Alliance for Water Stewardship releases draft standard for public comment
Mar 19th, 2012 |
Brussels, 19 March 2011. Since Tuesday 13th of March, the International Water Stewardship Standard is open to public consultation at the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) website. The AWS 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 first draft document has been launched by AWS at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille. The Standard is designed for global application in all relevant sectors. Equally to the EWS standard, a set of water stewardship principles, criteria, and indicators are defined which indicate how water should be stewarded at a site and at river basin level. The Standard is accompanied with guidance materials for interpretation and a third-party verification system. The European Water Stewardship (EWS), as recognized Regional Initiative and Member of Board of Directors of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), supports the AWS in its effort to define a “quality baseline” of the Water Stewardship approach. The launch of the draft Global Standard will definitely help to promote, communicate and implement Water Stewardship internationally.
We strongly encourage our readers to join this first public consultation. To view the first draft and its related documents, please click here. Via the same link you can provide your feedback until 15th of June 2012. A second draft of the Standard, based upon stakeholder feedback, will be released in late 2012 with a final Standard expected in mid 2013. To read the full AWS press release, please click here.