Oral Presentation International Conference on River Connectivity (Fish Passage 2018)

Gender impact: a forgotten dimension in hydropower development (#68)

Dongdavanh Sibouthong 1 , Ian Cowx 2
  1. Department of Livestock and Fisheries, Vientiane, Lao PDR
  2. Hull International Fisheries Institute, Hull, HUMBERSIDE, United Kingdom

The position of women in rural livelihoods dependent on fisheries in the Mekong in Lao PDR will be set against a framework of hydropower development. Gender Analysis and Gender Impact Assessment will be used to examine the likely effects of hydropower development on rural communities and specifically the imbalance between males and females in terms of benefits and outcomes. This information will be used to assess how household decision-making is gendered to adapt to shifts in household well-being and livelihoods opportunities. Mechanisms for promoting gender inclusiveness and empowerment in hydropower development scenarios will be explored.