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12 April 2019 

The International Hydropower Association has begun the search to identify its next Chief Executive Officer.


IHA's current CEO Richard Taylor

IHA’s current CEO, Richard M Taylor, has announced his intention to step down and to work as an independent consultant by the end of 2019.

In a letter to members, IHA President Ken Adams praised Richard Taylor’s contribution to the growth and development of the association since it was formed in 1995, stating that “The Board, on behalf of all members, thanks him for his amazing contribution to the association and the hydropower sector”.

Richard Taylor will continue his responsibilities until a successor is identified. He is also expected to assist the new CEO in a consultative capacity through 2020.

The company Spencer Stuart International has been appointed to lead the recruitment process, which is overseen by the IHA Board through its governance and finance committee.

Read the job advertisement for information on how to apply:

4 April 2019

The International Hydropower Association’s Activity and Strategy Report for 2018-2019 is now available online.

The publication provides an overview of IHA’s mission and activities to advance sustainable hydropower, sharing highlights from its knowledge building and sustainability programmes over the past year.


The report previews the World Hydropower Congress taking place in Paris, 14-16 May 2019, which will bring together leading decision-makers, innovators and experts from industry, government, finance, civil society and academia.

“The city which four years ago hosted the historic climate accord which bears its name will this year give the stage to the hydropower sector,” write IHA President Ken Adams and IHA Chief Executive Richard Taylor in the report’s foreword.

“The outcomes of the World Hydropower Congress will help to shape our association’s priorities and work programmes.”

The Activity and Strategy Report 2018-2019 looks at IHA’s recent work to advance policies and strategies which strengthen the sector’s performance and deliver value to members.

In 2018, IHA and its partners published new sustainability tools and guidelines which provide a framework for understanding and measuring hydropower project performance. In addition, IHA launched Hydropower Pro, a new online community for members.

The report includes IHA’s membership directory and recognises the first group of IHA Fellows, a new tier of membership comprising the sector’s most experienced professionals.

“Working collaboratively with our members and partners, IHA will continue its mission to build and transfer knowledge on hydropower’s role in renewable energy systems, responsible freshwater management and climate change solutions,” write Mr Adams and Mr Taylor.

Read the Activity and Strategy Report to learn about our knowledge building and sustainability programmes.

Knowledge building programmes:

  • The status of hydropower: monitoring the sector
  • Clean energy systems: highlighting the expansion of hydropower’s role
  • Climate mitigation: assessing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Climate resilience: developing a guide
  • Green bonds: unlocking the market
  • Hydropower benefits: better reporting
  • Hydropower preparation facility: a model for sustainable projects
  • Modernisation: building knowledge on innovation
  • Operations and maintenance: advancing innovative strategies
  • Regional interconnections: connecting hydropower
  • River basin development: promoting collaboration
  • Sediment management: identifying good practices

Sustainability programmes

  • Supporting a suite of Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tools
  • Building sustainable hydropower capacity around the world
  • Hydropower sustainability assessor training opportunities

IHA members can access the report in Hydropower Pro: download now.

Non-members can access the report at

For more information about Hydropower Pro, please visit

21 March 2019

The early bird registration rate for the World Hydropower Congress closes on Friday 22 March.

The world’s most important gathering of hydropower decision-makers, innovators and experts is in Paris from 14-16 May, bringing together representatives of industry, government, finance, civil society and academia.


Knowledge sharing, capacity building and stakeholder dialogue are at the heart of this high-level biennial event, which is organised by the International Hydropower Association and supported by a range of partner organisations.

The World Hydropower Congress provides an unparalleled opportunity to share experiences, guide policies and develop strategies to strengthen the sector’s performance and support sustainable development.

This year’s event will focus on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, under the theme ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World’.

The venue is Espace Grande Arche, situated at the foot of the monumental Grande Arche, an architectural icon of modern Paris, representing a ‘doorway to the world’.

Hundreds of leading decision-makers, innovators and experts from more than 70 countries will be in attendance. Across 37 invaluable focus sessions and workshops, participation will provide an opportunity to take on new learnings, strengthen networks and build enduring partnerships for the future.

Delegates will share knowledge on how hydropower can be financed, developed and operated sustainably, as they learn from success stories and experiences from across the sector.

Three prestigious awards will be announced during the Congress: the IHA Blue Planet Prize for a sustainable hydropower project, the IHA Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower and the IHA Young Researcher Award.

Participants can also join a tour of hydropower projects in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal or Switzerland between 17-18 May. All tour places must be booked by 5 April.

IHA hosted the first world congress in Turkey in 2007, followed by Iceland in 2009, Brazil in 2011, Malaysia in 2013, China in 2015, and Ethiopia in 2017.

The last World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 2017 drew 700 delegates from more than 60 countries.

Learn more and register today:

21 March 2019

IHA members can now stand for election to the association’s Board.

Nominations are open for the IHA Board elections, which will take place between May and July 2019.


The elections will decide who among the membership will oversee IHA’s work in the 2019-2021 period.

To be eligible, election candidates must be either an individual member or employed by a corporate member.

If elected, candidates must be willing to contribute to the shared responsibilities of the Board, and commit to attend the majority of its meetings. The Board meets three times a year.

How to stand as a candidate

To stand as a candidate in the IHA Board elections, you should fill in a nomination form, which you can download here to confirm your interest.

The schedule for the 2019 elections is as follows:

  • 26 April: Closing date for candidate nominations
  • 15 May: Presentation of candidates at the IHA General Meeting           
  • 29 May: Voting opens (ballot forms are distributed to members) 
  • 10 July: Voting closes 
  • 12 July: Election results are announced 
  • 18 September: First meeting of the new Board

You can read IHA’s five-step guide to standing in the board elections here.

If you wish to stand for election, please send your completed nomination form to, fax it to +44 208 643 5600, or post it to IHA Central Office, International Hydropower Association, Chancery House, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, London, SM1 1JB, UK.

14 March 2019

Africa’s fourth largest river basin, the Zambezi, offers vast hydropower resources that can support sustainable economic development and prosperity across southern Africa.

The river basin’s technical potential of nearly 15,000 megawatts in installed hydropower capacity could prove sufficient to meet the estimated combined electricity demand of Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – known as the Riparian States.


The Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme in Mozambique.

Using the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) as a guiding reference, the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the World Bank partnered with government agencies and local organisations to assist the Riparian States in developing and utilising the basin’s hydropower resource in a sustainable and responsible way.

The 2018 assistance programme consisted of a series of assisted self-assessments using the HSAP across the river basin followed by an ‘operation stage’ official assessment of the existing Cahora Bassa hydroelectric scheme in Mozambique.

Participants from a range of operators and water resources managers, including Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa, the Zambezi River Authority and ZESCO, learned how to apply the principles enshrined within the HSAP to their own hydropower projects.

João Costa, Senior Sustainability Specialist at IHA, said: “The application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in the Zambezi River Basin provided regional stakeholders with the necessary information to effectively promote, manage and deliver sustainable hydropower and ensure the long-term viability of project benefits.”

Following the completion of the programme, the World Bank published a report titled ‘Application of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in the Zambezi River Basin’ in January 2019. The report provides an overview of the capacity building programme and summarises the results and lessons learned.

In its conclusion, the report notes: “The [Hydropower Sustainability Assessment] Protocol is a useful mechanism to foster cooperation and knowledge sharing among hydropower developers and operators, enhance transparency in the dissemination of information on sustainability performance and promote the sustainability of projects through assessments.”

Kimberly Lyon, Water Resources Management Analyst at the World Bank and co-author of the report, commented: “This work demonstrates the usefulness of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in a range of customised applications and shows that it has value for our clients seeking to elevate the way hydropower projects are developed as part of a process of continuous improvement.”

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol was launched in 2010 and offers a framework for assessing hydropower projects against a comprehensive range of social, environmental, technical and economic criteria.

The HSAP is one of three Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tools, along with the Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines on Good International Industry Practice and the Hydropower Sustainability ESG Gap Analysis Tool, available to the hydropower sector to promote sustainability and measure performance in project planning, development and implementation.

Find out more online:

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Tools will be presented to delegates at a focus workshop prior to the World Hydropower Congress in Paris, 14-16 May 2019, in association with Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Organised by IHA, the high-level biennial event will bring together industry, government, finance, civil society and academia to set priorities for the future of the sector. To register to attend, please visit the event website.