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Bali 2024

COP26 SESSION: How resilient hydropower can help adapt to climate change and mitigate carbon emissions




Date   Heure   Pavilion   Event   Language

Wednesday – November 3


Glasgow : 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Paris : 11:30 – 12:30 CET


Water Pavilion – zone D – PV64

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How to participate:

On site: Water Pavilion, situated in zone D, Pavilion 64 (within the permitted limits). Download the map here.

Online: Follow the session live on the Water Pavilion website. If you experience any difficulties to access the link, we suggest you to open it on Chrome browser.

You can follow the replay on the Water Pavilion YouTube channel on this link (available the following day).

As precipitation and flow regimes evolve from ongoing climate change, hydropower facilities worldwide are facing operational challenges. While severe flooding has been an issue in some places, extreme droughts not anticipated by designers, planners, and operators have more often been an issue, even in facilities that are relatively young. Stark tradeoffs with other water users, including ecosystems, are one result. In the most extreme cases, turbines that are stand high and dry prompt decision makers to shift to backup energy systems, often ones that are carbon-emitting. How can we ensure that our existing and future hydropower assets remain resilient, efficient, and low carbon in an uncertain future?

Speakers :

  • Eileen Burke – Global Lead for Water Resources – World Bank Group (WBG)
  • Dr James Dalton – Director, Global Water Programme – International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Pauline Larat, Deputy Head, Energy division – French Agency for Development (AFD)
  • Alexandre Marty, Head of Climate and Natural Resources – Electricité de France (EDF)
  • Dr John H. Matthews, Executive Director, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
  • William Rex, Senior Adviser – International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Convening organizations

  • French Water Partnership (FWP)
  • Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)


  • Agence française de développement (AFD
  • Electricité de France (EDF
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) 
  • World Bank Group (WBG)


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