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Multiconsult to assess renewable energy impacts on Laos river

With IFC’s partnership, they hope to become a world leader with regards to putting principles for sustainable water resource management and hydropower planning into practice.

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By Multiconsult

Oslo, July 18, 2018

Environment Analyst

Milestone project in renewable energy: Multiconsult news release

Norway-based multidisciplinary consultancy Multiconsult is leading an assessment of Laos’ southern Sekong River Basin in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. The findings will be used to help decision-makers and the private sector to better understand the cumulative impacts of developing renewable energy projects in areas where multiple projects are planned.

The ten month project will see Multiconsult and its partners examine a range of hydropower and renewable energy scenarios for the Sekong basin and assess their overall cumulative impacts on the environment, livelihoods and the economy. The study will also put forward recommendations for future sustainable development of hydropower and renewable energy on the Sekong, including plans and measures to avoid, minimise and compensate for the cumulative impacts.

Multiconsult team lead, Leif Lillehammer, said: “The Sekong is one of the most important tributaries to the Mekong, and with the Sesan and Srepok it forms what is commonly known as the 3S system in the Lower Mekong. Our work will pioneer cumulative impact assessments in Lao PDR; Multiconsult is looking forward to presenting a study that achieves a balance between development and environmental sustainability.”

He added: “This pilot project with the IFC is helping us to become a world leader with regards to putting principles for sustainable water resource management and hydropower planning into practice, which is both a source of pride and a humbling experience at the same time.”

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