirsten Nyman, GTZ

 
 
Facilitator Locher explains the assessment process.
 
 
 
A participant questions panelists (left) and Michael Simon during his presentation (right photo).
 
 
Congress participants (left) and a view of the panel (right).
 
 
 
Andrew Scanlon, Hydro Tasmania, and Israel Phiri, Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Zambia (left photo).
 
Closing Session and IHA General Meeting
 
 
Jean-Michel Devernay, Vice-President, IHA, Roger Gill, Vice-President, IHA, Terry Moss, Vice-President, IHA, and Michael Fink, Programme Director, IHA.
 
   
Lau Saili, Policy Analyst, IHA, a chart of the IHA Central Office, and Michael Fink, Programme Director, IHA.
 
 
IHA President Refaat Abdel-Malek thanks Bjarni Bjarnason, Landsvirkjun, Iceland (left photo).
 
 
Richard Taylor, Executive Director, IHA, and Rafaat Abdel-Malek, President, IHA.
 
Closing Dinner
 
 
Ólafur Grímsson, President of Iceland, addressed the closing dinner.
 
 
 
Around the Conference
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Related Links
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