The Identification of Ecologically Sensitive Sub-Basins for Sustainable Development of Hydropower on Tributaries (ISH01)

Introduction

The ISH01 study on the 'Identification of Ecologically Sensitive Sub-Basins for Sustainable Development of Hydropower on Tributaries' aims to contribute to the achievement of the Strategic Priority Number 3 as formulated in the MRC's Basin Development Strategy 2011-2015. The Strategy emphasises ‘the need for evaluation options for development of sustainable hydropower on tributaries, addressing the risks of mainstream hydropower, and assessing alternative energy options to mainstream hydropower’. In this context, the need to move towards sustainable development of hydropower on tributaries is highlighted through 'identifying sub-basins with high ecological value to be protected and those where hydropower can be developed with limited and environmental impacts'.

ISH01 Implementation

Technical approaches have been developed and consulted with the MRC countries (a) to identify Ecologically Sensitive Areas and (b) to provide a framework for sustainable hydropower planning and management in LMB tributaries. Drawing on international, regional and national experience the developed approaches provide a universal, practical and replicable tool developed through three modules and 10 implementation steps.