OOSKAnews produced the second panel discussion in this year’s series of aquaNOW Audiences 11 November at The Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland. and the topic this time was "The Future Of Water Stewardship”.
The series is supported by "Scotland: The Hydro Nation"; Barry Greig, who leads for the Scottish Government on this initiative welcomed the studio audience and online viewers, describing the Hydro Nation’s ambition to maximize the value of water resources in both an economic and a non-economic sense while also supporting industry. A further aim is to offer an outward looking and international agenda, and the11 November panel featured participants from across the world. For more information on the Hydro Nation click here.
Panelists discussed questions audience questions posed through the event Chair David Duncan, Founder, OOSKAnews, which stemmed from the theme “The Future of Water Stewardship".
Carla Toranzo offered a perspective from Latin America and, as a regional expert on Water and Sanitation, shed some light on projects for the Inter-American Development Bank. Carla also serves as Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator of the Alliance for Water Stewardship.
Herbet Kashililah (Kash) spoke as a leading water expert in Tanzania and East Africa, bringing his expertise of working for over 30 years with government, civil society and donor communities there and shaping Tanzania’s water sector development program. Kash is interim Chair of the Regional Advisory Group of Alliance for Water Stewardship Africa.
Michael Alexander represented UK-based Diageo as their global head of water, environment, and agriculture sustainability, which has operations in over 20 countries. Alexander drives the company’s environmental program, with particular focus on water stewardship and agricultural supply chains.
Matt Howard, Vice President for Stewardship, The Water Council (Wisconsin) oversees sustainability and stewardship initiatives that focus on rolling out the Alliance for Water Stewardship’s International Water Stewardship Standard (“AWS Standard”) in North America. He previously worked on sustainability initiatives for the US Department of Commerce.
Kerr Adams, a PhD candidate under the Hydro Nation scholar program, is currently studying at the University of Edinburgh and The James Hutton Institute. Previously, Kerr worked as a graduate research assistant at the University of Arkansas, where he also achieved his MSc in Agricultural Economics.
Ten years ago Nick Hepworth founded NGO Water Witness International that advocates for a fair water future for the world’s people. Hepworth has worked to advance water management, sustainable development and social justice around the world for 25 years as a government regulator, an academic, consultant, educator and activist. Water Witness co-developed the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard which holds some of the world’s largest corporations to account for responsible performance on water, and has pioneered the systematic application of accountability and budget monitoring for water security with civil society partners across Africa.
To read more about the panelists click here.
Water Witness International Award And Celebration
Following on from the hour long discussion, a bonus occasion in the studio occurred which saw Water Witness International (WWI) celebrating 10 years of the organization’s impact and the launch of its new 2030 strategy.
This was an opportunity to hear about WWI’s five imperatives for action for a Fair Water Future in the face of the climate emergency, and the role WWI intends to play in their delivery over the next decade. WWI also announced the inaugural winner of its “Water Warrior Award.” The winner was Miraji Simba, a water warrior for Kigogo Ward in Dar es Salaam.
About the aquaNOW Audiences:
The Audiences are supported by “Scotland, the Hydro Nation”, and engage international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions. Moderator for the panel discussions is founder and publisher of OOSKAnews, David Duncan; the events are filmed before a live audience and streamed online to a global viewership. The AquaNOW audiences include interactive panel discussions engaging international water experts and Scottish expertise in global water-related challenges and solutions.