Following last year’s launch of the International Water Stewardship Standard, the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is stepping up its capacity-building program, aiming to equip water management and sustainability professionals with the knowledge they need to implement or promote water stewardship.
Founded in 2008, AWS is a multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to enhancing water stewardship capacity and guiding, incentivizing and differentiating responsible water use. The organization’s mission is to promote responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial as well as environmentally sustainable.
Alongside AWS’s regional partners, a global pool of experts will be the go-to points for organizations looking to understand more about the Standard’s innovative approach, for companies needing support in implementation, and for independent assessment of conformity against the Standard.
Over the next two months, training programs are scheduled in India, China, Australia, the United States and Scotland.
AWS is holding a training day in Scotland on May 23rd in collaboration with Water Witness International and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. The event will bring together leaders in sustainable water management in Scotland, with case studies from the whiskey industry, Scottish Water and from innovative catchment management projects, all set in the context of the Scottish Government’s Hydro Nation initiative.
Adrian Sym, Executive Director of AWS, told OOSKAnews: “The Scottish context is especially important for AWS as it is taking the final steps towards launching a membership structure via a new Scottish-registered non-profit entity. This is designed to enable multi-stakeholder participation in the governance of AWS -- one of the fundamental tenets of water stewardship.
“With a network of highly-skilled professional service providers and multi-stakeholder membership, the AWS water stewardship system will become fully operational, enabling the social, environmental and economic impacts that water stewardship is designed to achieve.”
More info re the Edinburgh event can be found here.
A network of institutional and regional partners to AWS includes representatives from industry, agriculture, public sector and civil society. AWS’’s founding partners included American Standard, CDP, Centre for Responsible Business, Centro del Agua para America Latina y el Caribe, Ecolab, European Water Partnership, Fundacion Chile, Fundacion FEMSA, Future500, General Mills, The Gold Standard Foundation, Hindustan Unilever Foundation, Inghams Enterprises, Marks & Spencer, Murray Darling Basin Authority, Nestle, Pacific Institute, Sealed Air, United Nations Environment Program, the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, The Nature Conservancy, The Water Council, Veolia, Water Environment Federation, Water Footprint Network, Water Stewardship Australia, Water Witness International, WaterAid and WWF.