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This class focuses on how international water law principles relate to the construction and operations of on-stream dams. Within this general focus, the following more specific topics are reviewed: (1) upstream/downstream nation rights and obligations relating to the impoundment and release of water from on-stream dams; (2) effect of on-stream dams on fisheries/aquatic habitat and fishers; (3) international environmental impact assessment obligations relating to the construction and operation of on-stream dams; (4) relation of hydro-electric dams to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production.


This is a class module that is part of the United Nations Enviroment Programme. It has been commissioned by UNEP and the International Association for Water Law (AIDA).

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