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August 2014

Call for Expressions of Interest opened

We have now launched a call for expressions of interest (EOI) for AWS interim accreditation for training service providers, consultants and conformity assessment bodies. EOIs are requested from suitably qualified organizations by Monday September 29th. The EOI scoping document can be accessed at http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/assets/documents/EoI_scoping_paper_Aug14_FINAL.pdf


AWS training being rolled out

Following the recent launch of the AWS Standard, the AWS training program is taking shape. To follow on from pilot training in Peru, supported by SECO, WSA held a successful training pilot in Australia in June. These foundation trainings focused on the introduction to water stewardship and the AWS Standard. Further events are planned in China (see below), India and South Africa. For more details on our training program please email us  


New EWS Gold Level Certification: BASF in Ludwigshafen

Congratulations to the newest gold certified water steward, BASF production site in Ludwigshafen! External certification body, TUV NORD, assessed the entire water management performance on-site, from extraction of water to its reintroduction to the River Rhine. The Head of Environment & Permits at BASF, Dr. Linda von dem Bussche noted that the high demand of water on-site signals a high priority to develop sustainable water use within the corporate strategy “The EWS standard supports us in further driving the efficient use of water at our site and in achieving our global water goals.”  An article published in the Global Compact International Yearbook further highlights BASF’s water stewardship journey.


Summary report on pilot implementation of Beta AWS Standard in Chile

Following a pilot implementation of the beta AWS Standard at Montes´s winery in Santa Cruz, Colchagua, Chile, a summary report has been prepared. To view this report visit this link 


MOUs signed with regional partners

During an event at the Global Water Centre in Milwaukee, USA on August 27th, AWS and the Water Council signed an MOU to cover the next phase of their partnership. Dean Amhaus, President and CEO of the Water Council, and Adrian Sym, AWS Executive Director, both expressed their enthusiasm for AWS in the North America region. The Water Council hosted the AWS regional initiative for NortMOU signing h America during the development of the AWS Standard  and this MOU will see a continuation of that relationship as the Water Council has being the regional representative of AWS for North America. For more information on the water council please visit http://www.thewatercouncil.com/

AWS has also concluded an MOU with the Hindustan Unilever Foundation covering work to explore community-based water stewardship in India. This MOU follows a successful pilot project last year which explored the potential for the AWS Standard to inform local water governance committees in the Indian state of Gujarat. For more information please visit the HUF website at http://www.hul.co.in/aboutus/foundation/

AWS and Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) also recently renewed their MOU, enabling WSA to drive AWS forward in Asia-Pacific. WSA is one of the founders of AWS.


AWS in the media

AWS has featured in several media articles in recent weeks. Here is a selection of links

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/business/energy-environment/counting-each-drop-corporate-concern-mounts-about-water-supplies.html?_r=0

http://www.wateronline.com/doc/new-standard-applies-to-every-water-manager-everywhere-0001

http://www.eco-business.com/opinion/why-corporate-stewardship-makes-good-business-sense/

http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2014/08/04/10-companies-innovating-water-making-waves-water-innovation

http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/05/sustainability-leaders-promote-new-global-standard-freshwater-stewardship/

http://thewatercouncil.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/delta-sky-magazine-features-milwaukee-water/


Recent events

AWS and EWS event showcases innovative strategies  

Representatives from environmental organizations, policy and businesses gathered at Finland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union on 3 July 2014 to attend the event “Water Stewardship: Local Actions Driving Global Impacts”. The event was organized by AWS  and regional partner European Water Stewardship (EWS).Panel discussion  The event showcased real world stories from companies on their journey towards water stewardship.

Representatives from diverse sectors; such as European Crop Protection Association (ECPA), water service provider Thames Water Commercial Services Limited, local mineral water bottler Chaudfontaine and global paper retailer, Stora Enso, shared their experiences developing a course of action to confront water-related risks in their operations.

A panel of leading organizations including BASF SE, Control Union Certifications WWF-UK, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD) and CDP highlighted the role of water stewardship in the sustainable management of global water resources. Panellists agreed that order to effectively manage their risks, companies need to look within the river basin of their operations and tailor corporate actions and goals to the local setting of water use.

The panel also highlighted the crucial role of government actors in setting the ground for Water Stewardship. Nicola Notaro from DG Environment of the European Commission commented on the important role of businesses, as key water users, in securing water resources for the future, with Water Stewardship clearly complementary to EU water objectives. For more information on the event please visit http://www.ewp.eu/5382/water-stewards-showcase-innovative-strategies-for-water-management/

Other recent events

AWS participated in the 8th African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production, May 12-16, Windhoek, Namibia. The theme of the event was ‘’Mobilizing Partnerships and Scaling up Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa’’. This event provided an excellent opportunity to highlight the role that water stewardship can play in supporting the Ten Year Framework of Programme on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), which highlights the importance water to driving more sustainable patterns of consumption and production (SCP). More information at http://www.arscp.org/

Also in May, AWS Executive Director presented at the EU Water Initiative Africa Working Group in Dakar, Senegal. This presentation was done alongside German development organization GIZ which is supporting the development of AWS as part of its International Water Stewardship Program.

AWS regional partner for Asia-Pacific, Water Stewardship Australia, presented a paper “Water Stewardship: A Global Framework for Responsible Water Use” at the Singapore international Water Week in June. The paper was presented by AWS Chair Michael Spencer and WSA board member Prof. John Langford.

Following his presentation in Singapore, Michael moved on to China where he presented at the RISI Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference in Shanghai. Michael’s presentation explored Managing Water Risk and Enhancing Social License.

The Water Council, AWS’s regional partner for North America, hosted its annual Global Water Summit in Milwaukee, USA from June 18-19. This provided an ideal opportunity to publicize the recently-concluded MOU between AWS and the Water Council. More information on the summit can be accessed at http://www.thewatercouncil.com/watersummit/

AWS was also invited to present at a conference in Hanoi, Viet Nam: “Green Growth on the RiGGI event participantsse in the Mekong River Basin” hosted by Vietnam National Mekong Committee (VNMC), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Adrian Sym focused his presentation on how the AWS Standard can support the development of green infrastructure. 


Stockholm World Water Week

AWS will again be co-convening a half-day seminar at Stockholm World Water Week. The seminar will focus on improving the impacts of water stewardship and will be co-convened by AWS, GIZ, WSBSD, WIN and the UN CEO Water Mandate. Details can be accessed at http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/improving-the-impacts-3889


South Africa Advisory Group

The first meeting of AWS’s newly-formed South Africa Advisory Group took place on July 16th at GIZ offices in Pretoria. The advisory group’s primary purpose is to provide guidance on how successful roll out of the AWS Standard and AWS programs in South Africa can be achieved in alignment with and internationally-consistent water stewardship system. While the groups focus is initially on South Africa, the intent is that the lessons and experiences will inform broader roll-out across the continent. 


Farewell to Sabine von Wirén-Lehr

After 6 years directing the European Water Stewardship Program, and five years representing EWP on the AWS Board, Sabine von Wirén-Lehr has decided to move on and redirect her professional career in a broader sustainability context. Sabine’s contribution to water stewardship has been outstanding, as evidenced by the thriving EWS system and solid partnership between EWS and AWS. We wish Sabine great success in her new role. Click here to read the official EWP announcement on Sabine’s departure.


Update of the Water Footprint Assessment Tool

AWS Founding Partner WFN (Water Footprint Network) has released a new version of the Water Footprint Assessment Tool. The tool provides clear insight into how water is appropriated for human uses and the impacts resulting from those uses. For more information please visit http://www.waterfootprint.org/tool/about-the-tool/


Water Benefit Standard launch

Another AWS Founding Partner, The Gold Standard Foundation, will launch its Water Benefit Standard at this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm. The Water Benefit Standard is designed to drive critically needed finance to water projects worldwide. Certified projects receive Water Benefit Certificates (WBCs), which represent a specific volume of water that has been sustainably supplied, purified or conserved. For more information please visit http://www.goldstandard.org/water


Water Ethics Charter

AWS is participating in the steering committee for the process to develop a Water Ethics Charter.  This initiative was a recommendation of the 2012 World Water Forum in Marseille, with the process being coordinated by UNESCO, the Water Culture Institute and the, Botin Foundation. An initial draft, ‘Brainstorming Elements for the Development of a Water Ethics Charter’ is on the Water Ethics website at http://www.waterculture.org/Water_Ethics_Charter.html  and is now open for comments. 


Upcoming events

Stockholm World Water Week

August 31 to September 5. AWS seminar on September 2nd, 09:00-12:30 (http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/improving-the-impacts-3889)

Water Stewardship: Facilitating Business Action to Solve Water Challenges

Hosted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

September 8, 2014, Washington D.C. More information at http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/event/water-stewardship

AWS training in China

AWS will be hosting a training event in Shanghai, China. Tentative date is September 12th. For more information please contact Michael Spencer at michael@waterstewardship.org.au

IWA Water & Industry Forum

AWS Executive Director Adrian Sym will be speaking at the Water & Industry Forum and the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition, 21-26 September, Lisbon, Portugal

WEFTEC

87th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference, September 27- October 1, New Orleans, USA. More information at http://www.wef.org/Conferences/page.aspx?id=113

3rd Annual Corporate Water Risk Conference – 15% AWS Discount

AWS is supporting the 3rd Annual Corporate Water Risk Conference taking place in London, UK on 29th January 2015.  This annual one-day event brings together forward-thinking professionals looking to improve their resilience to water-related risk, increase water efficiency, engage their stakeholders and improve water stewardship.

Organisations speaking include the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, SABMiller, Willmott Dixon Holdings, Ford Motor Company, Marks & Spencer, CDP and more.

15% Discount code – Alliance for Water Stewardship members can get a 15% discount to attend.  Simply register online at www.SB-water.net and enter AWS15 in the promotional code box.


May 2014

Regional delivery model taking shape

We are strengthening our partnerships with credible organizations to represent AWS and deliver AWS services at a regional level. Over the coming months this model and the details of our partnerships will be firmed up. EWP AWS MOUOur aim is that, wherever possible, AWS will be represented at a regional level and engage regional stakeholders in AWS governance through partnerships. Partners will also be the point of engagement for AWS services like training. We have already signed MOUs with Water Stewardship Australia and the European Water Partnership (pictured here with Tom Vereijken, EWP Chair) to represent AWS in their respective regions, and we expect to conclude similar agreements with other regional organizations in the coming weeks. In addition, we have begun a partnership with the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) to develop partnerships and roll out the AWS program in Africa.  This partnership is supported by BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) and DFID (UK Department for International Development). 

 


European event scheduled for July 3rd

Together with our European representative EWS we will host an event in Brussels on July 3rd titled “Water Stewardship: Local Actions Driving Global Impact”. The event will take place at Finland's Permanent Representation to the European Union, Avenue de Cortenbergh 80, B-1000 Brussels, from 14:00-17:00. The conference will be followed by a networking opportunity. For more information and to register please visithttp://www.ewp.eu/5043/save-the-date-water-stewardship-local-actions-driving-global-impact/


FEMSA Foundation picks up water stewardship prize

One of AWS’s most long-standing partners, FEMSA Foundation, has picked up the prestigious Corporate Water Stewardship Award at the 2014 Global Water Summit. FEMSA Foundation received the award alongside its partner Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Heineken. Each year, the coveted Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, the major business conference for the water industry worldwide. The Awards acknowledge the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories. For more information please visit http://www.globalwaterawards.com/ 


Water Ethics Charter

In March AWS Executive Director Adrian Sym participated in the the inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee for the Water Ethics Charter Initiative, hosted by UNESCO in Paris.  The Committee ratified the basic conception of the Charter process as laid out in a Background Document.   In addition to AWS, the following organizations are represented on the Steering Committee: UNESCO, French Water Academy, Water-Culture Institute, Club of Rome, Indigenous Environment Network, Youth Water Network, Botin Foundation Water Observatory, and Centre for Research on Water Use Ethics. Click here for a report of the meeting. 

 


CDP Webinar

A recording of the CDP webinar on April 22nd in which we introduced the AWS Standard  and how it supports improved water disclosure is available at this link


Australian launch attracts national attention

Our regional partner Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) held an Australian launch of the International Water Stewardship Standard at SA Water in Adelaide in cooperation with the Water Industry Alliance on the 16th of April.  Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) Chair Craig Knowles was a special guest at the launch.  He acknowledged the importance of engaging all stakeholders in water solutions and the role water stewardship could play in providing a framework for communities and industry to develop their own water stewardship solutions.  Other speakers included WSA Deputy Chair Julia Seddon from Inghams Enterprises who spoke about her company’s successful experience working with the water stewardship system; and Claire Miller from Dairy Australia and Carl Walters from the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority spoke about their experience field trialling the water stewardship system and the benefits they had gained for their organisations.  New WSA Director Andy Roberts from the Water Industry Alliance spoke about his organisation’s interest in water stewardship.

To coincide with the Australian launch of the international standard WSA Secretary Michael Spencer, International Standard Development Committee member Prof. John Langford and Group Manager Environment at Inghams Enterprises Julia Seddon were interviewed on the ABC Radio National program Bush Telegraph.  The interview is available as an ABC podcast
 

Also in Australia, Chair of the National Water Commission Karlene Maywald congratulated WSA and AWS on the release of the international water stewardship standard.  Ms Maywald said:  “We share their (WSA and AWS) enthusiasm for the water stewardship concept and look forward to it becoming even more widely adopted.  In a world increasingly worried about the security of water resources, water stewardship is not just the business of governments.  Creation of globally recognised water stewardship standards and certification procedures will encourage all water users to adopt practices that are environmentally sustainable, socially beneficial and economically productive.”  The full text of Ms Maywald’s statement is available here: NWC message for launch ofAWS Standard. 


AWS Founding Partners recognized

The launch of the Standard also gave us the opportunity to recognize our Founding Partners; organizations that have committed to the principles of water stewardship and to being part of our transition into a global multi-stakeholder organization. We are proud to be associated with the following leading organizations

Founding Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


AWS Standard launched in Peru

Marking the culmination of a four-year global multi-stakeholder process, the AWS Standard was officially launched on April 8th 2014 in Lima, Peru.

AWS Chair Michael Spencer opened the event which included participation from some oDr. Pachauri's video messagef our key partners from Latin America and around the world, including a video address by Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director General of TERI and Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Several of AWS’s Founding Partners were also present, as were some members of the International Standard development committee, the multi-stakeholder group appointed by AWS to develop the Standard.

We were also able to introduce the range of services to support the delivery of the Standard, specifically AWS membership offering, training and verification.

Peruvian government officials were also present at the event which was held in advance of the Working Conference of the UN Global Compact’sCEO Water Mandate.


To download a copy of the AWS Standard please visit our Standard page.

To see a video of the 60-minute event please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05hkyRK9nvQ  


Upcoming Events

On May 8-9, in Bogota; AWS and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) will deliver a technical workshop along the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers (Federacion Nacional de Cafeteros-FNC) as part of the Intelligent Water Management project. The workshop will be mostly based on the AWS standard 1.0 and it will be addressed to farmers from several coffee departments of the country, who are already implementing sustainable water practices in their processes.

ARSCP8: AWS will be amongst the new initiatives introduced at the 8th African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production, May 12-16, Windhoek, Namibia. The theme of the event is ‘’Mobilizing Partnerships and Scaling up Sustainable Consumption and Production in Africa’’. More information at http://www.arscp.org/

SMART WATER LEADERSHIP SUMMIT: AWS-NA Coordinator Lisa Downes will speak at the Smart Water Leadership Summit in Washington, DC May 6-7 
http://www.smartwaterleadership.com/index.html
 

WATER SUMMIT 14: The Water Council will host Water Summit 14:  Thriving in the Global Economy, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA June 18-19
http://www.thewatercouncil.com/watersummit/ 

AWS and EWS event “Water Stewardship: Local Actions Driving Global Impact”, July 3rd, Brussels. More information at http://www.ewp.eu/5043/save-the-date-water-stewardship-local-actions-driving-global-impact/

MONEY2WATER

AWS is supporting Money₂Water - Global Water Investment Summit, taking place

7-8 May 2014
Grange St Pauls, London
www.money2water.com

AWS Board members Cate Lamb and Thomas Chiramba will be speaking at this event.

Euromoney Water Events has been created to bring together the participants in the international water industry. Compiled in collaboration with an Advisory Board of highly regarded industry names, Money₂Water covers Water from an investment, finance and innovation perspective.

Learn more about M2W Advisory Board here: http://goo.gl/uhw8eX

M₂W aims to provide a platform for key stakeholders to network, exchange investment opportunities and explore new technologies. Join us in London and get involved in the water challenge.

Innovation2Water Showcase Exhibition: Promote your technology, services and innovations.
Reserve a stand now and exhibit at Innovation2Water Showcase to ensure you engage with potential investors and senior decision makers. AWS members receive 20% off the rate card!

For more information on this event please contact Romain Ollichon, Head of Marketing,rollichon(at)euromoneyplc(dot)com

CANADIAN WATER SUMMIT

Alexis Morgan will be a member of the opening panel of the Canadian Water Summit discussing AWS in the context of best practices for urban water management in Canada and beyond. 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 18
http://www.watersummit.ca/


April 2014

AWS Standard launched

AWS Standard launched in Lima, Peru

Marking the culmination of a four-year global multi-stakeholder process, the AWS Standard was officially launched on April 8th 2014 in Lima, Peru.

AWS Chair Michael Spencer opened the event which included participation from some of our key partners from Latin America and around the world, including a video address by Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director General of TERI and Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Several of AWS’s Founding Partners were also present, as were some members of the International Standard development committee, the multi-stakeholder group appointed by AWS to develop the Standard.

Peruvian government officials were also present at the event which was held in advance of the Working Conference of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate.

To download a copy of the AWS Standard please visit our Standard page.

To see a video of the 60-minute event please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05hkyRK9nvQ or use the link below.


FEMSA Foundation picks up water stewardship prize

AWS congratulates FEMSA Foundation on winning prestigious water stewardship award

One of AWS’s most long-standing partners, FEMSA Foundation, has picked up the prestigious Corporate Water Stewardship Award at the 2014 Global Water Summit. FEMSA Foundation received the award alongside its partner Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Heineken. Each year, the coveted Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, the major business conference for the water industry worldwide. The Awards acknowledge the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories. For more information please visit http://www.globalwaterawards.com/


Press release on launch of AWS Standard

AWS press release on occassion of the launch of the AWS Standard

TOP GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS PLEDGE TO SUPPORT WATER STEWARDSHIP
Nestle, General Mills and others commit to Alliance for Water Stewardship and support launch of
international standard

April 8, 2014/ Lima, Peru – Nestlé and General Mills were among major businesses which today
announced their commitment to the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), alongside 27 other
leading organizations including FEMSA Foundation, Water Footprint Network, WaterAid, World
Wildlife Fund (WWF), and The Nature Conservancy in promoting a global framework for sustainable
use of the world's limited freshwater resources. 


Water is a shared resource critical for human health, driving the economy, and maintaining
freshwater species. Yet due to a myriad of factors, including growing demand, climate change and
pollution, fresh water in many regions is increasingly at risk.


"We are excited to see these global leaders join us on the journey towards sustainable and equitable
water use," said Michael Spencer, Chair of AWS's board and representative of Water Stewardship
Australia. "Safeguarding fresh water requires collaboration across many sectors. Governments and
civil society help ensure proper water management for people and nature. Companies can be better
stewards of fresh water to safeguard their business and contribute to protecting the catchments they
share with local communities."


The announcement comes as AWS releases the first International Water Stewardship Standard 1.0, a
global framework to promote sustainable freshwater use.


"This is a wonderful opportunity to help private- and public-sector water users and managers
become responsible water stewards, who protect and enhance freshwater resources for people and
nature," said Alexis Morgan, Director, Global Water Roundtable, WWF. "The standard enables
companies to demonstrate water stewardship and water risk mitigation to their local communities,
investors and suppliers. In doing so, WWF believes that companies will not only safeguard their
business, but also demonstrate leadership in conserving fresh water."


"As a global food company, water is critical to General Mills' business," said Jerry Lynch, Vice
President, Chief Sustainability Officer, General Mills. "We have an interest and a responsibility to
protect the quality and supply of water upon which our business depends, and actively look for ways
to collaborate with others to benefit our growers, the community and the environment. We
wholeheartedly embrace this challenge and are proud to be a founding partner with AWS as they
seek to define the global standard on responsible water stewardship."


AWS offers a variety of ways to improve, incentivize and recognize responsible water use, including
helping members engage key stakeholders within their watershed and supply chain. The AWS
Standard defines criteria for good water stewardship and was designed to align with other
sustainability initiatives and support independent certification with varying levels of recognition.
"Nestlé supports the efforts of AWS to promote water stewardship internationally and assist
companies to manage water-related risk at a site and catchment level," said Carlo Galli, Water
Resources, Technical & Strategic Advisor, Nestlé. "The AWS Standard will enable companies to better
assess their performance against a defined set of principles, identify opportunities for improvement
and take collaborative steps to improve their water use."


The Standard was developed through a four-year, multi-stakeholder, global water roundtable
process that included a diversity of business, public sector and civil society interests from around the
world, as well as pilot projects held in seven countries. Over the course of nine months, leading
companies in pulp and paper, mining, chemicals, oil and gas, water service provision and agriculture
applied the Standard to test its feasibility and applicability. These projects helped define targets in
water governance, water balance, water quality and other important water-related areas.


"We are delighted to be able to launch the Standard here in Peru, a country that in many ways
epitomizes the challenges of managing water wisely in a world where social, economic and
environmental pressures collide," said Adrian Sym, Executive Director of AWS. "The work we have
done in the asparagus sector here highlights how international demand for more and different foods
can threaten the water resources that communities and companies depend on, and the need to work
collectively to safeguard these resources and the livelihoods they support."


To encourage understanding and engagement around water, AWS is also launching a capacity development
program and membership opportunities. By joining AWS organizations can learn what
they can do to help protect shared resources, as well as shape the future of water stewardship.

 


February 2014

Launch of AWS Standard confirmed for April 8th

The global launch of the AWS Standard is scheduled for April 8th in Lima Peru. The launch event is being held alongside the Working Conference of the CEO Water Mandate in the Hilton Hotel, Miraflores District, Lima. In addition, we will be holding regional events to introduce the Standard in the weeks following the global launch. More details coming soon


ISDC meets for final time

The ISDC met last month in France to review the feedback gathered from stakeholders and field tests of the Beta AWS Standard. The public consultation period on the Beta Standard generated 31 formal respondents (some representing groups) using the online survey, feedback from attendants on four subject-led teleconferences (IWRAs, StakeholISDC Parisder Engagement, Boundaries, WASH) and numerous conference presentations. Twelve field tests provided feedback from on-the-ground implementation. Note that some testing is still underway and is likely to continue up to and beyond the release of the 1.0 version of the AWS Standard in April. 

Overall, stakeholders have generally expressed satisfaction with the Beta AWS Standard with the vast majority indicating that it was a significant improvement over the first draft. Most sites implementing the Beta Standard suggested it was viable and valuable. General themes of the concerns discussed were: the verification requirements, burden of implementation and uptake, clarity and interpretation, gaps, linkages to other initiatives, continual improvement in performance and indirect water use.

Generally, the Standard has been modified to address all concerns. Some highlights of these modifications are below.

  • Vague language will be eliminated as much as possible, narrowing the opportunity for audit inconsistency
  • Examples will be given in guidance to illustrate what qualifying actions could look like
  • WASH provision on site will be explicitly included in the Standard
  • Stakeholder engagement will be clarified and more guidance will be included to show how requirements can be fulfilled
  • Risk language has been more explicitly added to Step 2 with more guidance on how information gathered can be translated into a water stewardship plan that addresses a site’s water risk
  • Performance criteria will be modified to encourage continual improvement
  • Indirect water will be expanded to include outgoing water including some outsourced services

The full complement of stakeholder feedback and ISDC responses will be available in advance of the launch of AWS Standard 1.0 on April 8th.  For more information or questions, email Alexis Morgan (alexis.morgan@wwfus.org). 


Time running out to join AWS Founding Partner program

With only five weeks left before the release of the AWS Standard, time is running out to join leading organizations and be recognized through our Founding Partners program. Up to the release of the AWS Standard on April 8th, 2014 we are offering organizations the opportunity to become a “Founding Partner” of AWS. These Partnerships will provide the cornerstone for AWS to grow as a collaborative tool for dealing with shared water risk. The AWS Standard will enable organizations to

  • Understand and systematically manage water related risks and impacts
  • Contribute to watershed-level challenges and better manage natural capital related to water
  • Work collectively with others to contribute to green or sustainable economic development

Founding Partners will be able to showcase their association with AWS and demonstrate their leadership in dealing with one of the planet’s most urgent and complex threats.

What is the AWS Founding Partners Program?

Up to April 2014, we are seeking Founding Partners from each of our three stakeholder groups: corporate, civil society and public sector. The program is designed to support the development of AWS during the first year of full implementation of the AWS Standard. Becoming a Founding Partner involves a one-year commitment to support the institutional development of AWS.   

This is a one-off opportunity to create a brand association with the world’s leading organization in water stewardship.  Founding Partners will gain international recognition for leadership in promoting water stewardship. Our Board organizations will help to bring global attention to the release of the AWS Standard enabling Founding Partners’ contributions to be highlighted to a wide and captive audience. 

What are the benefits of being an AWS Founding Partner?

  • Opportunity to be distinguished for leadership in driving innovative solutions to shared water risks
  • Association with AWS as we build our innovative program and multi-stakeholder organization
  • Recognition by AWS, including on the AWS website and at high-profile international events
  • AWS membership dues waiver for 2014
  • Heavily discounted participation in AWS training and other activities during the year

How do I become an AWS Founding Partner?

For more details of the Founding Partners program, and information on how to apply, please contact AWS Executive Director, Adrian Sym, at adrian(at)allianceforwaterstewardship(dot)org

Many leading organizations are already participating in AWS.  This is your opportunity to be distinguished for  leadership in collaborative solutions to the world’s social and environmental problems.


North America events

On January 21, AWS-NA Coordinator Lisa Downes Chaired the Corporate Water Risk Conference.

Lisa also spoke at the American Water Summit.  A video of her remarks is here, and a summary of the Summit can be found on Growing Blue.


Abu Dhabi Water Guide launch

AWS Executive Director Adrian Sym gave a keynote presentation at the launch of the Abu Dhabi Water Guide on 26th February. Produced by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and titleAbu Dhabi Water guide launchd ‘Protecting our Shared Resource – Sustainable Water Use for Organizations,’ the guide aims to encourage a behaviour change in organizations to support the implementation of the recently published Abu Dhabi Water Resource Management Strategy. Abu Dhabi is currently extracting groundwater twenty five times faster that it can be naturally replenished, while over-reliance on desalination presents its own significant challenges. The guide, published in Arabic and English and can be downloaded at http://www.ead.ae//_data/global/brochures/water_guide_en.pdf.   

Also in Abu Dhabi, AWS was a supporting organization at the second International Water Summit, held in January. Adrian spoke at two sessions: “Engaging with End Users to Motivate Behavioural Change and Cultural Perception Towards Water Usage” and “It’s not Gadgets is People that Save Water”. More information on the IWS website http://iwsabudhabi.com/


SAI shares the water stewardship approach with its members

As part of EWP’s collaboration with SAI, and in preparation for the Water Stewardship  Seminar for SAI Members in Sevilla, Spain on March 1st and 2nd, 2014  Maria Valle and Sabine von Wirén Lehr presented the EWS approach in the SAI Platform Webinar: Water Stewardship: The importance of watershed approach in water management to ensure business long term viability.

Are you interested in hosting a webinar on Water Stewardship for your company or member’s of your association? Find more information about our webinars and trainings at:http://www.ewp.eu/activities/ews/get-involved/participate-in-a-training/ or get in touch directly by emailing: m.valle@ewp.eu!


Global Leadership and Technology Projects Exchange

AWS was represented at the Global Leadership and Technology Projects Exchange, held in Amsterdam in November. Adrian Sym presented the case study of Mintails, a South African gold mining operation which is using the AWS Standard as a framework to drive their stewardship-based business model. This case study formed part of the publication released at this high profile event: “Dispatches from the policy frontline” which highlights successful activities at the frontline of nexus policymaking. A copy of the full report can be accessed http://www.xynteo.com/media/fa8c9306c2833c91a9a2ffe972bb4f3aa5f88c78/Shapers report for web.pdf


Training in Peru

A well-attended AWS training workshop was held in Lima, Peru on 17th February. The workshop was hosted by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).  Participants came from a range of sectors engaged in an interactive program that was co-developed and delivered by SGS Peru. We would like to thank SECO and SGS for their assistance in making this workshop such a success. More information can be seen at the website of Swiss Cooperation in Peru http://www.cooperacionsuizaenperu.org.pe/seco-notas-de-prensa/71-seco-noticias/1799-19%20de%20febrero%20de%202014


Water stewardship film from South Africa

As part of the ongoing trial of the Beta AWS Standard with farmers in South Africa supplying Marks & Spencer and Woolworths, WWF has produced a short film on the project. This is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVGjkpLb1Ss


Stakeholder workshop in Delhi, India

Together with TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and the Centre for ResponStakeholder meeting in Delhisible Business (CRB), AWS convened a workshop for Indian stakeholders on 18th December. As a formal input into the revision of the AWS Standard, this workshop aimed to understand how AWS can be most effectively applied in India, building off and reinforcing efforts such as those of TERI and CRB, and identify projects in which the AWS Standard can be pilot tested in India.  A total of 27 participants engaged in interactive discussions and debate in driving water stewardship forward in India. A full report can be accessed at on the South Asia page of our website

Also in India, Adrian Sym spoke on "Water Use Efficiency (WUE): An approach to global water security and sustainability" at the India Water Forum, hosted by  TERI in October. More information at http://www.teriin.org/events/iwf/


Upcoming Events

GLOBAL LAUNCH OF THE AWS STANDARD

April 8th, Lima Peru

NATIONAL WATER STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP, MADRID, SPAIN

EWS is offering a half-day workshop “water stewardship; from concept to application” on 21st March in Madrid, Spain. For more information please see http://www.ewp.eu/

NEXUS 2014 AT UNC CHAPEL HILL North Carolina USA March 5-8 http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/

GLOBAL WATER SUMMIT, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, June 18-19: http://www.thewatercouncil.com/watersummit/

MONEY2WATER

AWS is supporting Money₂Water - Global Water Investment Summit, taking place 7-8 May 2014,  Grange St Pauls, London www.money2water.com AWS Board members Cate Lamb and Thomas Chiramba will be speaking at this event.

Euromoney Water Events has been created to bring together the participants in the international water industry. Compiled in collaboration with an Advisory Board of highly regarded industry names, Money₂Water covers Water from an investment, finance and innovation perspective.

Learn more about M2W Advisory Board here: http://goo.gl/uhw8eX

M₂W aims to provide a platform for key stakeholders to network, exchange investment opportunities and explore new technologies. Join us in London and get involved in the water challenge.

Innovation2Water Showcase Exhibition: Promote your technology, services and innovations.

Reserve a stand now and exhibit at Innovation2Water Showcase to ensure you engage with potential investors and senior decision makers. AWS members receive 20% off the rate card!

Register by 21 March and save £200

For more information on this event please contact Romain Ollichon, Head of Marketing, rollichon@euromoneyplc.com


November 2013

AWS Founding Partner Program Launched

Up to the release of the AWS Standard in April 2014, we are offering organizations the opportunity to become a “Founding Partner” of AWS. These Partnerships will provide the cornerstone for AWS to grow as a collaborative tool for dealing with shared water risk. The AWS Standard will enable organizations to

  • Understand and systematically manage water related risks and impacts
  • Contribute to watershed-level challenges and better manage natural capital related to water
  • Work collectively with others to contribute to green or sustainable economic development

Founding Partners will be able to showcase their association with AWS and demonstrate their leadership in dealing with one of the planet’s most urgent and complex threats.

What is the AWS Founding Partners Program?

Up to April 2014, we are seeking Founding Partners from each of our three stakeholder groups: corporate, civil society and public sector. The program is designed to support the development of AWS during the first year of full implementation of the AWS Standard. Becoming a Founding Partner involves a one-year commitment to support the institutional development of AWS.   

This is a one-off opportunity to create a brand association with the world’s leading organization in water stewardship.  Founding Partners will gain international recognition for leadership in promoting water stewardship. Our Board organizations will help to bring global attention to the release of the AWS Standard enabling Founding Partners’ contributions to be highlighted to a wide and captive audience. 

What are the benefits of being an AWS Founding Partner?

  • Opportunity to be distinguished for leadership in driving innovative solutions to shared water risks
  • Association with AWS as we build our innovative program and multi-stakeholder organization
  • Recognition by AWS, including on the AWS website and at high-profile international events
  • AWS membership dues waiver for 2014
  • Heavily discounted participation in AWS training and other activities during the year

How do I become an AWS Founding Partner?

For more details of the Founding Partners program, and information on how to apply, please contact AWS Executive Director, Adrian Sym, at adrian(at)allianceforwaterstewardship(dot)org

Many leading organizations are already participating in AWS.  This is your opportunity to be distinguished for  leadership in collaborative solutions to the world’s social and environmental problems.


AWS Standard Public Consultation Period to End December 1st

The Alliance for Water Stewardship wishes to remind everyone that we are entering the final two weeks on the public consultation of the AWS Standard. Your input on the Beta version of the AWS Standard will shape the future of water stewardship. All submissions will be passed along to the International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) - the global stakeholder body tasked with determining the content of the Standard - for consideration as they complete the v1.0 AWS Standard. The 1.0 version of the AWS Standard, which will be explicitly linked with the European Water Stewardship system and is the culmination of AWS's Water Roundtable standard-setting process, will enable sites throughout the world to verify water risk mitigation and responsible water stewardship.
 
The opportunity to provide feedback on the Beta AWS Standard closes on December 1st, 2013 (note: AWS will continue to incorporate feedback from the beta sites after this date). Between December 2013 and March 2014, the ISDC will work with the AWS to complete the v1.0 AWS Standard which is scheduled for release in April, 2014 along with the AWS’s verification program and training program.
 
Your feedback is critical and we at AWS appreciate your time in this important effort!

The AWS Standard is available here: http://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org/what-we-do.html#water-stewardship-standard

Click here to provide feedback on the Beta AWS Standard: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKKZH3S. We would ask that people use the surveymonkey format, but if you are having troubles or would prefer to operate via email, you can reach us at: info@allianceforwaterstewardship.org


September 2013

Great Lakes Week/Milwaukee Water Week

AWS was well-represented at Great Lakes Week and Milwaukee Water Week, September 9 – 12.  Events began with a presentation and discussion on the AWS Standard at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee.  Lisa Downes moderated a session at Healing Our Waters’ Great Lakes Restoration Conference on Great Lakes Corporate Water Stewardship, with Ed Piñero of Veolia Environment and Kathryn Buckner of Council of Great Lakes Industries presenting.  AWS information was also on display at the North American headquarters in the Global Water Center during the grand opening celebration on September 12.


International Rivers Symposium

AWS teamed up with our regional partner Water Stewardship Australia to co-convene a seminar at this year’s International Rivers Symposium in Brisbane.  The well attended session, titled Building Catchment Level Engagement Through Water Stewardship, attracted a range of organisations interested in new approaches to engaging stakeholders in water stewardship.  

The session was chaired by WSA Chair, Dr Jamie Pittock, and included: WWF International water stewardship lead Stu Orr talking about water stewardship and industry; WSA Secretary Michael Spencer talking about engagement of agribusiness in water stewardship, and; the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority’s Helen Murdoch talking about water stewardship as a tool for NRM management.  WSA Board member and member of the International Standard Development Committee Professor John Langford took part in a part in a panel discussion.

Following the session at the Rivers Symposium, a public session was help at the offices of GHD in Brisbane.  There was considerable discussion at this session about the prospects for a field trial in the South East Queensland region.


AWS featured at WEFTEC

AWS was featured at a high-profile session ithe Global Pavillion during October's WEFTEC® event in Chicago. WEFTEC®, the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference, is the biggest meeting of its kind in North America and offers thousands of water quality professionals from around the world the best water quality education and training available today.


Webinar schedule

Two topic-specific webinars remain in our series leading up to the release of the AWS Standard.At the same time the 2nd public comment period on the Beta AWS Standard is ongoing through December 1st 2013. You can submit your thoughts through our short online surveyhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKKZH3S

The remaining webinar schedule is

Topic: Water Stewardship and Stakeholder Engagement
Here, the importance of stakeholder to engagement to water stewardship will be discussed. Questions relating to stakeholder identification and how to engage with them will be explored. We would welcome you feedback, including your thoughts on how stakeholder engagement has been incorporated into the Standard and how feasible it is for your enterprise.
October 22nd
7pm Beijing, 4:30pm Delhi, 1pm Berlin, 7am Washington DC: Register here
9:30pm Delhi, 6pm Berlin, 2pm Washington DC: Register here
10pm Washington DC, 10am Beijing (October 23rd): Register here
 
Topic: General feedback on the AWS Standard
These sessions are meant to address your questions and feedback on all aspects of the Standard. The agenda will be determined based on the topics you wish to cover.
October 29th
7pm Beijing, 4:30pm Delhi, 1pm Berlin, 7am Washington DC: Register here
9:30pm Delhi, 6pm Berlin, 2pm Washington DC: Register here
10pm Washington DC, 10am Beijing (October 30th): Register here


Upcoming Events

October 28-30: India Water Forum, hosted by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Adrian Sym speaking on "Water Use Efficiency (WUE): An approach to global water security and sustainability". Moe information at http://www.teriin.org/events/iwf/

November 5 and 6American Water Summit:http://www.americanwatersummit.com at Dulles Airport (Washington DC Area). Lisa Wojnarowski Downes will be speaking on November 5  

November 20-21: Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable,  Washington, D.C. Additional details TBD email ldownes@tnc.org for information. 

January 22-24: International Water Summit, Abu Dhabi, hosted by Masdar. Adrian Sym will be participating in different sessions. More information at http://iwsabudhabi.com/portal/home.aspx


AWS at Stockholm World Water Week

With its theme of Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships, Stockholm World Water Week 2013 was a very encouraging event for AWS.  Some highlights:
AWS co-convened (with GIZ/The Water Futures Partnership and CEO Water Mandate) a seminar on “How Can Corporate Water Stewardship Partnerships Benefit Society?” This seminar was very well attended, and also live-streamed via the SIWI website. One of the highlights was included the presentation by Geoff Townsend on Nalco (Ecolab)’s application of the Beta AWS Standard at two sites in China (one in chemicals manufacturing and one in hospitality).  He described how helpful the AWS standard has been on a variety of fronts, including raising external and internal awareness of water stewardship up to the CEO level. Mark Brune of Mintails also presented on how application of the Beta AWS Standard is fitting within a broader stewardship approach being adopted at the company’s gold mining facility in South Africa. 

You can watch a video of Mark Brune and Geoff Townsend's presentations at the seminar on the WSA website or see a full video replay of the entire day on the SIWI site here.

AWS was also featured in a session on collaboration in the Great Lakes.  Council of Great Lakes Industries’ program manager Dale Phenicie described how industry in this region developed their list of what a water stewardship tool would need to have industry uptake.  They then assessed various tools and frameworks and decided to do an in-depth study on the Beta AWS Standard through its application at five facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

Adrian Sym presented on how AWS can drive public-private partnerships and the Green Economy at a seminar co-convened by DHI, 2030 Water Resources Group, SIWI and the Global Green Growth Institute. The seminar was featured in the SIWI conference newsletter, available at:http://www.worldwaterweek.org/documents/WWW_PDF/Media/2013/WWD-Tuesday-LOW.pdf

EWS Director Sabine Von Wiren-Lehr presented in the World Business Council on Sustainable Development-convened session on engaging business, and described how water stewardship certification provides a shared platform, measurable goals and roadmap to enable collaboration among business and stakeholders for collective action.


Developments on implementing multi-stakeholder governance for AWS

The AWS Board aims to establish a multi-stakeholder and membership-based governance structure that will reflect both regional and sector representation. During its meeting in Stockholm on September 5th and 6th the AWS Board discussed proposals for implementing this structure. These discussions were informed by extensive stakeholder consultations (formal and informal) that have been held over the last 14 months. The AWS Board has agreed to transition to a membership structure and begin processing applications in early 2014.

Membership: Members will be organized into regional and stakeholder groups for governance purposes.

  • AWS members will have the opportunity to join either via Regional Initiatives or through AWS International.
  • It will be possible to join AWS in multiple regions simultaneously with fees being scaled accordingly.
  • Membership will also be organized by the three stakeholder groups that have been central to the Water Roundtable process: Business and Water Service Provides, Public Sector Agencies and Civil Society Organizations.

*NOTE: The membership structures of current AWS Regional Initiatives in Australia and Europe will be aligned with that of AWS International to avoid duplication and ensure clarity and consistency in membership services and benefits. 

Membership Levels and Fees:  Recognizing that water stewardship is a progression for many companies and other stakeholders, AWS membership will follow a differentiated structure, enabling stakeholders to engage at a level appropriate to their circumstances.

 

  • Entry level membership will be targeted mainly at organizations just beginning their stewardship journeys.
  • Advanced level membership will give organizations access to a range of practical benefits associated with AWS. This may include access to events or training at reduced rates
  • Fees for basic and full membership will be based on sector and scale of organization (e.g. net income).

 *NOTE: More details on the membership offering and timeline for implementation will be published on our website before the end of 2013.

Governance: Governance of AWS will be coordinated through a General Assembly and elected Board

  • The General Assembly will be comprised of members drawn from Regions and International. 
  • Voting systems on the General Assembly will aim to achieve a balance between stakeholders. This will be achieved in-part through the percentage of representation allocated to Regions and International. 

First Mineral Water Bottler EWS Certified

Belgian mineral water bottling plant Chaudfontaine is the first to be certified against European Water Stewardship Standard (AWS's regional Initiative in Europe). The Chaudfontaine plant received the gold level EWS certificate October 2nd, 2013. The certificate was officially handed over by Certification Body representative, Eerik Schipper of Control Union Certifications at Coca-Cola’s annual Sustainability event.

The event celebrated the long-term sustainability goals of the site, with water management at is core, and brought together representatives from national media, local and national authorities, EWP stakeholders and internal Coca-Cola and Chaudfontaine staff.

Friedrich Barth, EWP Co-Chairman, congratulated Chaudfontaine in his keynote speech saying  “Eight months ago, the site of Chaudfontaine started an ambitious evaluation of its water management performance.  I am proud to welcome Chaudfontaine today in the family of EWS pioneers. This production site is now a real EWS Water Steward.” For more information please visit the EWS website.


Inghams and Western Port Biosphere Lead Australian Field Trial Program

Inghams Enterprises has become the first major Australian company to test the new beta version International Water Stewardship Standard.  The trial is being conducted at the company’s Somerville plant near Melbourne; the same plant that had previously tested the first Australian Water Stewardship Standard.  Since that trial the plant has been rebuilt following a fire.

On this occasion it is intended that the trial will be broadened to include suppliers to the plant.  This will allow the trial to engage smaller enterprises in this region.  Water Stewardship Australia is also working with the Western Port Bioshere to expand the trial and engage water users beyond the chicken meat supply chain.  The UNESCO recognized Biosphere has been working on the Watsons Creek – once described by Melbourne Water and the EPA as Melbourne’s dirtiest creek – for many years and is interested in the potential of the standard to engage all major water users throughout the creek’s catchment.

If successful the trial will become a leading example of a multi-industry regional application of water stewardship.

Western Port Trial Joins a Global Network of Trials

The trial of the International Water Stewardship Standard with Inghams Enterprises and the Western Port Biosphere is part of a global network of trials underway prior to finalization of the standard in April next year.

Trials are also underway involving horticulture in South Africa, mining and land rehabilitation in South Africa, irrigation management in Gujarat (India), chemicals and hospitality in China, with the Council of Great Lakes Industries in the United States, at a beverage plant in Mexico and with the State water water utility in the Taquarussu catchment in Brazil.  Experience from these trials will all contribute to the development of the international standard.


AWS Standard to be released in April 2014

At its recent meeting in Stockholm the AWS Board agreed to complete the development of the AWS Standard in time for a release date in April 2014. More details to follow soon.


August 2013

Stockholm World Water Week

Together with German development agency GIZ and the UNCEO Water Mandate, AWS will co-convene a seminar at Stockholm World Water Week titled “How Can Corporate Water Stewardship Partnerships Benefit Society?”. The seminar will include case studies of on-going water stewardship work, including the application of the AWS Standard in china and South Africa.  The Seminar will explore some of the complex questions corporate engagement in water stewardship in often weakly governed systems, aiming to deepen our understanding on what roles different actors can play, how partnerships complement existing water sector strategies and strengthen the role of the public sector, and how can checks and balances be established to ensure broader societal benefit. The seminar is on Tuesday September 3rd from 09:00 to 12:30. More details and a full program can be found at  http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/how-can-corporate-2927

Other sessions during Stockholm with direct AWS participation are:

Monday September 2nd: Public-Private-Partnerships: Cooperation for Water Management. AWS Executive Director, Adrian Sym, will be presenting.

http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/publicprivatepartnerships-cooperation-for-2953

Wednesday September 4th: Sharing Water: Engaging Business. EWS Director Sabine von Wirén-Lehr will be presenting on water stewardship in Europe

http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/sharing-water-engaging-2960

Regional Cooperation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. Dale Phenicie from the Council of Great Lakes Industry will talk on the CGLI project that includes the application of water stewardship tools, including the Beta AWS Standard.

http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/regional-cooperation-in-2887

Also on Wednesday September 4th the CEO Water Mandate Working Conference will take place in Stockholm.


Sustainable Agriculture Initiative

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform has just released Water Stewardship in Sustainable Agriculture: Beyond the Farm Towards a Catchment Approach. The document recommends taking a catchment-level approach as win the AWS Standard and highlights that water stewardship standards are effective ways to understand and manage water risks for long-term sustainability. Click here to access the document http://www.saiplatform.org/uploads/SAI%20Platform%20Water%20stewardship%20for%20sustainable%20agriculture.pdf.


Webinar schedule for September and October

As the process to finalize the AWS Standard nears its conclusion, we are offering stakeholders the opportunity to participate in webinars on five key topics during September and October. Each topic will be offered on 3 different times during the respective days to accommodate time zone differences. Please use the links below to register for the timeslot that best suits your needs!  

Topic 1: Determining your physical scope-Catchment size and sphere of influence boundaries

These sessions will explore current thinking and lessons learned on how a site can realistically and meaningfully determine their catchment and sphere of influence for implementing the Standard. These sessions are also meant to hear your thoughts on how best to determine these boundaries.

September 10th

7pm Beijing, 4:30pm Delhi, 1pm Berlin, 7am Washington DC: Register here

9:30pm Delhi, 6pm Berlin, 2pm Washington DC: Register here

10pm Washington DC, 10am Beijing (September 11th): Register here

Topic 2: Important Water-Related Areas-Introduction to IWRAs and their importance to Water Stewardship

These sessions will explore exactly what would be considered an “important water-related area” and to what extent they are vetted by a site’s stakeholders. Your feedback on the challenges and opportunities for engaging stakeholders with IWRAs is greatly appreciated.

September 24th

7pm Beijing, 4:30pm Delhi, 1pm Berlin, 7am Washington DC: Register here

9:30pm Delhi, 6pm Berlin, 2pm Washington DC: Register here

10pm Washington DC, 10am Beijing (September 25th): Register here

Topic 3: AWS Assurance program and verification

In these sessions, we will discuss the (still in development) AWS Assurance program, including verification processes. Questions regarding what steps a site would have to go through to make claims or get certified will be explored. Feedback on feasibility and lessons learned from past experiences would be welcome in this session.  

October 8th

7pm Beijing, 4:30pm Delhi, 1pm Berlin, 7am Washington DC: Register here

9:30pm Delhi, 6pm Berlin, 2pm Washington DC: Register here

10pm Washington DC, 10am Beijing (October 9th): Register here

 Topic 4; Water Stewardship and Stakeholder Engagement

Here, the importance of stakeholder to engagement to water stewardship will be discussed. Questions relating to stakeholder identification and how to engage with them will be explored. We would welcome you feedback, including your thoughts on how stakeholder engagement has been incorporated into the Standard and how feasible it is for your enterprise.

October 22nd

7pm Beijing, 4:30pm Delhi, 1pm Berlin, 7am Washington DC: Register here

9:30pm Delhi, 6pm Berlin, 2pm Washington DC: Register here

10pm Washington DC, 10am Beijing (October 23rd): Register here

 Topic 5: General feedback on the AWS Standard

These sessions are meant to address your questions and feedback on all aspects of the Standard. The agenda will be determined based on the topics you wish to cover.

October 29th

7pm Beijing, 4:30pm Delhi, 1pm Berlin, 7am Washington DC: Register here

9:30pm Delhi, 6pm Berlin, 2pm Washington DC: Register here

10pm Washington DC, 10am Beijing (October 30th): Register here

As a reminder, our 2nd public comment period is ongoing through the end of 2013. You can submit your thoughts through our short online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKKZH3S


Recent events

Along with several other water-related initiatives, AWS was invited to present the Standard to the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation when it met in Milan in May. AWS Executive Director, Adrian Sym, was also invited to attend the recent meeting of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Water Security, held in Bellagio, Italy in July. The GAC brings together experts from a number of fields to guide WEF strategic direction related to water and sanitation. Both of these events helped to get a better understanding of how the AWS Standard can best complement other existing initiatives.

AWS had a strong presence at the conference on Collective action: reducing shared water risk to support sustainable growth, organized Tanzanian Government and the German Development Cooperation. This conference, held in May, brought together stakeholders from across the East and Southern Africa regions. The conference findings and key messages can be accessed at http://www.water-futures.org/fileadmin/user_upload/PDF/Downloads_Conference_May_13/Conference_Findings_-Collective_Action_2013.pdf

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes and Ricardo Monsivais presented to the Latin American Water Funds Alliance in Panama City, Panama.

Water Stewardship Australia hosted an event titled “Water and food security: a supply chain view” with international expert Professor Tony Allan, the founder of the virtual water concept.

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes presented at the Canadian Water Summit in Calgary, Alberta.  A video of her remarks, “Blue Collaboration for Blue Prosperity:  A Global Perspective” is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlCN31cZtMg

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes presented to the U.S. Business Council on Sustainable Development on a panel, “Business Solutions to Water Management Challenges.”

Ricardo Monsivais, AWSLAC Coordinator, presented the AWS standard and process at the RISI: Latin American Pulp and Paper Outlook Conference, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 5-7.

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes and Ricardo Monsivais presented to the CESPEDES-Grupo de Agua.


Upcoming Events

September 3rd: AWS will co-convene a seminar at Stockholm World Water Week: “How Can Corporate Water Stewardship Partnerships Benefit Society?” (see above for details)

September 10th: AWS-North America will host a discussion of the AWS Beta Standard and related field work at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 3:00 – 4:30.  To rsvp, please e-mail ldownes@tnc.org.

September 11th: Lisa Wojnarowski Downes will chair a session, “Great Lakes Corporate Water Stewardship,” at the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Restoration Conference.  Details and registration are available at http://conference.healthylakes.org/

September 25th: AWS will be a convening partner at the International Rivers Symposium from 23-26 September in Brisbane, Australia. The AWS-convened session is titled “Building catchment level engagement through water stewardship”. For more information please visit http://riversymposium.com/

October 7th: AWS will be featured at the Global Pavilion as part of WEFTEC on Monday, October 7 from 12:30 – 1:30.  Information and registration is available at http://www.weftec.org/

October 9th: The next EWS Steering Committee Meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium


May 2013

BASF achieves gold-level EWS certification in Tarragona, Spain

Our European regional initiative, the European Water Partnership, is proud to announce the first certification according to the European Water Stewardship (EWS) standard at a chemical production site in Europe. The BASF production site in Tarragona, Spain, proved its excellent water management performance via EWS gold-level certification.  Given the importance of water in all its activities, BASF has set ambitious targets for emissions and water withdrawal rates. The principles and requirements of the EWS standard, supports BASF in both raising awareness and reaching its global water goals. For more information please visit http://www.ewp.eu/4071/basf-achieves-gold-level-certification-in-tarragona-spain/


Building our business model

Following an encouraging response from stakeholders we have now initiated a Business Model Consultation Group to help us work through some of the key issues as we build the AWS model. If you are interested in participating in this group please email Adrian Sym at adrian-at-allianceforwaterstewardship-dot-org. As a key part of our business model development we are also seeking to improve our understanding stakeholder needs, and to do so we encourage all readers of this newsletter to complete a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CFQ7CR5
We will also be working through key issues in a series of topic-specific webinars – a schedule for these webinars will be available in the coming weeks.


Beta AWS Standard gaining momentum

The Beta AWS Standard, which was released in March 2013, is a fully implementable Standard designed to help companies and water service providers analyse and manage water risk and engage meaningfully with other stakeholders on sustainable catchment management. Many companies, utilities and communities are already taking leadership positions by applying the Beta AWS Standard to both manage their water risks and provide input into the finalization of the Standard.
Applications currently confirmed (on-going or planned) include


Further developments in building multi-stakeholder governance

Following recent consultations and in-depth discussions, the AWS Board has agreed a process for pursuing the transition to multi-stakeholder governance in parallel with the application of the beta AWS Standard and the further development of our business model. More details can be found  on the governance page of our website.


EWP to be European Coordinator of the Water Action Hub

Our European regional initiative EWP and the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate recently announced a new partnership through which EWP will act as the European Coordinator for the Water Action Hub. For more information please see http://www.ewp.eu/4053/ewp-to-be-european-coordinator-of-the-water-action-hub/ or http://ceowatermandate.org/2013/03/25/ewp-to-be-european-coordinator-of-the-water-action-hub/


Chinese version of Beta AWS Standard

The Chinese version of the Beta AWS Standard now available from our website at http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/what-we-do.html#water-stewardship-standard


Spanish and Portuguese versions will also be available in the coming weeks.


AWS on Linkedin

We are now on Linkedin! Follow us by logging on to www.linkedin.com and joining our group “Alliance for Water Stewardship”


Recent events

As well as introducing the beta AWS Standard at a dinner reception, our Board and Secretariat members also made several contributions to the Working Conference of the CEO Water Mandate in Mumbai from March 5-7. The first day of the conference was a formal input into the UN’s post-2015 Development Agenda, a process designed to identify priorities and objectives to replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. Contributions from the day’s proceedings can be seen at http://ceowatermandate.org/working-conferences/stewardship-post2015/

AWS Chair, Michael Spencer, and Executive Director, Adrian Sym, both participated in two sessions at the Asia Water Week at the Asian Development Bank headquarters in Manila. The first session was a side event we hosted on the AWS Standard with the second being a session on water stewardship that we co-hosted with World Resources Institute and WWF. Coca Cola FEMSA participated at both sessions alongside Manila Water.

Adrian was also invited by the Ministry of Water Resources to speak at a day-long seminar on water footprinting at the India Water Week. The lively event included participants from a variety of key institutions from India and beyond.

We were also represented at the Water Week Latin America, held in Viña del Mar, Chile. As well as formal participation at a session on water, irrigation and food security, this gathering of stakeholders from all over Latin America gave our Latin America Regional Coordinator, Ricardo Monsivais, the opportunity to present the beta AWS Standard at a side event staged to mark the conclusion of our project with Fundación Chile, one of the organizers of Water Week Latin America.

The US Water Partnership hosted a webinar in April titled “Collaboration for a Water-Secure Future -- Innovative Solutions through the Alliance for Water Stewardship”. Our North American Regional Coordinator, Lisa Downes, presented the Standard in detail and answered a variety of questions from participants.

Alexis Morgan, our Global Water Roundtable Coordinator, represented AWS at two recent events in California. Alexis was a panellist at the Ceres Conference on a session with the title “Wet & wild: assessing & managing agricultural water risks”. Alexis also participated at the WCBSD-US conference “The business of water: scaling up water sustainability solutions in the US”.


Upcoming Events

May 23, Melbourne: Water Stewardship Australia is organizing a workshop “Responding to the global water challenge: leadership, risk management & best practice”. Bookings can be made under http://www.trybooking.com/CULG  or  http://www.trybooking.com/48964. The event will be hosted by National Australia Bank, NAB Auditorium, 800 Bourke Street, Melbourne

May 22nd: The ISEAL Alliance will host a webinar “Standards for a Thirsty Planet: How can sustainability standards promote responsible water use?” at which we will be presenting on how the AWS Standard can reinforce other standards. To register for this event visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/155649010

May 22-23, Milan: Our executive Director, Adrian Sym, will present the International Water Stewardship Standard to the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation

May 28-30, Dar es Salaam: Adrian will also be presenting and chairing sessions at the conference on Collective action: reducing shared water risk to support sustainable growth, organized Tanzanian Government and the German Development Cooperation

June 12-13, London: Assistant Global Water Roundtable Coordinator, Nicole Tanner, will participate at the annual conference of the ISEAL Alliance in London. The conference will look at how standards can harness new tools and innovations to deliver greater social and environmental benefits and transform supply chains. For more information, please visit www.iseal.org/conference or email conference-at-isealalliance-dot-org

June 19, Reston, Virginia: Nicole will also participate in the Data Integration Workshop being organized by the US Water Partnership

June 27, Calgary, Alberta: Lisa Downes will speak at the Canadian Water Summit with the theme “Blue Collaboration for Blue Prosperity: A Global Perspective”. More information at http://www.watersummit.ca/

June 18-20, Panama:  Our Latin American Regional Coordinator, Ricardo Monsivais, will be speaking at a Latin American Water Funds Alliance event.


March 2013

Beta Version of AWS Standard Released

AWS Releases Beta AWS Standard

Today, we announce the release of the Beta AWS Standard: the world’s first International Water Stewardship Standard. 

At a reception organized to coincide with the Working Conference of UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, the Standard was enthusiastically received by the 85 invited guests representing companies, NGOs, multilateral agencies  and other stakeholders. The principles of water stewardship play a large underlying role in the goals of the CEO Water Mandate and AWS alike. The Standard is designed to give companies and utilities a roadmap to follow towards sustainable water use, including engagement with stakeholders and others within their watershed. Building on other water-related tools, the Standard helps to reduce water risk and generate social, environmental and economic benefits across all sectors and regions.

 Organized around six steps, the Beta Standard contains criteria against which performance can be assessed. The Beta Standard is a fully implementable standard and a solid way to reduce water risk. Some elements of the AWS system are still to be put in place, including an appropriate verification system.

 Application of the Beta Standard will begin next week in Brazil in one of 10 confirmed sites from 8 different countries where companies will be applying the Standard and generating a range of benefits including reduced water risk and an effective mechanism to engage with stakeholders. Comments and feedback on the Beta Standard can be submitted via AWS’s website beginning March 22nd (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKKZH3S). 

 The Beta Standard is the work of a multi-stakeholder committee appointed by AWS to represent the diversity of stakeholder interests from around the world: from industry, public sector and civil society. This committee, the International Standard Development Committee, uses input from stakeholders around the world, including that gathered by AWS regional initiatives.

We'd like to express our sincere thanks to the ISDC, our funders, regional supporters, phase 1 testers and all those involved in the development of this Beta Standard. It has been a monumental effort and would not have been successful without you all. 

 Learn more about the AWS Standard by downloading the Beta Standard here.  Anyone interested in applying the Standard in catchments across the globe is encouraged to get in touch with us at info@allianceforwaterstewardship.org.

 


January 2013

AWS Regional Initiatives driving water stewardship forward

Some of the key inputs into the development of the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard come from our regional initiatives.  At this stage we have four regional initiatives. Learning from their work with local stakeholders is critical as we develop the AWS International Standard that will applicable in diverse contexts around the world. The following three items illustrate important achievements in Europe, Australia and Latin America and the Caribbean.


Water Stewardship Field Trial Report from Australia

Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) has completed its report on the recent full field trial of the Australian Water Stewardship Standard (Draft 2).  The trial involved working with Dairy Australia, Tatura Milk Industries and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GBCMA).  The trial was supported by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).  The report makes a number of recommendations for ongoing development of water stewardship standards.  It also observes a number of areas where existing practices in the region are good and where changes could improve current practice.  Importantly, the trial has focused on how to deal with complexity of compliance requirements for small producers and how the Australian Standard can work with existing systems.  The GBCMA found the water stewardship system could have considerable natural resource management benefits for the region.  For Dairy Australia, the trial provided an opportunity to assess the performance of existing tools such as its Dairy Self-Assessment Tool and inform the development of targets and action plans in the industry’s sustainability framework. A summary report is available here.  The full report will be available shortly from the WSA website


First certifications for European Water Stewardship (EWS)

EWS has awarded its first gold level certifications to two Coca-Cola bottling plants of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. in Dongen, Netherlands and of Coca-Cola Hellenic in Ploiesti, Romania. EWS along with certification body, Control Union, officially handed over the certificates to Coca-Cola January 28th, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium. The EWS Gold level certification signifies the high level to which operators manage these operational sites, having complied with more than 90% of the performance indicators of the EWS standard. To read more about this significant milestone please click here.


Call for applications: AWS Business Model Consultation Group

AWS is establishing a Business Model Consultation Group as a way of harnessing input and influence from diverse stakeholders as we further refine our business model. The main function of the group will be to provide feedback and ideas on issues relating to the refinement of the AWS business model. It is expected that participation will be mainly through e-surveys and occasional teleconferences. Some document revision may also fall within the remit of the group.

The group will not be part of the formal governance and decision-making structure of AWS, rather an external interest group formally convened to support the decision-making of the AWS Board.

We welcome applications for membership of this group up to the end of February 2013. To apply, please send an email to info-at-allianceforwaterstewardship-dot-org stating your name; the sector you most identify with (please choose from a) public sector, b) business or water service provider or c) civil society); the region where you work, and; a short summary description of your interest in joining the Business Model Consultation Group. 


First Field Trial of Beta Version of AWS Standard in Brazil

The first field trial of the beta version of the AWS Standard will take place in Brazil in March (11-15). AWS-Latin American Regional Initiative and The Nature Conservancy in Brazil will conduct the project alongside SANEATINS, the water utility in charge of the drinking water service and sanitation to 75% of the population of Brazilian state’s Tocantins.  Other members of the AWS-LAC’s Coordinating Committee, including the Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, will also participate in the project.  Results of this field trial will feed directly into the further development of the AWS Standard. 


Update on development of multi-stakeholder governance for AWS International

Results from our recent consultation on regional delineation and stakeholder chambers have been assessed and will be discussed by the AWS Board at its next meeting on March 3rd. Following this meeting we will be able to publish a next level of detail on membership modalities for AWS International. For previous decisions relating to AWS Board decisions on multi-stakeholder governance please visit http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/about-aws.html#governance


Climate Action article ahead of COP18

Published by UNEP in advance of each Conferences of the Parties (COP) to UNFCCC, Climate Action features expert analysis and opinion, helping businesses to reduce their carbon footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Climate Action 12/13 was published ahead of the recent COP 18 in Doha and AWS Executive Director, Adrian Sym, was invited to contribute an article on water resource management in the context of climate change. Adrian used his article to emphasize the importance of water in discussions on the water-food-energy nexus, in particular through stakeholder-driven efforts like AWS. To read the article, please visit http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/bookstore/book_2012/ and navigate to page 146.


International Water Management Institute steps down from AWS Board

After two years of participation, the International Water Management Institute has decided to step down as an AWS Board organization. IWMI feels unable to devote the necessary time and resources to ensure meaningful and effective participation on the AWS Board, but has expressed a wish to take part in relevant stakeholder fora organized by AWS as the International Standard moves from development to implementation. The period of IWMI’s involvement on the Board has seen AWS become established as a key player in water resource management and the process to develop the International Water Stewardship Standard about to reach a significant milestone with the release of the beta version next month. We thank IWMI for their input to-date and look forward to working closely together as water stewardship gains traction in the future.


ISDC meeting in Brussels

The International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) will meet in Brussels from February 6-8 with the intention of reaching consensus on the beta version of the AWS Standard. The meeting will be hosted by the Confederation of European Paper Industries. Following the ISDC meeting, we are planning a number of events and webinars to introduce the beta version of the Standard from March onwards. First of these will be in Mumbai, India, where we are hosting a dinner reception for registered participants of the CEO Water Mandate Working Conference and invited stakeholders.  We will use this event to introduce the beta version and gather initial reactions from invited guests on some of the key issues the Standard will aim to address.


International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi

From 15th to 17th January, the International Water Summit was held in conjunction with the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. AWS was represented in Abu Dhabi by Adrian Sym who spoke on two panel discussions: “Customised Water Solutions for Rural Communities” and “Future Challenges Affecting Water Availability”. The event attracted many water leaders from around the world, with organizers expecting up to 30,000 participants in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.


Upcoming Events

  • ISDC meeting in Brussels from 6-8 February
  • AWS will host a dinner reception to introduce the beta version of the AWS Standard to participants in the CEO Water Mandate Working Conference and invited guests in Mumbai on March 4th.
  • AWS will co-host two sessions at the Asia Water Week, being staged by the Asian Development Bank from March 13th-15th.
  • Water Week Latin America, being held in Chile from March 17th-22nd will provide an opportunity for us to introduce the beta version of the AWS Standard to stakeholders present at that event.

November 2012

ISDC moves towards Beta Version of AWS Standard

The International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) met in October in Dubai, to further refine the next version of the AWS Standard. Dubbed the "Beta Version," since it will be a fully operational version of the Standard intended for field testing, this next iteration of the Standard has been streamlined and simplified in an effort to respond to stakeholder input from the First Draft. The Beta Version will be:

  • A fully operational (or "implementable") version of the AWS Standard, intended for testing and a final round of feedback
  • Released in February, 2013 in English followed by translations in various languages
  • Based around six steps and 33 Core Criteria, with four water stewardship outcomes (called principles in the first draft) embedded throughout the Standard
  • Aligned with a basic plan-do-check-act cycle to help ensure integration into Environmental Management Systems
  • A platform to integrate current leading thinking from related stewardship efforts (metrics, tools, guidance, etc.)
  • Still based around three performance levels (AWS Core, Gold, and Platinum), but will also employ a point system in addition to core criteria at each level
  • Tested throughout the world during 2013 by different sectors in different types of catchments.

The ISDC has also published information relating to decisions taken on the key issues highlighted in the first draft Standard. This information and details on the Beta Version can be downloaded at from  http://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org/what-we-do.html#water-stewardship-standard 


Multi-stakeholder governance: second consultation now open

Following the decisions taken in October by the AWS Board on multi-stakeholder governance, a second stakeholder consultation has been launched to understand expectations regarding

  • Delineation of regional initiatives as part of the multi-stakeholder governance for AWS International
  • Definition of membership chambers for AWS-International

To access the consultation, please visit: http://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org/get-involved.html#consultations
For a summary of AWS Board decisions on multi-stakeholder governance, please visit http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/assets/documents/Governance_decisions_summary_October2012.pdf 


South Asia: First AWS consultation meeting in India

The first South Asia stakeholder consultation specifically on the AWS Standard was held in New Delhi on 18th October 2012. AWS was invited by the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and WWF India to present the first draft of the International Water Stewardship Standard for stakeholder input. The event, which was held at the offices of WWF India in New Delhi, was attended by around 30 participants from a variety of sectors. Coming immediately prior to the 5th meeting of the ISDC in Dubai, the event provided an excellent opportunity for the perspectives of Indian stakeholders to feed into the deliberations of the ISDC as they develop the beta version of the AWS Standard.

As well as a presentation on the AWS Standard and related group work, the event also featured presentations from FICCI on its corporate water stewardship through its Water Mission and the UN CEO Water Mandate on its collective action tools. Presentations and a full meeting report (including participant list) can be accessed athttp://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/where-we-work.html#south-asia  

We would like to express our thanks for the cooperation and support of CRB, FICCI and WWF India, and the interest and energy expressed by all participants. For more information, please contact Adrian Sym.


Latin America and the Caribbean: Water Symposium in Peru

On September 20th, Ricardo Monsivais, the AWS-Latin American and Caribbean Coordinator presented the AWS process to the participants at the IV Water Symposium “Promoting consensus towards water and development”, organized by the Peruvian Association of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE). Leaders from the academia, government and from the most important mining and energy companies from Peru attended to this event. We thank SNMPE for facilitating our participation at this important event. For more information, pleasecontact Ricardo (rmonsivais-at-tnc-dot-org)


North America: Milwaukee Water Council Summit

The 2012 Milwaukee Water Council Summit provided an opportunity to discuss progress and share experiences with key partners from AWS.  The first event was the International Partners Forum, held on 8thOctober. This brought together participants from three of AWS’s regional initiatives (Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and Australia) to discuss completed field work regarding water stewardship, lessons learned, and future plans.  Amongst the items under discussion were projects in Australia, China, North America, Latin America and Europe. 

The following day AWS hosted a session titled called “Developing a Global Water Stewardship Standard through the Alliance for Water Stewardship: Lessons from the Field”.  AWS Board chair, Michael Spencer, together with secretariat members, and partners from regional initiatives from North America and Latin America presented their practical experiences of testing water stewardship standards.

AWS is proud to be a partner of the Milwaukee Water Council and we would like to express our thanks for enabling us to present at this year’s summit and for facilitating the presence of international speakers.  The Milwaukee Water Council hosts the AWS regional initiative in North America, and we look forward to our future collaboration, both in North America and internationally.

For additional information, please contact Lisa Downes  (ldownes-at-tnc-dot-org)


South Africa: International Conference on Freshwater Governance

In November, the Water Research Commission and the Department of Water Affairs – South Africa, organized the International Conference on Fresh Water Governance for Sustainable Development. The event had a diverse programme allowing for scientific exchange, panel discussions, open debates, and participation from youth and young water professionals.

Together with the Water Stewardship Council of Southern Africa (WSCTSA), AWS convened a special session on “Water Stewardship - Building Innovative, Cross-Sectoral Partnerships for Sustainable Watershed Governance”. The session showcased case studies and explored ideas on how water stewardship can help to drive improvements in both organizational performance and catchment governance.  Presentations focused on sectors as diverse as dairy, mining, catchment restoration and the complementary role of stewardship in the water related governance realm in South Africa.

For AWS, both the session and the conference as a whole were very useful in engaging South African stakeholders around the forthcoming beta version of the AWS Standard and the multi-stakeholder governance model for AWS International. More details, including presentations from the session, can be accessed athttp://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org/where-we-work.html#africa


Europe: GlobalG.A.P Summit

Eurpoean Water Stewardship (EWS) Director, Sabine von Wirén-Lehr attended the 11th GLOBALG.A.P. Summit, which took place this year in Madrid. The three day event discussed the complex nexus between food safety, supply chain management, and sustainable resource management, highlighting the importance of water. As a member of the GLOBALG.A.P. Water Committee, EWS presented at a round-table discussion on critical importance of water availability in agriculture and the need for long-term strategies to ensure this availability. For more information, please contact Cristina Brabyn (cbrabyn-at-ewp-dot-eu)


Australia: WSA field trial presented at Eco Summit

As part of the EcoSummit 2012 in Columbus, Ohio, AWS Co-Chair Michael Spencer presented lessons from his work field tesing the Australian Standard in the dairy industry in Goulburn Broken Catchment. The trial was undertaken in partnership with the Goulburn Broken CMA, Dairy Australia and Tatura Milk Industries.For more information on this work please contact Water Stewardship Australia.


Upcoming Events

  • AWS plans to participate in the Abu Dhabi International Water Summit, January 15-17
  • The next meeting of the International Standard Development Committee is scheduled for February 4-6

September/October 2012

UNEP Joins Board of AWS

In August, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner confirmed his acceptance of the invitation for UNEP to join the AWS Board.  By participating on the AWS Board, UNEP joins some of the world’s leading players in sustainable water resource management. UNEP joins AWS at a critical juncture, with the release of the second draft AWS Standard expected near the end of 2012, subsequent field testing of this draft and the process to develop multi-stakeholder governance for AWS underway. Improving water resource management, in particular increased consideration for ecosystems, is a significant part of UNEP’s work in advocating for the transition to the “green economy”. UNEP’s technical and organizational expertise, and outreach capacity will be an enormous asset to AWS as we build the Standard and an effective international water stewardship system.


AWS Joins U.S. Water Partnerships

This past June, at the Rio +20 Conference, the Alliance for Water Stewardship was proud to announce its commitment to the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP). The U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) is a U.S.-based public-private partnership (PPP) established to unite American expertise, knowledge, and resources, and to mobilize those assets to address water challenges around the globe, especially in the developing world. To date more than 40 American public, private and civil society organizations are dedicating over half a billion dollars of in-kind and cash support to water-related projects around the globe over the next five years.

As part of the USWP, AWS has pledged to:

  • Work with other members of the U.S.Water Partnership to understand the relative roles of water stewardship and multi-use services in Africa within the scope of a field testing program on the second draft AWS Standard.
  • Work with other members of the U.S. Water Partnership to understand the role of water stewardship in increasing water security in South Asia through the field testing of the AWS standard.
  • Contribute to the development of governance for U.S. Water Partnership, in particular passing on learning gained in the development of multi-stakeholder governance for AWS.

We'd like to reinforce Secretary Clinton's message from June's USWP launch, “If you represent a region or a country in need of cross-sector water solutions, please reach out to us as this partnership was formed primarily to serve your needs. If you are an American citizen or organization with water knowledge and resources to share, I invite you to join the effort.”


Stockholm World Water Week

In August, AWS once again had a strong showing at the Stockholm World Water Week, an annual gathering of water professionals. EWS hosted a panel discussion, “Forever Together-Apart” on supply chain management. During this session representatives from various sectors expressed a need for the involvement of suppliers in water management and identified the benefit of integrating EWS principles to drive concrete actions and address common risks. Participants also emphasized the benefit of water stewardship standards as a voluntary opportunity to learn from the implementation process and move beyond water accounting practices to measure water.


The topic of collective action was another hot topic at World Water Week, where AWS Board member, Sabine von Wirén-Lehr, also participated in the panel "Taking Collaborate Actions for Water Sustainability within the Watershed". There she stressed the need to move beyond the fence-line to solve the complex water management issues.

Alexis Morgan participated as an invited speaker at events organized by both the CEO Water Mandate and the Council of Great Lakes Industries (CGLI). Alexis, who is AWS's Global Water Roundtable Coordinator,  spoke on how the AWS Standard can act as a framework to integrate various water-related data, tools, and initiatives. The presentation stressed the fact that data, information, tools and initiatives are all separate (but equally necessary) pieces of water stewardship, and that the AWS Standard integrates these things into a consistent, verifiable, framework.  


International Standard Development Committee – Call for nominations

We would like to extend the call for nominations for membership on the International Standard Development Committee. Applications will be accepted up to November 16th, 2012.  Please note that the member MUST be from the public sector. While the representative may come from any region aside from Europe (which currently has the maximum of three representatives), preference will be given to North Asia/China, South Asia, and Central Asia/Middle East (regions which currently have only one representative).

The ISDC is the primary decision-making body in relation to the AWS standard content and is charged with synthesizing stakeholder input from throughout the world to form the International Water Stewardship Standard. 15 positions make up the full ISDC.

For more information on the ISDC and the selection process, including the Terms of Reference, and general expectations of ISDC members, please visit: http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/water_roundtable.html

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date of 15th November and selected candidates contacted. If they agree to participate, their names will be put forth for public commentary for a two-week period.

The ISDC is meeting in October with the following meeting likely to be held in mid-2013.

If you are interested in applying please email Alexis Morgan (alexis.morgan-at-wwfus-dot-org). 


ISDC responses to feedback on first draft AWS Standard

As noted in our last newsletter, we received comments from over 400 stakeholders in 26 countries on the first draft AWS Standard (including 200 from AWS-LAC's Regional Forum participants and 130 from AWS-NA's regional stakeholder meetings). Stakeholders (40% from the Business and Water Service Providers, 38% from Civil Society and 22% from Public Sector Agencies) provided valuable feedback in particular in the following areas:

1) how Important Water Areas were determined,
2) how the Area of Influence was determined and its role in the Standard,
3) what the role of implementers and promoters should be in the Standard,
4) how the Standard should integrate indirect water use and supply chain issues,
5) how the Standard should be structured (steps, levels, principles, etc.) 
 
Recognizing the need to address these issues, the ISDC generated the following short responses:
1) Response on Important Water Areas
2) Response on Area of Influence
3) Response on Implementers and Promoters
4) Response on Indirect Water Use and Supply Chain
5) Response on structure of the Standard
 
The beta version of the AWS Standard will reflect these, and other, changes which aim to improve the Standard and meet the expectations of a diverse range of stakeholders. The beta version is expected to be released in early 2013 and will be implemented in a range of sectors and settings worldwide. The beta version will also include opportunities for stakeholder feedback via public consultation. More details on testing the beta version of the AWS Standard, including the testing methodology, is available from the AWS website at http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/what-we-do.html#water-stewardship-standard


AWS Board agrees outline governance model

At their October 4-5 meeting in Washington DC, the AWS Board of Directors agreed an outline membership model that will form the basis of multi-stakeholder governance for AWS. A critical input into this agreement was stakeholder feedback received during the recently-concluded consultation on developing multi-stakeholder governance for AWS. More details on the agreed model will be published in the coming days.


Desk-top studies of AWS Standard in Latin America

During August 2012, the AWS-LAC Coordinating Committee developed four desk-top studies of the first draft AWS Standard in Chile, Ecuador and Mexico. In Mexico, the AWS Standard was assessed in the state of Queretaro, with two fiduciaries of FEMSA - IMBERA, a refrigeration corporation, and PTM, a plastic manufacturing company. This exercise was conducted jointly with The Nature Conservancy, FEMSA Foundation and the Tec de Monterrey’s Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean. In Chile, along with Fundación Chile, we visited Vitacura Municipality within the city of Santiago. In Ecuador, we worked with ETAPA, the water utility from the city of Cuenca.

 
With these exercises, private and public water leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean contributed to the construction of the second iteration of the AWS Standard and obtained benefits through learning of their activities’ impact on water resources.
 
These accomplishments are the result of a two-year process for developing the AWS Standard and building capacity across Latin America.  Partnerships with the private and public sectors have been fundamental in engaging diverse stakeholders in water stewardship.


North America events

As part of the EcoSummit 2012 in Columbus, Ohio, AWS Co-Chair Michael Spencer presented lessons from his work field tesing the Australian Standard in the dairy industry in Goulburn Broken Catchment. The trial was undertaken in partnership with the Goulburn Broken CMA, Dairy Australia and Tatura Milk Industries.For more information on this work please contact Water Stewardship Australia.


On October 3rd, Lisa Downes, AWS-North America Regional Coordinator, gave the keynote address at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s “Summit on Sustainability and the Environment:  Green World, Green Region".

On October 8th, AWS, The Nature Conservancy and The Water Council hosted an AWS International Partners Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a focus on testing the beta version of the AWS Standard.  For additional information about this event, please contact Lisa Downes  (ldownes-at-tnc-dot-org)

On October 9th, AWS hosted a session at The Water Council’s Summit titled: “Developing a Global Water Stewardship Standard through the Alliance for Water Stewardship: Lessons from the Field. The session included presentations of desk-top studies in North and Latin America and field testing in Australia.


Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) commits to stronger alignment with AWS

The WSA Board held its annual strategy review in July during which it confirmed its commitment to strengthen the relationship between water stewardship work in Australia and the International Water Stewardship Standard process. In doing so, the WSA Board considered a number of factors: current differences between the first draft international standard and the Draft 2 Australian standard; outcomes of the recent International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) meeting in Mexico, and; the desire of Australian participants in the water stewardship system for a single global system.

WSA will prepare a careful analysis of gaps between the international and Australian standard when the next version of the international standard is published.


European airport pilot study

The result of EWS's joint Airport Pilot Study is now available to the public. To read more on the interesting study of Malaga, Goteborg and Brussels Airports please visit www.ewp.eu/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Pilot-Studies-Article+One-Pager-v3.pdf 


Upcoming Events

  • October 18, Istanbul, Turkey, AWS will host a Standard Engagement side meeting in conjunction with the International Network of Basin Organizations Europe Meeting (INBO 2012). Lunch will be provided during the hour and a half session (12:45-14:15) that will be held at the Istanbul Grand Cevahir Hotel & Convention Centre. Admission is free, but space is limited, so register by contacting Ayça Aksoy (aksoy-at-wwf-dot-org-dot-tr) 
  • October 18, New Delhi, India, The Centre for Responsible Business (CRB), WWF and FICCI are hosting a meeting on water stewardship. As well as an in-depth presentation and feedback session on the AWS Standard, the event will include presentations on the Water Mission of FICCI (the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) and the CEO Water Mandate’s Water Action Hub. In this way we aim to emphasize the way the AWS Standard is being designed to complement both local approaches and globally applicable tools, as described above in the report from Stockholm Water Week. The meeting will be held at Venue: WWF-India, 172-B Lodi Estate, New Delhi. For more information, please contact Adrian Sym  (adrian-at-allianceforwaterstewardship-dot-org). 
  • October 22-24, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, AWS will host the 5th International Standard Development  Committee Meeting
  • October 23, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, AWS aims to host a public reception, details forthcoming. For additional information, please email Nicole Tanner (nicole.tanner-at-wwfus-dot-org).
  • November 7, Drakensberg, South Africa, AWS is hosting a special session on water stewardship at the International Conference on Fresh Water Governance for Sustainable Development. For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.wrc.org.za/FreshWater/Pages/default.aspx

July 2012

Rio+20

In June, AWS Executive Director, Adrian Sym, was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, attending events surrounding the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – “Rio+20”. The following is a summary of AWS involvement in Rio+20 together with Adrian’s reflections on this significant meeting of the world’s leading players in sustainable development.

Corporate Sustainability Forum

AWS was a strategic partner and participated in several sessions of the Corporate Sustainability Forum, hosted by the UN Global Compact from 15-18 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Forum, titled “Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want”, was held in advance of, and based on the six theme areas of, the main Rio+20 Summit: Energy and Climate; Water and Ecosystems; Agriculture and Food: Social Development; Urbanization and Cities; and; Economics & Finance of Sustainable Development.

One the first full day of the Forum AWS co-hosted a session with the UN CEO Water Mandate which aimed to find answers to one of our most pressing questions: how can the international water stewardship system be used by promoters of water stewardship who do not seek to have their own performance verified?. The session was titled “Corporate Water Stewardship and Innovative Partnerships: An Imperative for Improved Water Resource Management”.

The agenda explored how voluntary mechanisms like the AWS Standard can be used by public and private sectors and civil society to promote innovative partnerships for sustainable water resource management, and what the drivers and barriers are to achieving cross-sectoral uptake. As well as my presentation on potential promoters of water stewardship and the CEO Water Mandate’s description of the range of collective action tools being developed,  the session featured presentations by Ambev and WWF on the Cyan Movement, a multi-component water conservation campaign in Brazil; the Carbon Disclosure Project on how collective action on shared water risk can simultaneously reduce the risk of individual investments and provide shared benefit at a basin level, and; the Nexus approach being promoted the German Federal Ministry for  Economic Cooperation and Development.

The following day I participated, along with others including Intel Corporation, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Sasol, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, WWF, Ceres and CDP, in a CEO Water Mandate session focusing on Emerging Best Practice in Corporate Water Disclosure. The energetic discussion from this session which also highlighted areas of common concern will inform the Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines being developed by the CEO Water Mandate.

Business Leaders’ Communique: “Make Water Sustainability a Priority”

During the Corporate Sustainability Forum, I was pleased to be asked to give my thoughts at a press conference on the release of a communique signed by 45 chief executive officers calling on governments attending Rio+20 Summit to make global water security a top priority. In the communique, the signatories, all of whom are endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate and represent a diverse range of global companies and regions, announced a commitment to advance corporate water management practices. The communique also outlines a range of public policy actions they believe governments should undertake to make meaningful progress on water and to better leverage the resources and capabilities of the international business community.

At the press conference I welcomed the communique, in particular the emphasis on long-term and collective approaches. The communique was noteworthy also as it was an unusual entry of business into the policy arena, demonstrating a new level of engagement by business in addressing the most pressing development challenges. As Igal Aisenberg, CEO of Netafim who introduced the communique, pointed out, as well as outlining specific commitments by signatory companies, it also represents a call to action for governments to take specific steps to put our world on a course to achieve global water security.

Rio reflections

Despite widespread disappointment with the Rio+20 Outcome Document, there were many positives that can be taken from the overall Rio program. In the very challenging political and economic environment in which the intergovernmental negotiations were taking place, the Corporate Sustainability Forum highlighted the need to look to all sectors as we attempt to address problems of ever-growing complexity. Whereas previously we had looked to governments to provide leadership and solutions, in particular those in Europe and North America which are now struggling to deal with teetering economies and soaring levels of sovereign debt, the need for cross-sectoral leadership came through strongly in Rio. Governments, the private sector and civil society all have important and complementary roles to play. This is a continuation of a movement that has been evident for some time, and events in Rio, in particular the Corporate Sustainability Forum and commitments like the communique on water sustainability, have accelerated this trend.

Another trend that was very evident in Rio is the need for innovative and locally applicable solutions. This is where the AWS Standard can play an important role by driving improved water stewardship practices through a system that is internationally consistent and local applicable. And Rio provided valuable lessons and reminders as we build the AWS system, not least of which is the necessity of strong regional networks.

From an AWS perspective there is a tremendous opportunity to help drive collective action that involves leaders from all sectors. Our work has relevance for business and water service providers who seek  to have their performance as good water stewards recognized; for government and multi-lateral agencies and civil society who seek to engage the private sector in watershed-level solutions, and; for businesses who seek to mitigate risks in their supply chains, investment or financial decisions.  Our challenge now is to build on the momentum coming out of Rio to ensure that the AWS Standard and water stewardship program is part of the solution. 


ISEAL Conference

The ISEAL Alliance – the global association for sustainability standards – held its annual conference in Bonn from 29-31 May. From AWS’s perspective, there were two sessions that were most significant. The first looked at the potential evolutionary trends of sustainability standards as they aim to keep pace with changing environments and the needs of businesses, producers and other key stakeholders.  The session provided valuable insights for AWS as we build the international water stewardship system. AWS Director Mireille Perrin Decorzent was one of the presenters at this session.

Another significant session explored ways in which different sustainability standard systems can interact with each other to increase efficiency and deepen impacts. The AWS Standard is being designed to complement and mutually reinforce other standards and at this session Executive Director, Adrian Sym, stressed the need to build in aspects of interoperability into the field testing of the AWS Standard. Registered users can access reports of both sessions and the rest of the ISEAL conference programme from the ISEAL website.


AWS Governance

AWS is committed to transitioning to an international, multi-stakeholder and membership-based organization, and are seeking stakeholder input to help guide this process. On July 21 we opened a public consultation on developing multi-stakeholder governance for AWS. The purpose of this consultation is to inform the AWS Board of the primary considerations when developing the main elements of multi-stakeholder governance for AWS. The consultation takes the form of a short questionnaire focusing on the following elements:

Regional representation
Membership
Decision-making bodies
Decision-making hierarchy
Stakeholder participation
This consultation will be open from July 21st until September 18th, 2012. Our preferred method of submission is using the online questionnaire using the link below. Input will also be accepted by completing the questionnaire in the MS Word document, available using the detailed information link below.
To participate in the online consultation, please visit our consultations page.


 


International Water Stewardship Standard Update

ISDC Meeting in Mexico

From June 25-27th, the International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) met in Mexico City, Mexico, to review the input from stakeholders on the first draft AWS Standard (see below for more on the feedback). The ISDC received hundreds of comments and greatly appreciated the time and energy of stakeholders for their valuable feedback. The ISDC reviewed the feedback in advance and spent the three days discussing how they would modify the Standard based upon stakeholder input. There was considerable debate on many aspects of the Standard including the structure of the Standard, clarification of concepts including Important Water Areas and Area of Influence, and developing the concept of certification levels. Public conclusions from the meeting will be posted once they are confirmed by the ISDC.

The Latin America and Caribbean Coordinating Committee also kindly hosted an afternoon discussion and an evening meal where stakeholders had the opportunity to interact with the ISDC and AWS Secretariat.

Responses to the Phase I stakeholder input will be grouped by discussion area, and posted on the AWS website (as well as by newsletter) by the end of August, 2012. The second draft will be developed between now and the fall, with a targeted release date of late November, 2012.
If you have any questions about the meeting or the Water Roundtable process, please contact Alexis Morgan.

Call for Organizations to Help Organize Regional Meetings

We would like to extend a call to organizations interested in hosting regional meetings to bolster the amount of feedback and stakeholder engagement in Phase II of the Water Roundtable. The meetings would take place between November, 2012 and July 2013. As well as playing a key role in the development of the Standard, host organizations would have the opportunity to gain insight into stakeholder perspectives on water stewardship. For more details on hosting regional meeting (or meetings), please contact Alexis Morgan


Review of Stakeholder Feedback on the First Draft International Water Stewardship Standard

From March 13 – June 15th, stakeholders were invited to provide feedback on the first draft of the first International Water Stewardship Standard (“AWS Standard”). We would like to extend our thanks to all of those who spent the time to review the first draft and provide invaluable feedback to the ISDC.

We received comments from over 400 stakeholders in 26 countries (including 200 from AWS-LAC's Regional Forum participants and 130 from AWS-NA's regional stakeholder meetings). While comments were varied and comprehensive, there were several common points of feedback. Those that commented (40% from the Business and Water Service Providers, 38% from Civil Society and 22% from Public Sector Agencies) had the most to comment on:
1) how Important Water Areas were determined,
2) how the Area of Influence was determined and its role in the Standard,
3) what the role of implementers and promoters should be in the Standard,
4) how the Standard should integrate indirect water use and supply chain issues,
5) the largest (and most varied) comment grouping centered on how the Standard should be structured.

We have organized and coded the comments into a number of specific topic areas. The ISDC is currently in the process of considering these comments and then providing official responses to each of these different areas. We expect the ISDC’s public responses to be made available online by the end of August, 2012.


Regional Update

North Asia--Draft Standard stakeholder engagement session held in China

Representatives from the private sector, academia, and civil society gathered on June 6 at The Nature Conservancy’s Beijing, China office to discuss the first draft of the International Water Stewardship Standard. The group was joined by prominent environmentalist Ma Jun, a recipient of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize and a former member of the AWS International Standard Development Committee.

Topics of discussion included, among others, business reputation and incentives around water stewardship;  the challenges surrounding creating a universal standard that will apply in diverse regions and sectors; the role of government;  and the importance of raising consumer and business awareness in China.

Feedback from the gathering was shared with the ISDC as an input from the first public comment period on the draft Standard. An event summary is available here.
 

North America--Public meetings held in North America 

The Alliance for Water Stewardship North America Regional Initiative held public meetings in Washington, D.C. and Toronto, Ontario to solicit feedback on the first draft International Water Stewardship Standard.  Reports from each of these events, as well as from a related session at the Sustainable Water Resources Roundtable meeting in Washington, D.C., are available on the North America section of our website. 

For more information please email AWS North America Regional Coordinator Lisa Downes or call +1 414 248 8095.

Latin America and Caribbean--The 3rd AWS-LAC Regional Forum

The 3rd AWS-LAC Regional Forum was held on June 6-7, 2012 in Medellin, Colombia, with the great hospitality and assistance of Empresas Publicas de Medellin (EPM). This Forum gave the opportunity to present the first draft of the AWS-Standard and to compile recommendations for teh ISDC, based on AWS-LAC’s existing recommendations from 2011 and new input directly to the draft. Click here for full article.

For more information please contact AWS-LAC Regional Coordinator Ricardo Monsivais.   

Water Stewardship Australia conducting multiple field trials

Full Tatura Field Trial Now Underway
Following the completion of a desktop review on April 20, Tatura Milk industries, Dairy Australia and the Goulbourn Broken Catchment Management Authority have been working together on a full field trial of the Australian Water Stewardship Standard. This field trial commenced on May 30, and aims to test the applicability of the WSA Standard, taking into account the experience of the industry, catchment and region, whilst engaging stakeholders in discussion about the potential of a water stewardship system. A number of trial days have been completed in Tatura and Shepparton including a tour of the milk factory. A Reference Group meeting is scheduled for 27 June.

Riverland Field Trial June 18: Key stakeholders engaged in desktop field trial

WSA hosted a second desktop review of the Australian Water Stewardship Standard at Langhorne Creek in the South Australian Riverland on 18 June. Participants in the Review included The South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, the SA Department of Water, the SA Department of Primary Industries, the Winemakers Federation of Australia, the Langhorne Creek Winemakers Association and a number of large and smaller local wineries. The workshop aimed to understand the implications of the Standard for the catchment and the wine industry, to engage key stakeholders in the water stewardship approach, and to identify elements of a group certification approach that will make water stewardship compliance more accessible. Preconditions for a full field trial were discussed and scoping work is currently underway.

Europe: European Crop Protection Industry committed to EWS

As part of the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) ‘Time to Change’ initiative, an industry project was initiated in 2012 with the aim to audit production sites for crop protection products in the EU using the EWS standard. Most of the larger companies (BASF, Bayer Crop Science, DuPont, Monsanto) are already committed to start an EWS pre-screening study at one of their production sites in 2012. The kick-off meeting for this pilot project phase will be held on the 6th of September 2012 at ECPA offices in Brussels. With this project, the crop protection industry takes the lead in Europe to promote sustainable water use in its quantitative and qualitative aspects at chemical production sites. For more information visit the EWP website

 

 

 


Upcoming Events

  • August 29th, Stockholm, Sweden: CGLI-WBCSD Workshop, Stockholm International Water Week
  • September 29th-October 3rd, WEFTEC Conference, New Orleans, USA
  • October 9th-10th, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Water Council Summit "Building the Water Centric City"
  • October 22nd-24th, Location TBD: 5th International Standard Development Committee
  • November 5th-7th, South Africa: International Conference on Freshwater Governance for Sustainable Development

April 2012

Reminder: Less than 60 days left in Phase I Public Comment Period

 Just a small reminder to everyone that there are roughly sixty days left in the public comment period, which closes June 15, 2012. The AWS encourages all individuals to provide input on the draft AWS Standard and suggest improvements.

To access the draft AWS Standard, please go here: http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/what-we-do.html#water-stewardship-standard, and to provide comments via the online feedback survey, please
go here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M8YFSRS.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Alexis Morgan, the Global Water
Roundtable Coordinator at alexis.morgan@wwfus.org.


AWS at the 6th World Water Forum

The AWS was strongly represented at the World Water Forum in Marseille. In addition to launching the

first draft International Water Stewardship Standard, the AWS Secretariat staff and partners promoted
water stewardship at a number of events throughout the Forum. This included an interactive panel
discussion regarding the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Initiative on March 15 at the Mexico
Pavillion. To hear more about this event click here or email Ricardo Monsivais, Latin America and
Caribbean Regional Coordinator, rmonsivais@tnc.org.


The AWS would like to express our gratitude to all those who made water stewardship a focal point for
action at the Forum. Together, we can help ensure our water is protected for people and nature today
and tomorrow.


April Upcoming Events-Save the Date!


From now through June 15, AWS will be organizing and taking part in a number of meetings around the globe to share the draft AWS Standard, engage a variety of stakeholders and encourage input during the first public comment period. The following events are confirmed, with others currently in the planning stage:

April 4. Alexis Morgan, global water roundtable coordinator, spoke to approximately 80 people on
a webinar hosted by 2Degrees. The recorded webcast is available at:
http://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/water-risk-and-strategy/resources/international-waterstewardship-
standard-help-shape-future-sustainable-water-use-recording/

April 18. Adrian Sym, Executive Director, spoke at the South African Water, Energy and Food
Forum, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Click here for more information on AWS at this event.

April 23. Adrian Sym, Executive Director, spoke at a meeting of the UN Global Compact Network
Indonesia. Click here for more information on AWS at this event.

April 26. A second webinar was hosted by 2Degrees, recorded webcast available via the 2Degrees
link above.

April 26. AWS co-hosted an event with Deloitte and WWF in Toronto, Canada on “Water: From
shared risk to shared opportunity – Moving towards better water stewardship”

May 23. AWS public meeting, Washington, DC, USA

May 29-30. ISEAL Public Conference 2012, Bonn, Germany

June 6-7. AWS public meeting, Medellin, Colombia

June 16. Just ahead of Rio+20, the AWS and CEO Water Mandate will co-host a session at the
UN Global Compact's Corporate Sustainability Forum. Details to come.

Please contact Sarah Davidson, the Global Regional Initiatives Coordinator, at sdavidson@tnc.org for
more information, to participate, or if you are interested in helping to host a meeting in your area.


ISDC Status Update- Application deadline extended to May 20th, 2012

ISDC Status Update: The AWS Board thanks all of those individuals who applied for the open slot on the

International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) and is happy to announce Axel Dourojeanni has
been selected to the ISDC as representative from the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

In addition, the AWS would also like to announce that there is one additional position available from
Northern Asia (the region that is made up by China, Mongolia, Macau, and Taiwan). The existing Civil
Society Representative, Mr. Ma Jun, after a year of assistance has had to step aside due to time
constraints, and the AWS would like to thank him for his assistance to date and his ongoing support for
the work.

Applications will be accepted up to May 20th, 2012.

The ISDC is the primary decision-making body in relation to AWS standards content and is charged with
synthesizing stakeholder input from throughout the world to form the International Water Stewardship
Standard. 15 positions make up the full ISDC.


For more information on the ISDC and the selection process, including the Terms of Reference, and
general expectations of ISDC members, please visit: http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/what-wedo.
html#water-roundtable

Note - all applicants should ensure they are free for the next ISDC meeting which will be held in Mexico
City, June 25-27th, 2012.

If you are interested in applying please email Alexis Morgan (alexis.morgan@wwfus.org).


March 2012

International Water Stewardship Standard

AWS is pleased to announce the release of the First Draft International Water Stewardship Standard for Public Consultation. The first public consultation will be open to stakeholders until June 15th, 2012.

The Standard aims to support water users in taking appropriate actions to evaluate and improve their impacts on watersheds. It aims to build on other water-related tools, helping users to reduce their water risk and generate social, environmental and economic benefits. The Standard is designed for global application in all relevant sectors.

The draft Standard focuses around four principles: water governance, water balance, water quality, and important water areas. Each principle includes criteria and indicators against which compliance will be measured. The Standard recognizes both performance and process, aiming to both ensure rigour and maximize uptake. The Standard is accompanied with guidance materials for interpretation and, ultimately, a third-party verification system. Click here to view the draft Standard and related documents, and provide your feedback.


AWS coordinating session at 6th World Water Forum

AWS will coordinate a thematic “target and solution” session at the 6th World Water Forum, taking place in Marseille, France. The session s – “Corporate Water Stewardship: Moving Towards Verifiable Sustainable Water Management” – will focus on the work of a small group that is leading on work towards the achievement of the target “By 2015, more than 20 major businesses and their supply chains, from multiple business sectors, have developed water footprint impact mitigation and sustainable water management certification programmes”. This group consists of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Nalco, Sealed Air and CEO Water Mandate. The session will take place on Tuesday March 13th from 14:30 to 16:30. More information is available at the World Water Forum website


International Standard Development Committee – Call for nominations

AWS would like to extend the call for nominations for membership on the International Standard Development Committee. Applications will be accepted up to April 10th 2012.  Please note that the member MUST be from the public sector. While the representative may come from any region aside from Europe (which currently has the maximum of three representatives), preference will be given to China, South Asia, Central Asia and Latin America (which currently have only one representative).

The ISDC is the primary decision-making body in relation to AWS standards content and is charged with synthesizing stakeholder input from throughout the world to form the International Water Stewardship Standard. 15 positions make up the full ISDC.

For more information on the ISDC and the selection process, including the Terms of Reference, and general expectations of ISDC members, please visit: http://allianceforwaterstewardship.org/water_roundtable.html

The call for nominations will last for four weeks, and close on April 10, 2012 at which point the applications will be reviewed and selected candidates contacted. If they agree to participate, their names will be put forth for public commentary for a two-week period.

The ISDC will next meet in Latin America from June 25-27th, 2012.

If you are interested in applying please email Alexis Morgan


January 2012

Summary of this months news:

Can be found here in pdf format.


China water stewardship dialogue

On 5th January AWS co-hosted a Water Stewardship Dialogue in Beijing with two of our Board Organizations, WWF and The Nature Conservancy. More than fifty participants heard about the respective programs of the host organizations, before discussing ways in which to advance water stewardship in China.

The afternoon was devoted to a discussion around the AWS International Standard and ways to ensure Chinese stakeholders are fully engaged in the Standard development process. Participants came from a diverse range of backgrounds, including local and international businesses, academia business associations and NGOs.

As a result of this event we are working with stakeholders to stage follow-up event and test draft versions of the Standard at suitable locations in China later in the year.

 


AWS Latin America Regional Forum

AWS Latin America Regional Forum

On November 29-30, 2011, the AWS-Regional Initiative for Latin America and the Caribbean (AWS-LAC) organized the 2nd AWS-LAC Regional Forum.

This event gathered 34 representatives from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico, and the main purpose was to analyze, compile and validate criteria for water stewardship standards.

The information analyzed at this forum was the result of the organization of the 5 workshops held in 2011 in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Mexico. A full report from the Forum can be accessed here.

 


European Water Stewardship Launch

AWS Board Organization European Water Partnership launched European Water Stewardship (EWS) on November 24, 2011 at the Royal Academy of Belgium in Brussels. Representatives of industries, agriculture, public authorities and civil society discussed and identified common opportunities and challenges in order to take concrete steps towards sustainable water management.

European Water Stewardship is designed to provide the tools to make the complementary efforts of the private sector and enforced implementation of European legal requirements part of daily business practice to create long-term solutions for water management on a river basin scale.

During the panel discussion on the EWS implementation in industry, Joppe Cramwinckel of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development underlined "EWS provides a tool for public participation in the river basin management also interms of shared responsibility."

Eckhard Koch of BASF SE emphasized that mitigation of water risks and suitable response strategies should not stay
restricted on local and seasonal level, but tools like the EWS standard should also be taken up with a global perspective. EWP’s participation in AWS is helping work toward that goal

 


Nexus Conference in Bonn

In November, the Federal German Government hosted an important conference on Water Energy Food Nexus. Alongside the CEO Water Mandate and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, AWS was co-host one of the conference's hot topic sessions on Water Stewardship and Food and Energy Security: Exploring the Role of Corporate Water Users and Polluters. A panel of experts built on the session background paper with discussions of their experiences and ideas.

To access the background paper for this event please click here.

 


Progress update on development of International Water Stewardship Standard

Since July 2011, the International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) has been steadily working via meetings and calls to pull together the initial draft AWS Standard.

Assisted by the AWS Secretariat, the 15-member ISDC has met twice (Sri Lanka in July, and Milwaukee in October) and held bi-weekly calls, to decide on the framework, structure and content of the first AWS draft Standard. The next ISDC meeting, to be held in Melbourne, Australia at the end of January and hosted by Water Stewardship Australia, will further refine the first draft. Depending on progress made in Melbourne, we hope to be able to release the first draft Standard in March.

This will be followed by a public consultation period of at least sixty days. Please log on to our website for notifications of public release and methods of submitting feedback.

 


Australian stakeholder workshop

Founding AWS Board Organization, Water Stewardship Australia, is holding a stakeholder workshop in Melbourne on the 1st and 2nd of February. This event is an important opportunity for Australian stakeholders to influence the future development of the global water stewardship standard and system.

The workshop will consider changes to the Australian water stewardship standard. Experience gained in Australia will in turn influence development of the global water stewardship standard and system.

Members of the International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) will be in Australia to discuss their development work and learn from the Australian experience.

A number of ISDC members are expected to participate in the WSA workshop. The WSA Technical Advisory Committee will meet in mid-January to finalise proposed changes to the Australian water stewardship draft standard to be considered at the February workshop.

 


Presentation of AWS work in Kenya

AWS Board member Nick Hepworth of Water Witness International travelled to Kenya in December to present AWSs workaround Lake Naivasha at a workshop on carbon and water management in horticultural exports from East Africa.

In 2010 AWS worked with GIZ and Marks & Spencer to test Australian and European draft Standards in the Lake Naivasha area. The lake is an important centre for horticulture and a significant source of Kenya's export revenue.

The workshop was coorganized by the International Trade Centre, the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya and PIP.


Presentation on Urban Water Stewardship

The theme of the recent IWA Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was Pioneering Water Solutions in Urbanizing Areas.

This gave AWS to present some our ideas on applying water stewardship in urban environments and gather feedback from experts in urban water management and planning.

Based on the input received at the Congress we will continue to work with key stakeholders (including our Board Organizations) to explore the concept and its potential value.



Report on North America Public Meeting

A report summarizing the North America Regional Initiatives first AWS public meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 25, 2011) is available here.

Additional public meetings will be held throughout North America in Spring 2012. For more information, please contact Lisa Downes at 414/248-8095 or ldownes@tnc.org

 


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