2017 World Hydropower Congress

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Date(s) - 09/05/2017 - 11/05/2017
12:00 am

On 9–11 May 2017, the International Hydropower Association will host the 2017 World Hydropower Congress for the first time in Africa.

Organised with the support of the African Union Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, this high-level event will chart the course for hydropower development and operation over the next decade.

The congress will take place following a strong global commitment to improve access to electricity, water and more generally development opportunities in a climate constrained world. The UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement will provide a powerful backdrop to the discussions.

A key message from today’s multi-stakeholder hydropower community is the call for an even stronger emphasis on environmental and social aspects in the planning stages. If this is done with the right level of expertise, strategically planned hydropower can deliver major benefits, both locally and regionally. The challenge is to integrate past experience and new thinking, and then align policies and finance to incentivise the best types of project in the best locations.

With the above in mind, the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will bring together leaders and specialists to shape hydropower’s contribution to future energy and water systems. How to do ‘better hydro’ in a changing world will be a central theme.

Building on the outcomes of the 2015 event in Beijing, the 2017 World Hydropower Congress will explore a diversity of perspectives and will examine how initiatives of governments, businesses, finance, civil society and academia can advance sustainable development.

Find out more at www.hydropower.org/congress.

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