About the Forum

The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum was initiated in 2007 after a meeting between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the International Hydropower Association (IHA) about endorsement of the IHA Sustainability Assessment Protocol (2006) by parties outside the sector.

The Forum members comprised representatives of developed and developing country governments, the hydropower sector, social and environmental NGOs, and commercial and development banks.

The Forum members jointly reviewed and recommended enhancements to the IHA Sustainability Assessment Protocol (2006), developed as a measurement tool to assess social, environmental and economic performance of hydropower projects and operating facilities against criteria described in the IHA Sustainability Guidelines (2004).

The Forum released a Draft Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol in August 2009, and after a period of consultation and trialling (September-November 2009). A final Protocol was produced in 2010 and was adopted by IHA in November 2010.

Interim Forum status report (July 2009) 
Forum communication and operating procedures