International Hydropower Association


The International Hydropower Association (IHA) was formed under the auspices of UNESCO in 1995 and addresses the role of hydropower in meeting the world’s growing water and energy needs as a clean, renewable and sustainable technology. With members active in more than 80 countries, IHA is a non-governmental, mutual association of organisations and individuals.

IHA aims to advance hydropower’s role in meeting the world’s water and energy needs by:
• Championing continuous improvement and sustainable practices
• Building consensus through strong partnerships with other stakeholders
• Driving initiatives to increase the contribution of renewables, especially hydropower
• Increasing awareness of the role hydropower can play in sustainable development as an important source of renewable energy.

IHA acts as a voice of, and for, hydropower in international governmental and sector water, energy, and climate change for a, and in the media - promoting a fact-based, balanced, consensus-building approach.

The IHA is currently undertaking key initiatives in sustainability, climate change, water, energy, and markets and investment - these include the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and the UNESCO / IHA Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Status of Freshwater Reservoirs Research Project.

IHA organises a World Congress bi-annually. The IHA 2013 World Congress will be held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.


Tel: +44 (0) 20 8652 5290


9 Sutton Court Road, 5th Floor West,
Sutton, Surrey SM1 4SZ
United Kingdom

Memberships & Accreditations

REN Alliance, IHA has consultative and/or observer status with all United Nations agencies addressing water, energy and climate change and cooperates and collaborates with international organisations with interests in renewable energy such as IEA, WEC, and the World Bank. It is an active participant in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Creation Date: 
Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 - 00:58

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