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Environmental & Social Impact Assessment

High Quality ESIA services

Reducing the impacts of hydropower projects through comprehensive, participatory and sustainable solutions.

ESIA is an important standard tool for predicting and addressing potential environmental and social impacts as well as regulatory constraints of a proposed hydropower project at an early stage.

Using ESIA is critical for developing a timely and cost-effective project plans and designs where all key issues are anticipated and addressed early on.

ÅF helps implement permitting strategies, development schedules, as well as mitigation and management plans. That way, we ensure that our clients comply with applicable environmental, social and ethical standards.

Our environment team – leaders in sustainability and climate-change services - has extensive experience in providing comprehensive ESIA services to public and private sector clients worldwide.

Our ESIA services include:

  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and management plans
  • Environmental and social Due Diligence (DD)
  • Coordination of permit applications and formal consultations
  • Identification and evaluation of mitigation measures to facilitate biodiversity conservation in rivers
  • Fish facilities (i.e. near-natural bypass channels, fish bypasses, locks and lifts)
  • Environmental-flow assessments
  • Calculation and analysis of sediment transport and reservoir sedimentation
  • Sustainability assessments of hydropower plants with accredited assessors for the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol
  • Capacity building and training


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Matthias Regli

Matthias Regli

Project Director Hydro Power