IHA releases guidance on hydropower development in Protected Areas
良好的实践 guide for Protected Areas will help companies meet duty of care commitment
In collaboration with conservation groups and the hydropower industry, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) has published guidance for hydropower planners to design and implement projects that carefully co-exist with and support protected conservation areas.
的 good practice guide was developed following consultations with a multi-stakeholder Working Group on Protected Areas, which included the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 的 Nature Conservancy (TNC), the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, hydropower developers and operators such as EDF, Renewable 能源 Holdings, 冰, 以及IHA.
的 publication of the guide comes after IHA, representing around 100 public and privately owned developers, operators and manufacturers, 本月早些时候 announced new safeguards for hydropower development in Protected Areas, including a no-go commitment on World Heritage Sites.
‘Finding common ground on Protected Areas’
Under IHA’s new duty of care commitment for Protected Areas, the association’s members must implement high standards of performance and transparency when affecting Protected Areas, as well as candidate Protected Areas and corridors between Protected Areas. This should be demonstrated through a systematic application of the Hydropower 可持续性 工具 or certification against the newly launched Hydropower 可持续性 Standard.
的 new guide will help IHA’s members, non-members and wider stakeholders to understand and deliver the duty of care commitment. This covers how best to avoid, 最小化, mitigate or compensate for potential impacts surrounding Protected Areas during a project’s life cycle, from design to development and operation.
Joerg哈特曼, author of the guide and an Accredited Lead Assessor for the Hydropower 可持续性 工具 said: “In our work as environmental and social consultants, we often see unnecessary conflicts between hydropower and Protected Areas - conflicts that could easily be avoided with better awareness in project siting and design, and even turned into positive relationships. For example, Protected Areas can protect the watersheds that hydropower depends on. Hopefully, this guide will help developers and managers of Protected Areas find more common ground.”
的 Hydropower 可持续性 Standard, through which companies can certify their projects, was launched at the World Hydropower Congress on 8 September 2021. It will help ensure that developments across the world are recognised for their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.
的 IHA Good Practice Guide on Hydropower and Protected Areas will be launched at the World Hydropower Congress on 21 September 2021 at 16:00 GMT +1 and will be available on-demand to registrants. 的 multistakeholder working group will present the findings of the guide, as well as offer recommendations on achieving sustainable outcomes with hydropower and protected areas.