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Our vision

The world is facing a water and energy crisis. Around the globe, 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean water, while 1.2 billion live without access to electricity.

The dominance of fossil fuels in the global energy supply drives climate change, exacerbating these problems. With the global demand for energy expected to increase by up to 61 per cent by 2050, the world must look towards a sustainable, renewable mix of energy sources.

Hydropower, the world’s largest source of renewable electricity, has an increasingly important role to play as part of a mixed energy portfolio in adapting to climate change.

Development is challenging on many fronts. While the way forward for hydropower must be economically and technically robust, its footprint must be one that respects the environment and makes people’s lives better.

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

How will we achieve it?

With over 260 of the world’s river basins shared by two or more countries, the environments in which we operate transcend borders, while the rise of instant communications has deepened our ability to connect both regionally and globally.

We are working with a truly international community. Developers and operators, governments and banks, academia and NGOs, national and international organisations – all of these groups have unique expertise and perspectives to contribute.

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 recognise that the world is changing, and a mixture of expertise and experience is needed to progress; we cannot achieve our vision without building and sharing knowledge.

We use our global reach to seek out and champion best practices in sustainable hydropower development, and to cultivate a vibrant, inclusive and proactive hydropower community.