Sound Planning Processes

Dam Standards: A Rights-Based Approach

Thursday, February 13, 2014
When large dams are built, increasingly, companies, banks, and governments commit to follow internationally-recognized standards for such projects. Some of these standards are voluntary, and sometimes the financing or support for a dam project is conditional upon complying with them. But what exactly are dam standards, who makes them, and how can civil society use them? "Dam Standards: A Rights-Based Approach" attempts to summarize the strongest social and environmental standards related to each stage of a dam's project cycle: from strategic planning, to project analysis, to implementation, op

An Introduction to Integrated Resources Planning

Monday, November 11, 2013
Integrated Resources Planning (IRP) is a public process in which planners work together with other interested parties to identify and prepare energy options that serve the highest possible public good. In the process, they establish scope, investigate options, prepare and evaluate integrated plans, select preferred plans, and establish mechanisms to monitor, evaluate, and iterate plans as conditions change. The IRP method was developed in the 1980s in response to repeated cases of power plants that were not needed and experienced serious cost and time overruns. In contrast to the limited cho

Proteccion de Rios y Derechos - Recomendaciones Para la Accion de la Comision Mundial de Represas

Thursday, July 1, 2010
La Comisión Mundial de Represas independiente (CMR) fue creada en mayo de 1998, con el apoyo del Banco Mundial y la Unión Mundial para la Naturaleza (UICN). Su mandato fue examinar la efectividad de desarrollo de las represas, y crear normas y directrices para futuros proyectos. La Comisión estuvo inte- grada por 12 representantes de los sectores gubernamental, industrial, académico y de la sociedad civil, y fue presidida por Kader Asmal, entonces Ministro de Recursos Hídricos de Sudáfrica. ACERCA DE ESTA GUIA INFORMATIVA Esta guía informativa se centra en las principales catego

The World Commission on Dams

Nelson Mandela and Prof. Kader Asmal launch the World Commission on Dams final report in 2000.
The World Commission on Dams (WCD) established the most comprehensive guidelines for dam building. The WCD's final report describes an innovative framework for planning water and energy projects that is intended to protect dam-affected people and the environment, and ensure that the benefits from dams are more equitably distributed. The WCD recommendations form the basis for many decision-making processes for dams around the world and constitute international soft law.
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