Webinar: South Asian Hydropower in the Era of Climate Change
Wednesday, 6 March, 2019
This webinar looked at the countries of South Asia and the simultaneous challenges of mitigating carbon emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change. We will discuss how hydropower and dams are likely to be deployed as instruments that allow states to generate non-fossil fuel power and, theoretically, tackle temperature and precipitation variability through flood control and water storage. Existing hydropower might also be repurposed to meet peak demand in an Indian power sector that is fast embracing renewable energy. These new roles will be challenged by long-standing problems with dam-building in the region – cost overruns, environmental issues and social contentions.