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The sustainable planning and operation of water and energy systems are intrinsically linked to one another. With water and electricity demand expected to increase by more than 50% by 2050, and irrigated land needing to increase by around 60% to meet future food security needs, this represents one of humanity’s biggest challenges in the coming decades.
Hydropower has a crucial role to play in managing global water resources and mitigating climate change, alongside adjacent technologies such as floating solar. But holistic planning is crucial to maximise the full potential of hydropower’s water benefits.
Multisectoral dialogues are lacking. In the governing of hydropower, a more integrative approach is needed that can assist countries in recognising the necessary governance conditions for joint, intersectoral planning at national and transboundary levels and help water systems adapt to climate change through investments in water, energy and agriculture. If done effectively, this approach can ultimately reconcile human development needs with the sustainable use of water resources, soil, and conservation and restoration of functioning ecosystems.
This session will explore the challenges and opportunities for hydropower’s role in managing global water resources, including: