Partner Session

Is hydropower a ‘game changer’?
Whose water (in)security and whose justice with changing climate in South Asia?


Date and time (ICT) To be decided by conference organizers
Partner Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
Associate partner(s) University of Geneva

IHE Delft Water and Development Partnership Programme (DUPC)

Objective(s) 1.       Focus on the conundrum and controversies of hydropower in South Asia in the context of climate change

2.       Hydropower development can play a role in climate mitigation and adaptation to ensure water and energy security


There are several challenges in water resource development, particularly hydropower, has been the subject of conflict between the region’s governments in the last decade. With rising water and energy demand and need for low-carbon energy development, hydropower development seems to be the most suitable solution for South Asia’s water and energy future. Thus, the argument favoring multipurpose hydropower is that it contributes significantly to climate change mitigation and could play an essential role in climate change adaptation with water resource availability.
Hydropower development is, therefore, back on the political agenda of both government and donor organizations in South Asia as it seems to be a politically viable solution given each country’s international climate commitment. Also, power asymmetry (for instance, between India & Nepal and India & Bangladesh) and the interplay between the countries is a challenge to regional cooperation and integration, particularly regarding negotiations of power purchase agreements.
Mode of delivery In-person (to be confirmed)
Contact person Prof. Anamika Barua