Hydropower development is set to grow over the next few years, according to the results of a survey recently conducted by the International Hydropower Association (IHA).
In the survey of over 200 people, 85.5% said they were either certain or fairly confident that the sector would grow over the next three years around the world. Although this question was asked in a global context, the answers varied according to the respondents' main region of activity, with the proportion of respondents who were certain the sector would grow significantly higher in South and Central Asia (50.7%), East Asia and Pacific (48.9%) and Africa (46.9%), than in Europe (34.4%), South America (35.2%), and North and Central America (40.9%).
Another major outcome of the survey was that most of the respondents felt that hydropower's most important characteristic was that it was renewable. This was the top selected answer (66.5%), followed by the fact that it can provide multiple water services (55.2%) and that it is a sustainable energy source (39.2%).
Survey respondents included a wide range of sector stakeholders, including representatives of NGOs, governments, the finance sector and academia, as well as industry.
Further details on the survey can be found at the IHA's website at www.hydropower.org. A detailed analysis of the survey will be published in March 2016.