International Center on Small Hydro Power (ICSHP) is a public and non-profit institution directly under auspices of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), China’s Ministry of Water Resources and Ministry of Commerce, as well as, ICSHP is headquarters of International Network on Small Hydro Power (INSHP), which is an international organization with more than about 400 members from 78 countries.
Co-sponsored by United Nations Organizations (UNDP and UNIDO) and the Chinese government in 1994, the ICSHP was created. The building for ICSHP was constructed and inaugurated for use in 1998, with funding from the Chinese government. The approval of State Council of China, the hosting country of INSHP in 1999, made ICSHP as the first international institution to have ever been established in China. The following year, the legal status of the ICSHP was approved by the Central Institutional Commission and, with an official Trust Fund agreement between the government of China and UNIDO, IC-SHP came directly under the auspices of UNIDO.
The mission of ICSHP is to promote small hydropower development worldwide. Since it was established in 1994, ICSHP has trained over 1000 engineers from 60 countries, provided technical consultations, feasibility study, design, equipment supply and installation on SHP in over 50 developing countries, organized more than 50 international conferences/workshops both in china and abroad, and successfully compiled the first SHP Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project in China. Through the South-South cooperation activities, China’s practice and experience in SHP have been widely disseminated worldwide. ICSHP established four pilot bases on SHP in Hunan, Gansu and Zhejiang provinces of China, and three Sub-centers in India, Nigeria and Columbia.