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Discussion at the Forum Rethinking of Water Security for Ukraine

The Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation held the national dialogue with the participation of leading experts in the field of water management, water saving and hydropower.

Among the participants of the event were the scientists dealing with water management problems, officials of relevant agencies, managers of Ukrhуdroenergo Association. Free Energy Company was the only representative of the businesses that develop small hydropower plants in Ukraine.

The event was opened by Head of the Department of Water Resources at State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine, Olha Lysiuk, who was the main spokesperson of the public sector.  

During the discussion, Free Energy posed such questions to the entire audience and Olha Lysiuk personally:

·         Which public agency has powers to calculate and determine the allowable water consumption when using small HPPs?

·         What regulations govern the issue of minimum water intakes?

Questions of Free Energy Company became the reason for discussion. Some scientists have noted that there are no clear answers to these questions yet, as Ukraine has not applied any systemic approaches, unlike Europe, to study the problems of water security.

Olha Lysiuk recommended the company to address to the State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine in order to receive the advice on determining the amount of water intake for a particular hydropower plant.

The scientists agreed that the reasoned answers should be prepared for the investors who develop small hydropower in Ukraine.

Professor Serhii Afanasiev from the Institute of Hydrobiology has recommended the developers to follow the way used in Georgia, Armenia and other states where relations in the field of ecology and hydropower are settled insufficiently. It is about the environmental security system used by the EBRD: ESIA-quality assessment. 

Questions of Free Energy Company became the reason for discussion. Some scientists have noted that there are no clear answers to these questions yet, as Ukraine has not applied any systemic approaches, unlike Europe, to study the problems of water security.

Olha Lysiuk recommended the company to address to the State Agency of Water Resources of Ukraine in order to receive the advice on determining the amount of water intake for a particular hydropower plant.

The scientists agreed that the reasoned answers should be prepared for the investors who develop small hydropower in Ukraine.

Professor Serhii Afanasiev from the Institute of Hydrobiology has recommended the developers to follow the way used in Georgia, Armenia and other states where relations in the field of ecology and hydropower are settled insufficiently. It is about the environmental security system used by the EBRD: ESIA-quality assessment. 

 Free Energy Company is grateful to the scientists and industry experts for their interesting and useful presentations. It is the dialogue between scientists, government officials and investors to help small hydropower to develop in the effective format.