Asia Times opinion article reports insights from new research in Nepal
The construction of large dams for hydropower occupies a central place in the development strategies of many countries, offering a pathway to climate-smart economic growth. But such schemes also remain controversial because of the often huge capital costs as well as the environmental and social impacts. To help address these concerns, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) conducts research in major river basins across the developing world. The results help decision makers handle complex tradeoffs in ways that are both scientifically sound and fair for people and the environment.
Among our most recent investigations is a study carried out along the Karnali River in Western Nepal. On the occasion of the World Day of Social Justice (February 20), Asia Times has just published an opinion article by IWMI research group leader Diana Suhardiman, in which she shares insights from research aimed at helping Nepal get the process right and “become a beacon for progressive hydropower development, rather than fall into . . . well-trodden traps suffered by other countries in South and Southeast Asia.”