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Pilot Strategic Environmental Assessment in the Hydropower Sub-sector – Vietnam: Final Report – Risks to Biodiversity from Hydropower in the 6th Power Development Plan
This pilot SEA focused on the potential affects of planned hydropower on biodiversity. It did so because the condition of biodiversity is a vital indicator of the health and well being of natural systems – and therefore of the social and economic systems it supports. The pilot SEA provided a methodology and set of tools for assessing biodiversity effects of hydropower at the strategic level. It has also identified geographic areas and groups of projects in the 6th PDP which require more intensive appraisal and mitigation to ensure their sustainability and minimisee their negative side affects on biodiversity and on the economy.