World Hydropower Congress 2019

The World Hydropower Congress brings together leading decision-makers, innovators and experts from industry, government, finance, civil society and academia.

Knowledge sharing, capacity building and stakeholder dialogue are at the heart of this high-level biennial event which is organised by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) and supported by a range of partner organisations.

Shaping new strategies

The World Hydropower Congress provides an unparalleled opportunity to share experiences, guide policies and develop strategies to strengthen the sector’s performance and support sustainable development.

Focus sessions and workshops are co-convened with knowledge partners that bring a depth of understanding to each topic. Partners include United Nations organisations, financial institutions, intergovernmental agencies and research institutes.

Paris | 14-16 May 2019

The 2019 World Hydropower Congress will be held in Paris from 14 to 16 May.

The event, organised in partnership with UNESCO, 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’.

Hundreds of leading decision-makers, innovators and experts from more than 70 countries will be in attendance.

Across 37 invaluable focus sessions and workshops, participation will provide an opportunity to take on new learnings, strengthen networks and build enduring partnerships for the future.

Delegates will share knowledge on how hydropower can be financed, developed and operated sustainably, as they learn from success stories and experiences from across the sector.


Three prestigious awards will be announced during the World Hydropower Congress: the IHA Blue Planet Prize for a sustainable hydropower project, the IHA Mosonyi Award for Excellence in Hydropower, and the IHA Young Researcher Award

Study tours

Participants can join a tour of hydropower projects in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal or Switzerland between 17-18 May.


The languages supported at the World Hydropower Congress are English, Chinese, French and Spanish. Learn more.


Twelve years in the making

IHA hosted the first world congress in Turkey in 2007, followed by Iceland in 2009, Brazil in 2011, Malaysia in 2013, China in 2015, and Ethiopia in 2017. 

The last World Hydropower Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May  2017 drew 700 delegates from more than 60 countries.