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International Hydropower Association (IHA) 2011
World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower

13-17 June 2011 | Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Iguaçu Falls The International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) World Congress opened on Tuesday, 14 June 2011, with a networking tour providing participants with a chance to take in the highlights of Foz do Iguaçu, and meet each other before the start of the Congress’ packed schedule of meetings. Participants toured the Itaipu Dam, which is shared by Brazil and Paraguay, donning hard-hats for a guided look at the system that produces over 90 million MWh of power per year for the two countries, making it the world’s largest hydropower installation in terms of generation capacity.

Participants were led through the Bela Vista Ecological Refuge, a local conservation programme, watching a video about its operations, education and research projects, before walking the Refuge’s trails to see indigenous flora and fauna, including jaguars, macaws, marsh deer, and others. The tour culminated with a visit to Iguaçu Falls, where participants braved the spray of the falls for photographs of the 275 waterfalls and cataracts, including Garganta del Diablo.

IHA's Consultative Council convened in the afternoon to discuss ideas for the IHA's work in the next two year and beyond. In the evening, participants attended a welcome reception and dinner.

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Council participants

Participants during IHA's Consultative Council meeting.

Jorge Miguel Samek, Itaipu Binacional
Opening speakers included Jorge Miguel Samek, Itaipu Binacional.
Pads for ideas
Ideas from participants were written on large pads on easels.
Richard Taylor, IHA.
Richard Taylor, IHA.
Joel Goldenfrum, IHA
Joel Goldenfrum, IHA.
Bjørn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Center
Bjørn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Center.
Joan MacNaughton, Alstom Power
Joan MacNaughton, Alstom Power.
Cameron Ironside, IHA
Cameron Ironside, IHA.
Christopher Eaglin, Pegasys
Christopher Eaglin, Pegasys.
Colin Clark, Brookfield Asset Management
Colin Clark, Brookfield Asset Management, Inc.
Refaat Abdel-Malek, IHA
Refaat Abdel-Malek, IHA.
Council members

Consultative Council members after the meeting.

Networking Tour
Itaipu dam panorama

A panoramic view of the Itaipu dam.

Dam tour
Participants toured the inside of the Itaipu dam.
Generator shaft
The shaft of one of Itaipu Dam's 700-megawatt turbine generators.
Generator assembly room
The kilometer-long room at Itaipu dam where new turbines are assembled.
Dam entrance
One of the entrances into the concrete buttress main dam.
Dam control room
A view of the Itaipu Dam control room from above.
Jaguar cub
A jaguar cub at the Bela Vista refuge.
Toucan
A toucan perches in a tree.
Butterfly
A small butterfly feeds on a flower.
Monkeys
Monkeys at the Bela Vista refuge.
Iguaçu Falls
Iguaçu Falls.
Iguaçu Falls
Iguaçu Falls.
Iguaçu Falls
Iguaçu Falls.
Around the Congress
Dam food
Food for participants at Itaipu Dam.
Dam fruit
Fruit for participants at Itaipu Dam.
Dinner participants
Participants at the poolside outdoor dinner.
Dinner aerial view
An aerial view of the poolside outdoor dinner.
Related Links
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*Official website
*Congress programme
*Networking tour
*First Global Workshop on Regional Cooperation for Hydropower Development
*IHA’s Consultative Council
*IHA’s website

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*UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Water website
*World Water Council website
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