The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is an enhanced sustainability assessment tool used to measure and guide performance in the hydropower sector.
-Is a framework for assessing the sustainability of hydropower projects
-Distils hydropower sustainability into more than 20 clearly-defined topic
-Provides a consistent, globally-applicable methodology
-Is governed by a multi-stakeholder Council
-Regulated by a Charter and Terms and Conditions of use
The Protocol is the result of intensive work from 2008 to 2010 by the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum, a multi-stakeholder body with representatives from social and environmental NGOs (Oxfam, The Nature Conservancy, Transparency International, WWF); governments (China, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Zambia); commercial and development banks (Equator Principles Financial Institutions Group, The World Bank); and the hydropower sector, represented by IHA.
The Protocol was officially launched in Brazil in June 2011 and is governed by a multi-stakeholder council, reflecting the broad stakeholder groups contained in the forum, and made up of a governance committee, chambers and a management entity.
The Protocol now features in a number of other policy and guidance documents, listed here.
Implementation of the Protocol is made possible by the assistance of the European Commission's Life+ programme.
Watch a discussion about hydropower sustainability and the added value of the Protocol by Prof. Dr. Dominik Godde, Director EON Hydro Fleet Germany. Specific discussion regarding the Protocol begins at 6 minutes and 50 seconds
Presentation by IHA on the Added Value of using the Protocol:
NEWS UPDATE 28 AUGUST 2014
A growing number of international organisations have published papers analysing the merits of using the Protocol, including World Bank, IIED and OECD.
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NEWS UPDATE 21 JULY 2014
The first Early Stage assessment used to assess options for proposed development of the Sava River in Zagreb, Croatia.
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