Zaglul Khandkar, one of SMEC’s key leaders in hydropower and sustainability, is presenting his PhD on ‘The ecological impacts of hydropeaking in tropical and subtropical regions’ at the International Association for Impact Assessment Conference in Malaysia.
The International Association for Impact Assessment Conference is the only international, interdisciplinary, educational conference dedicated to advancing the art and science of Impact Assessment. Bringing together a unique mix of experts and professionals from over 80 countries with presentations on conceptual advances and contextual applications of Impact Assessment that illustrate agility, transformation, innovation, leadership, sustainability, and resilience.
The ecological impacts of hydro-peaking in tropical and subtropical regions
Presenting on ‘The ecological impacts of hydropeaking in tropical and subtropical regions’, Zaglul’s research explores how the global increase in hydropower projects to meet renewable energy demands has resulted in the frequency and magnitude of hydropeaking events across numerous river systems. Hydropeaking occurs where water demands for energy generation lead to intense, discontinuous and unnatural patterns of hydrologic discharge in river reaches downstream of major hydroelectric schemes.
Zaglul has developed a case study for future reference through analysis of associated hydrological, ecological and social impacts using an existing hydropeaking project in a tropical country, which will enable managers and governments to identify suitable hydropeaking mitigation measures in tropical and sub-tropical countries.
Identifying suitable hydropeaking mitigation measures will help benefit our communities and aquatic ecosystems through reducing erosion and sedimentation, improving water quality, enhancing wildlife habitat and increasing resilience to climate change impacts.
Accredited Hydropower Sustainability Council (HSC) Assessor
One of only twelve globally accredited Hydropower Sustainability Council (HSC) Assessors, Zaglul is working with organisations to accredit hydropower projects as Certified Sustainable. Conducting an assessment where objective evidence is collected to provide an unbiased and evidence-based evaluation of projects sustainability performance as aligned with the current and up-to-date Hydropower Sustainability Standard. Certifying projects is a cost-effective viable way to ensure projects are recognised as high-performing and sustainable, making it easier to unlock green finance for further development.