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Rapid economic development has seen Vietnam’s energy demand grow at a rate of 13-15% per annum over the last decade, leading to chronic and severe power shortages, and plans for extensive hydropower development. The Vu Gia – Thu Bon River Basin in central Vietnam will be one of the first areas to see increased hydropower development with 8 major and at least 34 minor hydro installations planned for completion over the next 10 years. This intense clustering of hydro developments on the Vu Gia – Thu Bon system has the potential for extensive impacts on aquatic fauna and ecosystems and is likely to negatively impact livelihoods through changes to fisheries outputs.
This study was conducted as part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Quang Nam Provincial hydropower plan conducted by ICEM for the Asian Development Bank in partnership with MONRE, MOIT, EVN and the Quang Nam DONRE. The SEA was undertaken as part of a capacity building project in the use of strategic environmental assessment in the hydropower development sector.