Thursday, May 23

IHA 2013 World Congress to highlight hydropower issues


KUCHING: The International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower to be held for the first time in Asia today is slated to provide a forum for global hydropower players to discuss issues in the industry.

The Congress, which is being held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching from today until Friday, is the fourth in a series of landmark hydro related international events.

It will be graced by over 500 delegates from over 60 countries including the Laos’ Vice Minister of Mines and Energy, ViraphonhViravong, Zambia’s Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Yamfwa Mukanga and Norway’s Deputy Director in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Oivind Johansen.

IHA communication manager Greg Tracz in a briefing to the media noted that, “Decision-makers and representatives from industries, societies, international organisations and the financial sector will exchange views on issues such as the energy, water and climate change challenges and the solutions that hydropower can provide for sustainable development.”

He said that issues that will be discussed include energy policy, water policy, climate change, sustainability, hydropower development and financing models.

IHA is a non profit organisation that works to build and share knowledge on the role of hydropower in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions.

The conference has grown beyond industry players to include representatives from governments, non-government organisations, international financial institutions, communities, academia and so on.