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2020 Hydropower Status Report


Now in its seventh edition, the 2020 Hydropower Status Report is published at a time of great global uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This report, compiled by IHA and its team of researchers and analysts, finds that:

2020 Hydropower Status Report (PPT)


Presentation on the 2020 Hydropower Status Report.

This PowerPoint slide pack includes headline information and infographics on worldwide hydropower installed capacity and generation data.

These slides can be used in external presentations provided the source is credited as 'International Hydropower Association (IHA), 2020 Hydropower Status Report'.

To download the full report pdf please visit the publication page.

Blog: Hydropower for the 21st century in Latin America and the Caribbean

The modernisation of the hydropower fleet in Latin America and the Caribbean needs to go beyond 'business as usual', write Arturo Alarcón, Senior Energy Specialist at the Inter-American Bank (IDB) and Maria Ubierna, Hydropower Specialist at the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in a joint blog.

Read the blog in Spanish on IDB's website.


Senior Sustainability Specialist

João joined IHA in October 2017. His work focuses on developing and implementing a suite of sustainability tools which provide guidance to the hydropower sector, as well as a means for assessing a project’s performance. João takes a leading role in delivering training and managing capacity-building projects to drive sustainable hydropower development worldwide.

He has previously worked as a civil engineer on numerous international projects, including hydropower and other infrastructure schemes in Portugal, UK and the Middle East.

João holds an MPhil in engineering for sustainable development from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in civil engineering from Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon.

Gaining Indigenous Peoples’ consent for sustainable hydropower 

7 May 2020

Good practice guidance seeks Indigenous communities’ free, prior and informed consent for hydropower development

New sustainability guidance will give increased confidence to local communities, industry and investors that hydropower projects can be successfully developed while respecting Indigenous People’s lands, rights and culture.

Achieving Indigenous consent for hydropower in Nepal

7 May 2020

In Nepal, the Tamang Indigenous People gave their free, prior and informed consent to a new 216 megawatt run-of-river project.

The River Trishuli flows down the steep Himalayas and enters Nepal with such force and speed that it was named after the trident of Lord Shiva, the most powerful of Hindu gods. Legend has it he drove his trident into the ground to create the source of the sacred river.

Hydropower assessment tools aligned with World Bank standards  

Sustainability assessment tools have been enhanced to better align with ESG requirements set by international financial institutions such as IFC and the World Bank. 

Use of the Hydropower Sustainability Tools will mean hydropower developers better understand how their project can achieve the performance standards required by major investment banks for all types of infrastructure projects.  

Q&A: Indigenous Peoples, FPIC and hydropower

In May 2020, the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Council updated the Hydropower Sustainability Tools, which are used by independent assessors to assess a hydropower project’s performance in accordance with internationally recognised good and best practices.

The changes include the addition of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) as a requirement of meeting good practice for hydropower projects that affect Indigenous Peoples.

Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines


The Hydropower Sustainability Guidelines on Good International Industry Practice (HGIIP) define performance expectations for hydropower projects.


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