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

13-17 June 2011 | Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil

Fireworks over the Itaipu Dam. On Thursday, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower held plenary sessions on: assessing sustainability performance, diverging views on social issues and sharing water for development. A press conference was held to launch the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, and a session was held on how to use the Protocol. Parallel sessions also addressed downstream flow regimes and hydropower in the 21st century. In the evening, participants were invited to a light and sound show at Itaipu Dam.

The main discussions held through the day concerned the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, an instrument that is the fruit of a three-year revision process engaging both the industry and NGOs. Participants highlighted the importance of testing the Protocol on the ground and promoting its widespread use among IHA members and other stakeholders. They emphasized that it does not constitute a standard, and recognized that as a scoring tool, it reduces complex social issues to numbers. However, the value of the Protocol as an instrument was highlighted, not just to assess sustainability per se, but to provide a common language for dialogue among all actors in the process, including affected communities, and act as a bridge between different world views.

Speakers emphasized that the Protocol should be seen as strengthening and including, not displacing, the recommendations from the World Commission on Dams.

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Thematic Sessions
Sustainability performance dais

Panelists in the session on assessing sustainability performance.

Albert Geber de Melo, Electric Power Research Centre
Albert Geber de Melo, Electric Power Research Centre, Brazil.
Israel Phiri, Zambia
Israel Phiri, Ministry of Energy and Water Development, Zambia.
David Harrison, The Nature Conservancy
David Harrison, The Nature Conservancy.
Takafumi Kadono, Asian Development Bank
Takafumi Kadono, Asian Development Bank.
Torstein Sjotveit, Sarawak Energy
Torstein Sjotveit, Sarawak Energy Bhd, Malaysia.
Heloisa Covolan, Itaipu Binacional
Heloisa Covolan, Itaipu Binacional.
Social issues dais

Panelists in the session on diverging views on social issues.

Michael Lawrenchuk, Fox Lake Cree Nation
Michael Lawrenchuk, Fox Lake Cree Nation.
Helen Locher, Hydro Tasmania
Helen Locher, Hydro Tasmania.
Shi Guoqing, International Network on Displacement and Resettlement
Shi Guoqing, International Network on Displacement and Resettlement, China.
Roberta Leonhardt, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz & Opice
Roberta Leonhardt, Machado, Meyer, Sendacz & Opice.
Inter-American Development Bank
Inter-American Development Bank intervention.
Olivier Salignat, EDF Hydro
Olivier Salignat, EDF Hydro.
Sharing water for development dais

Panelists in the session on sharing water for development.

Jorge Samek, Itaipu Binacional
Jorge Samek, Itaipu Binacional.
Downstream flow regime dais

Panelists in the session on downstream flow regimes, moderated by James Dalton, IUCN.

Gabriel Azevedo, Odebrecht Energia
Gabriel Azevedo, Odebrecht Energia.
Antonio Fonseca dos Santos, Brookfield Energy
Antonio Fonseca dos Santos, Brookfield Energy.
Andrew Scanlon, Hydro Tasmania
Andrew Scanlon, Hydro Tasmania.
Sustainability Assessment Protocol dais

Panelists in the session on using the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

Ricardo Fontenele, Bureau Veritas
Ricardo Fontenele, Bureau Veritas
Y.N. Apparao, Athena Demwe Power
Y.N. Apparao, Athena Demwe Power.
Kuang Shangfu, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
Kuang Shangfu, China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research.
Emerging markets dais

Panelists in the session on emerging markets.

Protocol Launch / Press Conference
Launch press conference

A press conference was held for the launch of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

Itaipu Dam - Light and Sound Show
The Itaipu Choir
The Itaipu Choir.
Illuminated Itaipu Dam
Itaipu Dam, illuminated at night.
Antonio Cardoso, formerly of Itaipu Binacional, and IHA President Refaat Abdel-Malek
Antonio Cardoso, formerly of Itaipu Binacional, and IHA President Refaat Abdel-Malek.
Fireworks over the Itaipu Dam
Fireworks over the Itaipu Dam.
Fireworks over the Itaipu Dam
Fireworks over the Itaipu Dam.
Around the Congress
Sinohydro booth
The Sinohydro booth in the exhibition.
Itaipu Binacional booth
The Itaipu Binacional booth in the exhibition.
Related Links
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*Official website
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*First Global Workshop on Regional Cooperation for Hydropower Development
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*UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - Water website
*World Water Council website
*Hydro Sustainability website

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