On the 8th and 9th of December, the Bolivian Environment Ministry, together with WWF-Bolivia will host a two day workshop in La Paz to promote the update of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) in Latin America.
In June 2011, the International Hydropower Association and its members, formally launched HSAP which provides a method for assessing dams in all phases, from development to operation. WWF had a major role in the development of the protocol which sets out a comprehensive set of economic, social and environmental criteria against which any hydropower project should be assessed. World Bank and major international NGOs such as IIED, TNC and WWF support the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) and to date over 140 companies have endorsed the Protocol including Odebrecht, one of the regions biggest construction companies, and Eletrobras – Latin America’s largest power utility company. In the Amazon Basin, only Santo Antonio and Jirau dams, located in Brazil,have been assessed via the Protocol and WWF would like to promote greater awareness and uptake of the Protocol.
The two-day programme will be aimed at government officials and technicians, university researchers, investors and NGOs on the use of HSAP as a tool to guide the analysis, implementation and sustainability of hydropower projects. The workshop will be open to delegates across the region.