Dams and norms: Current practices and the state of the debate

W. Scheumann*, O. Hensengerth

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No other infrastructure has attracted more criticism than large reservoir-based hydropower and multi-purpose dams. Their detrimental social and ecological effects make them especially contentious, with opponents and proponents often unable to reach compromise solutions. In December 2000, the World Commission on Dams (WCD) proposed a new framework for decision-making in its report of the same name (WCD 2000), and this has become a landmark for sustainable practices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolution of Dam Policies
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence from the Big Hydropower States
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783642234033
ISBN (Print)9783642234026
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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