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Redistribution of revenues from hydropower dams - Review of benefit-sharing mechanisms and local control

Building of large dams is increasing rapidly after a lull in construction at the end of the last century. Global drivers of this growth include demand for low carbon energy and structural reform of energy markets and this report analyses these processes in more depth. It assesses the compulsory, donor driven and voluntary frameworks for ensuring sustainable environmental and social outcomes from large hydropower dams, their application to individual projects and makes recommendations to improve results on the ground.

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  • IIED code: G03770
  • Published: Mar 2014 - IIED
  • Theme: Water
  • Language: English

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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.

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Global Water Initiative — West Africa