Evolution of Dam Policies: Evidence from the Big Hydropower by Waltina Scheumann, Oliver Hensengerth

By Waltina Scheumann, Oliver Hensengerth

The global fee on Dams (WCD) file (2000) “Dams and improvement: a brand new Framework for Decision-Making” set a landmark within the ongoing controversy over huge dams. Now that greater than ten years have handed, one has to gain that the WCD norms topic. in spite of the fact that, their genuine likelihood of changing into applied depends upon no matter if their center values, strategic priorities and instructions are accredited via nationwide decision-makers and are translated into reliable guidelines and practices. The book’s significant challenge is whether or not the massive hydropower states have superior their criteria for atmosphere and resettlement, and even if foreign criteria are utilized or exist simply on paper.

The introductory and synthesis chapters current the methodological strategy and speak about the findings. different chapters research adjustments in dam guidelines within the significant hydropower states Brazil, China, India and Turkey; the function of non-governmental companies in advocating opposed to the Turkish Ilisu Dam undertaking at the Tigris River; the thoughts of foreign Rivers and international natural world Fund for Nature within the worldwide hydropower video game; the guidelines of the German executive and its positioning within the dam debate, and the engagement of chinese language actors in development the Bui Dam (Ghana) and the Kamchay Dam (Cambodia).

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As a consequence, since March 200417 the electricity policy has changed substantially,18 primarily to attract the investment needed to guarantee the 15 The most important institutional innovations under the RESEB Project were the creation of the National Council for Energy Policy, with responsibility for proposing national energy policies, of the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency as an independent regulatory entity, of the National Power System Operator, with responsibility for controlling power generation and transmission activities in the interconnected electricity system through a tight pool dispatch system, and of the Wholesale Electric Energy Market, responsible for undertaking all electricity purchase and sale transactions and for promoting the accounting of agents’ transactions in the multilateral short-term market under market rules.

On the other hand, although Congress members may share environmental concerns, they may also welcome projects that have the potential to attract new investment to their regions. Hydropower plants are under a constitutional obligation to pay financial compensation. 1 % of Brazil’s gross domestic product in that year. The interest of the legislative branch in these projects must not therefore be overlooked, even if the resources are in fact managed by the executive branches at each level of the federation.

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