We pursue a commitment to the health of aquatic ecosystems in two ways. Firstly by seeking to mitigate or offset negative impacts on migratory fish stocks associated with the construction and operation of our hydropower facilities, and secondly through our efforts to contribute expertise and resources into targeted conservation efforts in the markets where we operate.
Mitigating and offsetting impacts to migratory fish stocks
Our hydropower plants have adverse impacts on aquatic ecosystems. These are caused by the regulation of watercourses, clearing of rivers, and building of dams. Impacts are mainly alleviated by means of compensation in accordance with permit conditions, with the funds being used by authorities to transplant fish and promote research into restoring migratory fish stocks.
We believe it’s important to restore the natural reproduction cycle of migratory fish stocks in watercourses where it’s cost-effective and where the chances of success are the greatest, and we participate in practical local projects and research activities to promote fish migration.
Hydropower projects are also long-term operations, and we are committed to being transparent and engaging in open dialogue with different community organisations and local government agencies about potential impacts to local waters.