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December 2013

Earlier in 2013, we held a regional development workshop in Malaysia that brought together stakeholders from around the world to discuss key issues surrounding regional development. A report on the outcomes is now available for download

The workshop focused on how to manage trans-national river basins, how to encourage energy-intensive industries to locate close to hydro resources, and planning interconnections.

We are planning a further regional workshop in 2014 to continue to develop good practice in this area. 

Click here to download the report.

The Blanda hydropower project in Iceland has achieved an outstanding score in its application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

Blanda is a 150MW hydroelectric power plant in north-west Iceland. It is owned and operated by Landsvirkjun and was commissioned in 1991.

The project achieved the maximum possible score in 14 of the 17 topics assessed by the Protocol, and exceeded basic good practice on the three remaining topics.

The assessment was carried out between August and October 2013, with a visit to the project site including interviews with stakeholders conducted in September.

You can see Blanda’s sustainability profile and download the full official assessment on the Protocol website.

About the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is an enhanced sustainability assessment tool used to measure and guide performance in the hydropower sector.

The protocol assesses the four main stages of hydropower development: Early Stage, Preparation, Implementation and Operation. Assessments rely on objective evidence to create a sustainability profile against some 20 topics depending on the relevant stage, covering all aspects of sustainability.

More information about the protocol.