The Protocol is governed by a multi-stakeholder body, The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council (HSA Council); using a consensus approach in the same spirit in which it was developed. This governing body includes representatives of social and community organisations, environmental organisations, governments, commercial and development banks, and the hydropower sector, meeting four times a year to guide the Protocol’s work programme.
This approach to governance ensures that all stakeholder voices are heard in the shaping of the use of the Protocol and its future development. IHA acts as the Management Entity to the HSA Council and is responsible for the Protocol’s day-to-day operations, as well as other tasks such as overseeing training and accreditation, liaising on assessments, and co-ordinating governance activities.
The Council consists of a series of Chambers, each representing a different segment of hydropower stakeholders, these are:
- Hydropower consultants, contractors or equipment suppliers.
- Hydropower operators or developers.
- Environment or conservation organisations.
- Social impacts, project affected communities, and indigenous peoples'organisations.
- Development, public or commercial banks, financial organisations, and private investors/ investment funds.
- Emerging and developing economy country governments (as classified according to the most recent publicly-available International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook).
- Advanced economy country governments (as classified according to the most recent publicly-available International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook).
Each chambers elected its chair and alternate chair in May 2015 for a two year term. The chamber chairs come together regularly to form the decision-making Governance Committee.
The mission of the Council is to ensure multi-stakeholder input and confidence in the Protocol content and its application, and the Council welcomes and encourages input from, and engagement with, all stakeholders involved in the development of hydropower. All decision-making in the Chambers and by the Governance Committee is by consensus.
Figure 1: Location of Council members