Nicolas is an Australia Awards Scholar at the Australian National University. He recently completed a Master’s degree and Graduate Diploma of Environmental Management & Development at the Crawford School of Public Policy, and he is currently working toward a combined Master’s degree at the College of Diplomacy. He has previously worked as a public officer in Chile on issues of water resource management, sustainability, and development, and has also served as a researcher at the Ministry of Public Works in Chile. His research interests include environmental management and development, water resource management, energy and natural resource policy, and ecological economics.

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In recent years, the performance of large dams has been challenged in different regions of the world especially due to their environmental and social impacts. Extensive conversion of land, major alteration of the hydrological systems, and disruption of freshwater ecosystems are some of the identified effects of megadams on natural resources.1 …

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