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Privacy Policy

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a mutual association of members, including organisations and individual members.

Our headquarters are in London, United Kingdom, and our activities are carried out by two not-for-profit companies: International Hydropower Association Ltd (IHA-L) and IHA Sustainability Ltd (IHA-S).

This privacy policy explains how we use personal information about IHA members and non-members, including users of the websites we manage: and

Topics covered in this policy:

  • Our data commitment to you
  • What information do we collect about you?
  • How will we use the information about you?
  • Access to your information and correction
  • Cookies
  • Changes to our privacy policy
  • How to contact us

Our data commitment to you

IHA is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

We will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) when processing your personal data.

By providing your personal information to IHA you agree to the collection, storage and use of your personal information by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Further details on the GDPR can be found at the website for the Information Commissioner ( For the purposes of the GDPR, IHA Central Office is the “controller” of all personal data we hold about you.

We reserve the right to amend this Privacy Policy from time to time without prior notice. You are advised to check our website for any amendments to the policy.

What information do we collect about you?

We receive and process personal information for membership, membership applications and renewals from IHA members, as well as individuals and organisations who enquire about membership and/or IHA events including the World Hydropower Congress.

For website users, personal information collected may include your IP address. We also collect personal information for website users who have opted in to receive IHA email communications.

How will we use the information about you?

Personal information is stored and processed in accordance with the GDPR. We will not disclose your personal information to third parties, with the exception of service providers or sub-contractors providing data processing services to IHA, unless you agree in advance for this information to be shared.

We would like to send you information about IHA membership services and activities which we believe will be of interest to you. You may receive these communications if you have provided consent or if there is a legitimate interest to send you information about professionally relevant services and opportunities derived from IHA membership.

You may opt out at any point from receiving IHA communications by emailing

How we protect your personal data

We safeguard your personal data to protect it from misuse, unauthorised alteration, loss or destruction.

Your data may be transferred between the United Kingdom and data processors in and beyond the European Union, but this transfer will always be undertaken in a secure way in accordance with applicable data protection laws and regulations.

We will hold your personal data on our systems only for as long as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations. We will notify you in the event of any breach of your personal data which might expose you to serious risk.

All financial information we hold for you will be securely destroyed once it is no longer required.

Access to your information and correction

You have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. We want to make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate.

If you would like a copy of some or all of your personal information, please email or write to us at the following address. We may make a small charge for this service.


Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. For further information visit

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However some of our website features may not function as a result.

Other websites

IHA websites - and -  contain links to other websites. This privacy policy only applies to our websites. When you link to other websites you should read their own privacy policies.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 21 May 2018.

How to contact us

If you have any questions about our privacy policy or information we hold about you, please contact us:

  • by email:
  • by post: IHA Central Office, Chancery House, St Nicholas Way, Sutton, London SM1 1JB, United Kingdom.