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The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol is an enhanced sustainability assessment tool used to measure and guide performance in the hydropower sector.

The Protocol:
     -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 is managed by the International Hydropower Association.

Implementation of the Protocol is made possible by the assistance of the European Commission's Life+ programme.

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
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Presentation by IHA on the Added Value of using the Protocol:


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News

NEWS UPDATE 14 MARCH 2014

Planning begins for assessment of multi-purpose Sava River project, Croatia

Early-stage planning is under way for a multi-purpose hydropower programme on the Sava River in Croatia.

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NEWS UPDATE 22 JANUARY 2014

Protocol presented at UN-Water Conference

Protocol presented at UN-Water Conference: integrated approaches to water–energy issues.

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