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Large-scale dams

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  • Cranes tower over the construction of a dam, with a body of water in the foreground

    Chinese hydropower starting to adopt social and environmental safeguarding norms, but with limitations

    China has a leading role in building large hydropower dams in developing nations, partly in the name of sustainable development. New research examines Chinese investments in the least developed countries – the practices of hydropower companies and their financiers, and what drives social and environmental safeguarding practices

    17 March 2022 | News | Biodiversity
  • Dam filling up a half empty reservoir

    New archive restores knowledge produced by the World Commission on Dams

    An archive has been launched containing more than 200 documents produced by the World Commission on Dams, whose work culminated in a series of recommendations for best practices in dam planning, construction, operation and decommissioning.

    21 December 2021 | News | Communication
  • View of a river

    IIED calls on climate funds to help reframe hydropower

    Two new papers have been published by IIED calling on international climate funds to incentivise sustainable hydropower projects that support the switch to renewable energy

    3 February 2020 | News | Climate change
  • A dam


    Thousands of large dams are currently planned or under construction around the world. How can we ensure we maximise their benefits while minimising the negative impacts?

    9 January 2020 | Project | Natural resource management
  • One man in a small boat on a reservoir, in front of a large dam

    Resettlement from large dams – what have we learned?

    Millions of people are displaced by large dams around the world. How can researchers help safeguard against the long-term trauma of resettlement?

    30 October 2019 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Kaleta Dam under construction in Guinea (Photo: Jamie Skinner/IIED)

    Who should carry the financial risks in large private sector financed hydropower projects?

    New research will examine the risks of funding hydropower and how these risks can be addressed to break down the financing barriers

    17 December 2018 | Blog | Economics
  • Guinea's Kaleta dam was completed by a Chinese company in 2015, ending chronic power shortages in the capital city, Conakry (Photo: Jamie Skinner/IIED)

    How a new ECOWAS directive could change the way dams are built and managed in West Africa

    Is there such a thing as a good dam-building project? Jérôme Koundouno shares his view on why he thinks a ground-breaking new policy directive could achieve its goal – where large dams power national development while respecting the environment and bringing benefits to all

    8 August 2017 | Blog | Water
  • An excerpt from an animation on how governments and communities affected by large dams can both benefit (Image: IIED/Hands Up)

    Deals that keep large dam building fair

    The Global Water Initiative (GWI) West Africa has released a new animation explaining how agreements between government and affected communities can be put in place to ensure large dams bring benefits to all

    13 July 2017 | News | Water
  • An image from new animation Securing the land rights of people affected by dams in West Africa (Image: Hands Up/IIED)

    GWI animation: how to secure land rights of people affected by dams

    The Global Water Initiative (GWI) West Africa has released a new animation explaining how policymakers can work with local communities to protect the rights of people affected by large dams in West Africa

    9 February 2017 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Construction of a dam and hydropower plant on the Konkouré River at Kaléta in Guinea. The new plant came on line in September 2015 (Photo: Jamie Skinner/IIED)

    Should the Green Climate Fund flow to hydropower? 

    Jamie Skinner discusses whether tightening up standards to minimise social and environmental risks could shift the debate on hydropower

    31 October 2016 | Blog | Climate change
  • A woman farmer

    Women pay heavier price for big dams

    On International Women's Day, we look at how relocating to make way for big dams in West Africa has particular impacts on women

    8 March 2016 | Blog | Gender
  • Delegates at the 4th Session of the Ministerial Monitoring Committee of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in West Africa (Photo: GWI West Africa)

    ECOWAS water ministers agree to build fairer dams

    The Economic Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) has approved a proposal for a directive designed to ensure future water infrastructure projects respect the environment and benefit all

    16 December 2015 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Women smallholders replanting rice in the irrigated area around the Bagré dam in Burkina Faso (Photo: Barbara Adolph/IIED)

    Water and land rights – hand-in-hand for sustainable development

    The recent Stockholm World Water Week provided plenty of opportunities to explore the links between water and land rights, and the importance of these rights for ensuring sustainable development at both local and national level

    25 September 2015 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • GWI West Africa at World Water Week 2015 (Photo: Lucile Robinson/GWI)

    Towards socially just and economically viable dams in West Africa: World Water Week 2015

    The annual World Water Week in Stockholm focuses on a wide range of issues relating to water across the globe. This year's theme was 'Water for development'. GWI West Africa held a side event at World Water Week 2015, titled 'Towards socially just and economically viable dams in West Africa'. The event was designed to share some of the lessons learnt from our work in West Africa and exchange experiences with others from across the globe

    22 September 2015 | Event | Water
  • A farmer on his motorbike on the bank between irrigated fields. In the background, pylons carry hydroelectric power from the Sélingué dam (Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI)

    For smallholders and dams, one size doesn't fit all

    Photos taken for the Global Water Initiative in West Africa in villages around the Sélingué dam in Mali show that when it comes to the irrigation schemes surrounding large dams, there is no 'standard' example of a family farmer

    6 August 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Family farmers growing rice on their plot of land in the irrigated perimeter of Sélingué dam in Mali (Photo: Mike Goldwater/GWI West Africa)

    IIED at World Water Week 2015

    IIED and IUCN were at this year's World Water Week in Stockholm from 23-28 August, 2015, and held an event on 'Towards socially just and economically viable dams in West Africa'

    29 July 2015 | Event | Water
  • Consultation of local communities affected by the Kandadji dam about long-term leases to secure land tenure (Photo: GWI West Africa)

    From traditional land rights to long-term leases: fair compensation?

    In the face of displacement due to large-scale development projects, can innovative legal solutions be used to protect smallholders' land rights?

    2 June 2015 | Blog | Water
  • Women walking along Sélingué dam in Mali, June 2014 (Photo: Lucile Robinson/GWI West Africa)

    ECOWAS encourages states to learn from returns on investment of large dams in West Africa

    Government representatives and economists from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are meeting in Burkina Faso to review the economic impacts of large dams

    25 March 2015 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A GWI consultation with local communities in Kankan, eastern Guinea, in July 2014 looked at how to secure agricultural land tenure for those affected by the proposed Fomi dam (Photo: GWI West Africa)

    Fomi dam: catalysing land tenure reform in Guinea

    A high-level meeting in Guinea on 4-5 March will discuss reforms governing land expropriation and compensation for smallholder farmers displaced by large public interest infrastructure projects

    3 March 2015 | News | Governance
  • The GWI website (Photo: IIED)

    New website focuses on dams and family farming in West Africa

    A website has been launched that focuses on large dams, irrigated agriculture, land tenure and family farming in West Africa:

    15 January 2015 | News | Natural resource management
  • Manantali dam in Mali (Photo: OMVS/SOGEM via Google license)

    Dams in Africa: Combining national and local development

    The economics and distribution of development benefits of large dams continue to be a source of controversy. Every dam is different, and efforts to generalise from a few (often well known, but sometimes exceptional) examples continue to cause challenges in reaching common ground on the past development contribution of the 50,000 dams worldwide today and the need for more

    9 December 2014 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Young man collecting water from a pool with camels in background. Kindjandji, Niger.

    GWI West Africa: project background

    Agriculture in large-scale rice irrigation schemes needs to be made to work for both the state, in terms of economic returns and national food security, and for the smallholders whose livelihoods depend on it. When it comes to the development of new dams and large-scale irrigation, more information is needed about their economic viability and how the water, land, and economic benefits can be shared equitably to support local development

    1 November 2014 | Project | Water
  • People from Kandadji village, which is due to be flooded, meet to discuss resettlement plans (Photo: Jamie Skinner)

    Niger hosts forum on securing land rights in irrigated areas

    On 7-8 May, in the town of Konni, Niger's Minister of Agriculture will chair a national forum on legal protection of land tenure in irrigated areas. The forum will be attended by representatives from government, regional and local authorities, local groups, the private sector and civil society

    7 May 2014 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Women washing laundry at Sélingué dam, Mali, the second largest provider of energy for the country (Photo: Alioune Ba/Global Water Initiative)

    Three big financial shifts put spotlight on social and environmental impacts of large dams — again

    With three big shifts in flows of finance rendering recent efforts to limit the environmental and social impacts of large dams marginal, backers of new dams are being urged to ensure safeguards are in place

    6 May 2014 | News | Natural resource management
  • Sélingué dam in Mali (Photo: Moustapha Diallo)

    Doing dams differently can mean development for all

    Should development be just for the majority or is it possible to ensure development for all?

    30 August 2013 | Blog | Water
  • Woman collects water for irrigation in Selingue, Mali. Photo: Khanh Tran-Thanh

    Ensuring water is equitably allocated and governed

    IIED helped bring about fairer and more sustainable water governance to ensure poor and vulnerable communities didn't miss out

    5 August 2013 | Project | Water
  • People from Kandadji village, which is due to be flooded, meet to discuss resettlement plans.

    Niger: Tough questions posed by the Kandadji dam development

    A new dam in Niger could generate electricity, create thousands of hectares of irrigated land and guarantee water for domestic use and fisheries. But making sure the dam benefits everyone is a complicated business.

    19 April 2013 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Five ways to bring benefits from large dams to local communities

    A study into how large dams in West Africa have affected local people has identified ways to share the benefits of future dams more equitably and create development opportunities for communities.

    23 November 2011 | News | Natural resource management
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