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Our mission

The world is facing a water and energy crisis. Around the globe, almost 1 billion people do not have access to electricity, while 2.1 billion are without safely managed water services. 

Urgent action is required to deliver clean energy to limit the effects of climate change, and meet people’s basic needs for clean water and affordable energy.

The dominance of fossil fuels drives global warming, exacerbating these problems. With the demand for energy expected to double from 2015 to 2060, the world must look towards a sustainable, renewable mix of energy sources.

About IHA

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a non-profit membership organisation committed to advancing sustainable hydropower. 

Established in 1995 under the auspices of UNESCO, our members today include more than 100 organisations as well as individual members.

  • Corporate membership includes organisations involved in the policy, planning, permitting, financing and regulation of hydropower, as well as corporations engaged as developers, designers, suppliers, owners and operators, plus non-profit organisations and specialist media.
  • Individual membership includes those who are working, studying and teaching in the field of hydropower or a related discipline.

Our activities

IHA’s vision is a world where water and energy services are delivered to all in a sustainable way.

We were established to champion continuous improvement and sustainable practices in the hydropower sector.

Our mission is "to advance sustainable hydropower by building and sharing knowledge on its role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions".

We achieve this through four strategic objectives:

  • Advancing policies and strategies that strengthen the sector’s performance
  • Building a vibrant, inclusive and proactive hydropower community
  • Creating an open, innovative and trusted platform for knowledge
  • Delivering value to members throughout the world.

As the management body for the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, a tool developed by a multistakeholder forum, we support training and hydropower project assessments.

Our knowledge-building programmes aim to support the sharing of good practices among organisations working in the hydropower sector. Learn more about our Knowledge Networks.

Read more: Our story.

IHA Central Office

Our work programmes and membership services are supported by IHA Central Office, based in London, UK. We also have liaison offices in China and in Brazil.

The staff team works closely with IHA members, partner organisations, international working groups and networks to deliver on strategic priorities set by the IHA Board.

Download IHA's 2017-2018 Activity and Strategy Report.