Join the Council


All hydropower stakeholders are welcome to join the Protocol Governance Council. New members join one of the council's seven chambers, and participate in the dialogue and decision making which takes place.

Reasons chambers are important

Chambers allow for multi-stakeholder input and confidence in the Protocol content and its application. The Chambers, through their open structure, ensure that the Protocol governance takes place through democratic decision-making processes. The Chambers ensure that there is broad representation across different segments of stakeholders providing input into the ongoing development of the Protocol. The Chambers allow a diverse range of actors from the same stakeholder group to formulate positions for their Chamber representative on the Governance Committee. Chambers allow permeation of best practise ideas and projects across all topics in the Protocol.

Reasons to get involved

Hydropower has a key role to play in development, and significant potential to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. However, it is vital that it is developed in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner. The Chambers offer a great opportunity to contribute to ensuring that it does so. Linked to this, Chambers choose their own representatives on the Governance Committee. Participation ensures chamber members have their voice heard in electing representatives to speak for their stakeholder group. The Chambers are open to all – members participate in a global democratic process. Chambers represent a fantastic opportunity for members to network with other organisations working in the same area of focus, from all over the world. 

Responsibilities of chamber members

Chamber members act as a source of opinion and develop positions for their Governance Committee representatives, which may involve reading and providing written contributions. Members are requested to react to and contribute discussion papers, and participate in webinars, teleconferences, and possibly in person meetings on an ‘as needed’ basis. Ideally members sould be able to participate in General Meetings of the Council, which are  held at least every two years in conjunction with the IHA Congress. Depending on the financial development of the Council, some funding to support participation from developing country members may become available. Members act as experts contributing positions and learning to the Council and its working groups. Members participate in democratic processes to elect representatives on the Governance Committee.

Sign up

Please download this application form 

Your completed application should be emailed to

The application will be processed by the Protocol Management Entity and after a period of four weeks, if no objection is raised to the application, an acceptance letter will be sent to the applicant. This letter will give details of the applicant’s chamber coordinator and will confirm the responsibilities of a chamber member. If objections are raised then the application will be discussed in the next governance committee meeting.

More infomation

Please feel free to contact the Management entity, housed within IHA, at