Webinar: South Asian Hydropower in the Era of Climate Change

A look at the new roles hydropower and dams are beginning to occupy in South Asia

This webinar looks 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.

Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Time: 1:30pm (Australia/Adelaide; find your local time)

Format: Presentation, Discussion + Q&A (up to 60mins)

Cost: Free

Chair: Trevor Pillar, National Partnerships Manager

Contact: training@australianwaterschool.com.au

Resources: Webcasts and other documents will be available here

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Aditya Pillai

Asia Foundation

Aditya Valiathan-Pillai is a senior researcher at the Initiative for Climate, Energy and Environment. He studies how states arrange their climate change institutions and the politics of regional elect... Read more


Background Reading Materials:

Sunil S. Amrith. 2018. The Race to Dam the Himalayas. The New York Times. Available at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/01/opinion/himalayas-mountains-dams.html.

Ministry of Power, Government of India. 2016. Hydro-power: a sustainable, clean and green alternative. Indian Parliamentary Standing Committee Report available at

Robert Fletcher. 2010. When Environmental Issues Collide: Climate change and the Shifting Political Ecology of Hydropower. Peace and Conflict Review. 5(1). Available at: http://www.review.upeace.org/pdf.cfm?articulo=106&ejemplar=20

Aditya Valiathan Pillai and Sagar Prasai. 2018. The Price of Power: the political economy of electricity trade and hydropower in eastern South Asia. The Asia Foundation, available at https://asiafoundation.org/publication/the-price-of-power/.