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The ‘Mekong Project on Hydropower Sustainability Assessment in the Mekong Region’ (MK6) worked to nurture developer and civil society dialogues and independently trial the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) in the Mekong Region. The HSAP is a transnational code of conduct developed by the hydropower industry in response to the World Commission on Dams (WCD) and industry need for greater certainty via clear approval processes and accreditation. The project’s objective was to provide opportunities for Mekong civil society and hydropower developers to discuss and trial the HSAP as part of the outreach of the global multi-stakeholder Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum (HSAF).


By supporting dialogues surrounding the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocols (HSAP), these are now firmly established in the Mekong as one facet of the discussion surrounding sustainable hydropower in the basin. Through CPWF’s networks, Chinese developers were convinced to trial HSAP on two major dams on the Lancang Jiang: the Jinghong and the Nuozhadu.


MK6 was led by the Mekong Program on Water, Environment and Resilience, in collaboration with the Challenge Program on Water and Food, the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum, and Australian Aid.

Project Leader

M-POWER Project Manager and Dialogues Lead: Kate Lazarus (
M-POWER Content Lead and Trialling Lead: Tira Foran (