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CVJ Varma (right), newly elected president of the International Commission on Large Dams, met with members of the British Dams Society at the ICE last week. Varma, with ICOLD secretary general Jacques Lecornu, was in London to attend the launch of the World Commission on Dams' report 'Dams and development'.

Commenting ahead of the launch, Varma said that many countries had a major need for water, and that if a dam was viable, then 'let the people decide'. He went on to explain that with recent advances in technology, it would be unfair to compare the inefficient, disruptive and environmentally insensitive dams of the past with what would be built in the future.

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