WCD+10: Revisiting the large dam controversy

In November 2000, the World Commission on Dams published its ground-breaking report, Dams and Development, after an unprecedented multi-stakeholder process. Ten years later, Water Alternatives, an independent academic online journal, revisits the WCD and its impacts in a special issue, and explores the question: Is the WCD still relevant?

“Ten years ago the World Commission on Dams signed off with the words "We have told our story. What happens next is up to you". So what did happen? Judging by this special ten-year anniversary issue of Water Alternatives, there is continued interest in the Commission’s recommendations, and the report remains a benchmark. [….]” -  Achim Steiner, Former Secretary General of the World Commission on Dams

Read more : http://www.water-alternatives.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=139&Itemid=1 

Ghana dams dialogue III (2009-2010)

To build capacities and provide tools for improved decision making on dams related issues which would lead to equitable, transparent, participatory and sustainable development of dams in Ghana.  

  • To provide recommendations and practical guidelines of primary use to the Bui Development Authority for managing impacts on dam affected communities (upstream and downstream of Bui), particularly those related to agricultural livelihoods and food security, through targeted studies.
  • To share information and increase awareness about resettlement and dam related of issues affecting local communities and build capacity, amongst key stakeholders of the public, private and NGO sectors, at different levels from national to local, through roundtables and other learning mechanisms, and to bring on board very relevant stakeholders who hitherto have not been actively involved in the dialogue process.
  • To bring together representatives of all dam affected communities including Bui area and other relevant stakeholders to deliberate on problems of the townships to come up with a common agenda for action towards the redress of the negative impacts of dams on the affected communities.
  • To understand decision and governance processes in Ghana related to the development and management of multi-purpose water resource projects and to evaluate the contributions of a multi-stakeholder dialogue towards influencing decisions.

Site web: http://ghanadamsdialogue.iwmi.org/home.aspx

Arcticle: http://www.waterpowermagazine.com/story.asp?sectionCode=46&storyCode=2054100