The results of the Blanda assessment
The Blanda assessment took place at the Blanda Hydropower Station and at Landsvirkjun‘s headquarters in Reykjavík in September, 2013. The assessment was carried out by three international experts. The assessment was comprehensive, including interviews with Landsvirkjun employees and over 30 individual representatives from the various stakeholder groups: agencies, municipalities, companies and organizations. The protocol assessed 17 differing topics, pertaining to the operation of Blanda, in order to assess the sustainability of the hydropower project Communications and Consultation; Environmental and Social Issues Management; Hydrological resource; Labour and Working Conditions; Biodiversity and invasive species. The results of the assessment show that Blanda meets Proven Best Practice on 14 out of 17 topics assessed using the Protocol. Blanda exceeds Basic Good Practice on all 3 remaining topics, each of these with only one significant gap against proven best practice.