Supported by banks NGOs and governments

Neutral platform for dialogue

Adopted by industry leaders


The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is a tool to evaluate the sustainability of a hydropower project.

An assessment is valuable for:

- comparison with international best practice,
- management of sustainability issues,
- independent review of sustainability issues,
- communication with stakeholders.

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is now widely used by leading hydropower operators, developers, banks and NGO’s.

Key partners are detailed

Policy and guidance documents which include or discuss the Protocol are detailed

The Protocol is the result of intensive work from 2008 to 2010 by 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. Click
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Added Value

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:


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Assessors visit Itaipu-Binacional

A team of accredited assessors visited Itaipu-Binacional in Brazil and Paraguay to assist with the company’s preparations for their first official assessment using the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.

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New guidance documents published

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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