IHA announces Addis Ababa as host for 2017 World Hydropower Congress

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The International Hydropower Association has announced that its 2017 World Hydropower Congress will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the African Union Commission.

The event, which takes place May 9-11, 2017, looks to build on the 2015 meeting in Beijing by bringing together leaders and specialists to "examine how initiatives of governments, businesses, finances, civil society and academia can advance sustainable development."

IHA said a key focus of the conference will be a stronger emphasis on environmental and social aspects during hydroelectric project planning stages, and a commitment to "better hydro" in an age when resource management is more important than ever.

"We are proud to be convening the World Hydropower Congress for the first time in Africa," IHA executive director Richard Taylor said. "Hydropower's role is a dynamic that calls for an integrated approach, with a strongly connected sector, and a high level of collaboration.

"With the right commitments, better hydro will play an even greater role in delivering modern energy and water services in a climate-constrained world."

Hydropower's role as a global energy source cannot be overstated, with hydro supplying 70% of the world's renewable energy to more than a billion people in 152 countries, according to the IHA.

Further information about hydro's role around the world can be found in IHA's recently released 2016 Hydropower Status Report.

For more information about the 2017 World Hydropower Congress, contact congress@hydropower.org.

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