The State of Hydropower Projects Today: Lessons from the Past for the Course Ahead

Hosted by the Displacement Research and Action Network the Workshop will bring together academics, international NGO and community group representatives as well as representatives of international institutions such as World Bank to discuss the State of Hydropower Projects Today.

Recent years have seen an upsurge of focus on and investment in large dam building for hydropower generation. However, issues related to the economic, social, and environmental consequences arising from large dams remain largely on the periphery. One of the consequences of this marginalization is the controversial and stagnant state of the basic framework of hydropower development. In 2000, the World Commission on Dams (WCD) launched a new framework for dam construction with safeguards based on the 'rights-and-risk approach'. These safeguard policies have had little to mixed effects on the implementation of large dam projects. Thus, there is an urgent need to create a platform where issues concerning the economic, environmental and social aspects of large dam projects are brought to the surface and discussed.

This workshop will bring together academics, NGOs, international organizations, experts and researchers to discuss a variety of issues including access to energy for all, benefit sharing, and mitigating social and environmental consequences of dam building.