At the beginning of July, WWF held a hydropower workshop in Sao Paulo attended by senior staff of the Living Amazon Initiative, WWF-Brazil, WWF-Peru, WWF-Bolivia, WWF-UK and WWF-Netherlands. With one year of the current strategy remaining, this presented a fantastic opportunity to agree priorities for the next twelve months and discuss the future direction for WWF’s hydropower and freshwater work in the Amazon.
With over 250 dams planned in the Amazon, hydropower remains a major threat and all participants agreed it was fundamental that WWF continued to work on the issue. Over the next twelve months the Living Amazon Initiative will prioritise engagement with the governments of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia on sustainable hydropower planning and bring together our hydropower tools and learning into a toolkit which will be open source and available online.
The new Head of the Hydropower Strategy for the Living Amazon, Damian Fleming, said “The workshop was a fantastic opportunity for me to meet with the WWF staff working on hydropower in the region. It is very encouraging to see the success we are already having with this strategy, with strong engagement with governments of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. It is also exciting to hear an expressed desire to pursue new lines of work such as stronger protection of the Amazon’s freshwater habitats as well as expanding our efforts to promote non-hydropower renewables.”