The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the China-based International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) have collaborated to produce a new global assessment of small hydropower capacities and potential.
The study, called The World Hydro Development Report 2013, is based on contributions from more than 60 authors and organizations, making it UNIDP and ICSHP's "flagship assessment" on small hydro.
"By publishing this report, our goal is to promote small hydropower development by identifying the world's small hydropower development status and its potential in different countries and regions by engaging with stakeholders to share information," said Diego Masera, Chief of UNIDO's Renewable Energy Unit.
The report contains 20 regional overviews and 149 country-level reports, making it a "world-first" compilation of small hydropower data, the authors said.
"Small hydropower is one of the most suitable energy solutions for fostering inclusive sustainable development and industrialization," ICSHP Director General Liu Heng said. "But much of the world's small hydropower potential remains untapped. So the first step to remedying the situation is through dissemination of reliable data."
The report will be available online soon and will be updated regularly.
"To ensure the data and information provided by the report is up to date, UNIDO and ICSHP are collaborating with national institutions to facilitate continuous monitoring and collection of small hydropower data," Masera said.
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