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IHA World Congress 2009

23-26 June 2009 | Reykjavik, Iceland

IHA World Congress 2009

On Wednesday morning, participants gathered for the opening session of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower, followed by a discussion of energy policy. In the afternoon, participants took part in panel-led discussions on water policy and on linkages between hydropower and climate change.

Opening Session

Katrín Júlíusdóttir, Minister of Energy, Industry and Tourism, Iceland (left photo), provided an overview of energy production in Iceland, explaining that only 20% of Iceland's energy needs are met by imported fuels. She said Iceland was focusing on transitioning entirely to hydropower and geothermal power. Refaat Abdel-Malek, President, IHA (center photo), chaired the opening session. Bjarni Bjarnason, CEO, Landsvirkjun Power, Philippe Cochet, Chair, Hydro Equipment Association (HEA), and Hilary Onek, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda (right photo).

Regarding the potential use of hydropower in Africa, Hilary Onek, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda (left), said there are over 700 rivers in Africa of varying sizes, and that the Congo, Victoria Nile and other rivers could be developed for hydropower. Philippe Cochet, Chair, Hydro Equipment Association (center), described the role that hydropower can play within the broader energy mix, emphasizing that the global demand for energy will more than double by 2030. A view of the dais during the opening session (right photo).
Conference participants asking questions during the opening session.

Left to right: Refaat Abdel-Malek and Minister Katrín Júlíusdóttir (left) listen to Bjarni Bjarnason, CEO, Landsvirkjun Power (right), outline Iceland's transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and explain that 80% of the country's power now comes from geothermal and hydropower.

Session One: Energy Policy
Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council, Robin Martin Kåss, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Norway, Stefan Opitz, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Cedric Philibert, International Energy Agency (IEA), Stefan Schurig, World Future Council, and Christoph Winterbacher, Energy Globe.
Christoph Frei and Robin Martin Kåss (left photo). Kadri Nassiep, CEO, South African National Energy Research Institute (right photo) facilitated the session.
Stefan Schurig and Christoph Winterbacher.
A view of the room during the presentation by Cedric Philibert, IEA.
Questions from the floor.
Session 2: Water Policy

Left photo: Alan Vaz Lopes, National Water Agency, Brazil, Haakon Thaulow, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Jian Hua Meng, WWF, Peter Lee, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, Henrik Larsen, Water Managment Department, DHI, Luis Berga, International Commission on Large Dams, and Reza Ardakanian, UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development. Ger Bergkamp, Director General, World Water Council, facilitated the session.

Henrik Larsen, Water Managment Department, DHI, Luis Berga (left photo) and Berga and Reza Ardakanian (right photo).
Session Three: Hydropower and Climate Change
Michael Fink, IHA, facilitated the session (left photo). Halldór Björnsson, Icelandic Meteorological Office, Sten Bergström, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, David MacKenzie Crean, Hydro Tasmania, Mark Smith, IUCN, and Oluf Ulseth, Statkraft.
David MacKenzie Crean, Hydro Tasmania (center).
Mark Smith (left photo) and Oluf Ulseth (right photo).
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International Hydropower Association
UNESCO – Water
World Water Council
Sustainable Hydropower website

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