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Viewpoint - Better Management of Hydropower in an Era of Climate Change

Pittock, James

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Ten years ago the World Commission on Dams (WCD) report established new standards for the sustainable development of water infrastructure, but the hopes many of us had then for a new era of more thoughtful development have been attenuated by the resilience of the hydraulic bureaucracy and the emergence of new influences on the hydropower debate. Particularly important is the impact of climate change as a driver of government policies in favour of hydropower, water storage and inter-basin water...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorPittock, James
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:59:17Z
dc.identifier.issn1965-0175
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/61014
dc.description.abstractTen years ago the World Commission on Dams (WCD) report established new standards for the sustainable development of water infrastructure, but the hopes many of us had then for a new era of more thoughtful development have been attenuated by the resilience of the hydraulic bureaucracy and the emergence of new influences on the hydropower debate. Particularly important is the impact of climate change as a driver of government policies in favour of hydropower, water storage and inter-basin water transfers. As a former Director of Freshwater for WWF International and now as a researcher on the water-energy nexus, I spent much of the past decade seeking to influence the direction of water infrastructure development, and in this viewpoint I have been asked to reflect on the changes that have occurred, and the opportunities in an era of climate change to reduce the environmental and social impacts of hydropower development while maximising the benefits. Better outcomes are more likely with a renewed focus on limiting the perverse impacts of climate change policies, implementing standards for certification of more sustainable hydropower, building capacities within developing countries, and enhancing management of existing dams.
dc.publisherWater Alternatives Association
dc.rightshttp://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php/submission..." this Journal is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License which permits any non commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited." from the publisher site (as at 13/10/17).
dc.sourceWater Alternatives
dc.subjectKeywords: basin management; biodiversity; bureaucracy; climate change; dam; developing world; hydroelectric power; social impact; standard (reference); sustainable development; water storage Biodiversity; Climate change; Dams; Hydropower; Standards
dc.titleViewpoint - Better Management of Hydropower in an Era of Climate Change
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume3
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor050205 - Environmental Management
local.identifier.absfor090608 - Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
local.identifier.absfor160507 - Environment Policy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4279067xPUB580
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationPittock, James, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage444
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage452
local.identifier.absseo850503 - Hydro-Electric Energy
local.identifier.absseo960399 - Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absseo960506 - Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:52:04Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77956638429
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
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