The impact of climate change poses a significant challenge to infrastructure projects and their host communities. Adequate planning for extreme weather events and natural disasters is often not taken into consideration during the design stage and operations phases of these projects. The impact of climate change on the livelihoods in the communities is often so profound that it has resulted in health and safety issues, increases in capital expenditure, and contributed to social unrest.
IFC’s Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory works with the International Hydropower Association to develop a set of guidelines for project developers and operators. This will inform their efforts at mainstreaming climate adaptation and resilience within their operations. The guidelines cover a series of targeted climate resilience measures and interventions. They are designed to ensure that a project’s construction and/or operation does not result in incremental impacts or vulnerabilities to the environment or third parties (communities) because of climate-related risks.
The over-arching objective of this workstream is to mitigate the impact of climate change on communities and strengthen their capacity to adapt to the physical impacts of climate change.
IFC’s Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory team will work with two hydropower developers in Asia and Africa to identify climate risks on host communities and develop mitigation measures to ensure livelihoods are not adversely impacted.