San José Declaration Public Consultation

In less than 100 days, the World Hydropower Congress in September 2021 will bring together industry, government, finance, civil society and local communities to shape the policies, practices and perception of hydropower.

At the conclusion of the summit, a landmark declaration – the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower - will be issued expressing principles, commitments and recommendations for the future cornerstone role of hydropower development in the energy transition.

Public consultation

Named in honour of the congress's official host partner, the Government of Costa Rica, the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower will be drafted following extensive and proactive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and registrants.

The Declaration will be influenced by the outcomes of influential reports, forums and working groups, including the World Commission on Dams, the IHA Charter for Sustainable Hydropower, the Hydropower Sustainability Tools and the forthcoming Hydropower Sustainability Standard.

A congress draft of the Declaration was released in July for public comment and consultation before the document is issued and endorsed at the World Hydropower Congress on 24 September 2021.

We want to hear from you

The World Hydropower Congress Secretariat - the International Hydropower Association and organising partners - is seeking contributions on the content of the San José Declaration on Sustainable Hydropower.

Please complete the online form to tell us your views.

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