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    IHA World Congress Programme


    Click the session titles for more information and presentations slides. Please scroll down for side meeting and lumchtime presentations. 



    Transport and Logistics


    Coaches leave the Hilton Kuching hotel for the Congress venue at 08:15 sharp on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

    On Thursday evening, coaches will depart from both the Congress venue and the Hilton Kuching at 17:15 to take you to the evening event at the Damai Puri beach resort.

    Please ensure that you travel with your official Congress badge and your passport to gain access to the Congress venue


    Associated Events and Side Meetings

    Hydropower and Regional Development workshop
    Monday 20 May, 12.00pm-5.30pm


    This workshop is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA), in cooperation with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

    Designed for experts and decision-makers involved in hydropower projects with an international dimension, this event is an opportunity to share experience on the role that hydropower can play in uplifting economic development in a region. With participants from development banks, power pools and river basin organisations.

    More information about this workshop.

    Side meeting A1
    GHG and Freshwater Reservoirs: What is the state of the art?
    Wednesday 22 May 16:15-17:15

    This informal side event gave an overview of the state of the art on the topic of greenhouse gas (GHG) fluxes associated with freshwater reservoirs. The discussion included an update on GHG measurement campaigns around the world, as well as an update on on-going research projects and Association findings in this area.

    Side meeting A2
    Net GHG Emissions Workshop
    Wednesday 22 May 17:15-18:15

    This meeting was a working session intended for members of the GHG Status of Freshwater Reservoirs Project expert and peer review groups and others with detailed technical knowledge related to the GHG status of freshwater reservoirs. The session presented a draft concept of 'net GHG emissions' for discussion, with the aim to refine it for publication as a GHG Project document.

    Side meeting B
    Introduction to the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
    Wednesday 22 May 16:15-17:15

    A brief, interactive introduction to the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for individuals with no previous exposure to the approach. The session provided an overview of the Protocol before attendees participated in a quick and basic scoring exercise. This was followed by information about how to get involved in governance, sustainability partnerships, training and assessor accreditation.

    Side meeting C
    Sustainability Partners Meeting (reserved for Sustainability Partners)
    Wednesday 22 May 16:15-18:15

    This meeting brought Sustainability Partners and Accredited Assessors together to discuss their experiences using the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and its added-value.

    Side meeting D
    Briefing on Resettlement
    Thursday 23 May 16:00-17:00

    Tran Trung Tuyen of Song Bung 4 Hydropower Project Management Board together with Takafumi Kadono from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) present a case study of the Song Bung 4 hydropower project in Vietnam, focusing on how they have been working closely with the local authorities and the local community to ensure that no affected persons are worse off than the conditions prior to the project. Although the resettlement is still in progress, a representative of SB4HPMB will share some of the good safeguards practices being applied in Song Bung 4 HPP.


    ADB video shown during the presentation

    Side meeting E
    Operationalizing Multi-purpose hydropower
    Thursday 23 May 16:00-17:00

    The importance of water infrastructure serving multiple objectives is receiving increasing attention, with climate change helping to focus attention on this issue. Participants discussed ideas and innovative concepts related to the systematic operationalisation of the competing demands of hydropower in the context of climate change.

    Lunch presentation A
    Special Lecture on Construction of Sarawak's Murum Project by China Three Gorges Corporation
    Wednesday 22 May 13:00-13:20

    Lunch presentation B
    Special Lecture Impacts of Delays on Hydropower Projects by Judith Plummer
    Thursday 23 May 13:00-13.:00


    Congress participants were given the opportunity to take part in a pre-Congress Networking Tour and a post-Congress Tour, which provided insights into Sarawak's hydropower development and enabled delegates to gain first-hand experience of some of the Malaysia's foremost natural and tourist attractions.