Hydropower Guidelines

The World Commission on Dams (WCD)
The WCD was an independent, international, multi-stakeholder process which addressed the controversial issues associated with large dams. After more than two years of extensive research, the commission released the full report Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision Making in several languages. To read just the Guidelines and Criteria section of the report, click here .To read the Briefing Kit on the WCD's Recommendations in Action, click here


The International Hydropower Association (IHA)
Formed under the auspices of UNESCO in 1995 as a forum to promote and disseminate good practice and further knowledge about hydropower, the IHA has members in more than 80 countries. It is a non-governmental, mutual association of organisations and individuals with membership open to all those involved in hydropower. Sinohydro is the only Chinese member of the IHA.

The IHA has produced Sustainability Guidelines to provide hydropower developers and operators with a framework for good practice in accordance to the values of equity, efficiency, participatory decision-making, sustainability and accountability. To read: English | Chinese

The IHA also has a Sustainability Assessment Protocol. To read: English

Policies Guiding Chinese Dam Building
Information about Chinese law governing domestic dam building, Chinese policies on overseas dams, and international guidelines that can be applied to Chinese overseas dam projects, can be found in the guide The New Great Walls: A Guide to China’s Overseas Dam Industry.

Voices of the Dammed

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