Project Description

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The environmental and social impacts of large hydropower have received considerable attention in Lao PDR due to the government’s policy for hydropower as one of the main platforms for economic development of the country. Whilst small‐scale hydropower projects are not likely to have the same impacts as large hydropower projects, they can still have significant impacts.

These guidelines were prepared as part of the CGIAR Challenge Program for Water and Food project MK14. The need for such guidelines to improve the environmental and social management and performance of small‐scale hydropower development in Lao PDR, arose out of a case study carried out by LIRE (Lao Institute for Renewable Energy) on Small hydropower in Lao PDR and the subsequent focus group discussions held in August 2013.

Two additional reports were generated as part of the MK14 study: