International Hydropower Association

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The International Hydropower Association (IHA) is a large hydropower industry association, operating in 80 countries and pushing large industrial hydropower schemes. In keeping with the history of large hydro, the Association is strongly tied to the aluminium and mining industry.

IHA says it 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[1]


"Formed under the auspices of UNESCO in 1995 as a forum to promote and disseminate good practice and further knowledge about hydropower, today IHA has a Central Office based in London and representative offices and affiliated organizations in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australasia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition, IHA currently has consultative and/or observer status with all United Nations agencies addressing water, energy and climate change."[2]

Funding and finances

Main corporate sponsors include


External Resources


  1. IHA, "IHA About us", IHA homepage, About us intro section. Acessed 12/02/09
  2. IHA, "IHA About us", IHA homepage, About us intro section. Acessed 12/02/09
  3. International Hydropower Association, "Corporate members/sponsors", IHA Homepage. Corporate members section. accessed 12/02/09