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Routing revenue from hydropower dams to deliver local development

Jamie Skinner

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In too many cases, people displaced or adversely affected by hydropower dams still see many of the benefits accrued from energy delivered to distant cities or neighbouring countries. Even if they are compensated for their initial livelihood or cultural losses, hardship and bitterness in relocated communities may last the lifetime of the dam, spanning multiple decades and generations. Dam projects usually aim to meet national development goals, but that does not mean they have to settle for development inequity at a local level. Countries across the world are already redistributing revenue from electricity sales, ensuring local communities benefit directly
from hydropower throughout the life of a project. With the current wave of large dams under construction, it is time for such benefit-sharing initiatives to become widespread.

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