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IHA Young Researcher Award goes to rising stars from ETH Zurich and Wuhan University

The 2019 IHA Young Researcher Award has been jointly awarded to two rising stars from universities in Switzerland and China, at an awards ceremony at the World Hydropower Congress in Paris.

Martina Botter, a PhD student at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and Weijia Yang, a Research Associate Professor at Wuhan University, were recognised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) for their research studies.

Costa Rica’s Reventazón hydropower plant awarded IHA Blue Planet Prize 

The 2019 IHA Blue Planet Prize, which recognises excellence in sustainable hydropower development, has been awarded to the Reventazón Hydropower Plant in Costa Rica.

Reventazón is the largest hydropower project in Central America with 305.5 megawatts of installed capacity. Since it came into operation in 2016, the project has led Costa Rica to achieve a target of generating 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. 

Delegates share perspectives at 2019 World Hydropower Congress

The 2019 World Hydropower Congress opened in Paris on Tuesday with delegates sharing perspectives on the role of hydropower in helping countries achieve national priorities and bringing social, economic and environmental benefits to communities.

In his speech at the opening plenary, IHA President Ken Adams welcomed the 750 participants and partners from more than 70 countries that are taking part in this year’s event, which is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).

Sharing hydropower's benefits with local communities

Benefit sharing considers the fair and equitable distribution of the costs and benefits of a hydropower project, writes Eduard Wojczynski, consultant at Manitoba Hydro International.

Hydropower project developers and operators are enhancing the sustainability of their projects and reducing project risks by improving the livelihood and quality of life for affected people compared to their pre-project situation.

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