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Congress 2019

The World Hydropower Congress brings together industry, government, finance, civil society and academia to set priorities for the future of the sector.
The seventh congress will be held in Paris from 14 to 16 May 2019. The event is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in association with a range of partners.

Climate and SDGs


The 2019 World Hydropower Congress will focus on hydropower’s role in delivering on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, under the theme ‘The Power of Water in a Sustainable, Interconnected World’.

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Registration is open to all, with a 20% discount available to IHA members.

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Take a look at the event programme for the 2019 World Hydropower Congress.

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Benefit from


Tailored workshops from 13-14 May will give professionals and decision-makers the opportunity to build capacity on specialist topics.

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There is a wide range of accommodation available in Paris to suit all budgets.

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In quotes

“The Nature Conservancy participates in the World Hydropower Congress because it is an agenda-setting event, convening the decision-makers and facilitating the discussions critical to the successful energy transition that we are working towards.” – Giulio Boccaletti, Chief Strategy Officer, TNC

“Sarawak Energy looks forward to the 2019 World Hydropower Congress, particularly for the sharing of regional and global industry trends” – Sharbini Suhaili, Group Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Energy

“The 2019 World Hydropower Congress will be an opportunity to discuss the hydropower sector’s vital role in meeting global carbon reduction targets, building a clean energy future and ensuring responsible freshwater management.” – Richard Taylor, Chief Executive, IHA