The IHA Blue Planet Prize will be awarded in 2017 to hydropower projects that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development.
This prize is given to a project, or element of a project, that most clearly demonstrates excellence in sustainability in hydropower or that most clearly represents a significant improvement in sustainability practices in a developing country or region.
The International Hydropower Association will award the prize based on an assessment using the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. This is a tool that measures the sustainability of a hydropower project across a range of social, environmental, technical and economic aspects.
The assessment must be an official assessment and must be published before January 2017. It can be of any of the four stages: early stage, preparation, implementation and operation.
The winner will be determined by a panel of four experts selected by the IHA board.
The winning project will be announced at the 2017 World Hydropower Congress.
This prize was awarded to six projects between 2001 and 2005: King River, Australia; Palmiet pumped storage, South Africa; Salto Caxias, Brazil; Sechelt Creek, Canada; Arrow Lakes, Canada; and Andhikhola hydel and rural electrification scheme, Nepal.
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