New IHA how-to guide covers resettlement during hydropower development

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A new How-to Guide on Hydropower Resettlement, published by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), supports hydropower project developers to identify, manage and avoid risks associated while delivering a resettlement program.

Resettlement during the development of hydropower projects must respect the dignity and human rights of those affected, IHA said. This requires the project developer and local authorities to negotiate with affected communities, with the goal of achieving a resettlement agreement that benefits all parties.

The success of any new hydropower project is inextricably linked with the success of any resettlement program. By meeting good practice for resettlement, hydropower developers will be taking a significant step to ensure the sustainability of their project.

The how-to guide aims to help companies design and implement resettlement schemes based on international good practice as defined in the Hydropower Sustainability Tools.

The guide maps out the key steps for resettlement at each stage of the project development cycle. It explores the main themes and concerns related to resettlement caused by hydropower development and provides insights for the parties responsible.

“This guide offers a clear and transparent approach to resettlement planning and implementation,” said Eddie Rich, chief executive of IHA. “By following the measures and strategies presented, hydropower developers can provide clean and reliable energy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Helen Locher, an independent consultant, accredited sustainability assessor and the author of the guide, added, “Resettlement involves so much more than building replacement housing and moving people. This guide highlights the many dimensions and complexities involved, and should help inform decision-making, planning and management regarding resettlement in hydropower projects.”

Download the how-to guide here.

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