Based on the results of Final project conference “Ecosystem approach to hydropower: facilitating the implementation of European requirements to development of hydropower sector in states of the Eastern Partnership” implemented with the financial support of the European Union, within the framework of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Regranting to support civil society in the region, a resolution has been adopted calling for a review of existing decision-making practices regarding hydropower facilities in order to take full account of their environmental impact.
The participants of Final project conference state that hydropower in the EaP countries is an important part of national energy systems and plays an important role in ensuring the energy security of countries. However, the modern construction of hydroelectric and hydroelectric pumped storage power plants (HEPs and PSPPs) and hydropower development plans do not pass proper environmental impact assessments, and their implementation will lead to a negative environmental impact increase and degradation of ecosystems, the preservation of which is extremely important to ensure the balanced development of the Eastern Partnership countries, in particular Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine.
That is why the participants of the conference calls on Governments, relevant ministries of the Eastern Partnership countries and the European Union to take proactive steps in implementing the ecosystem approach to decision-making processes in hydropower.ENG
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