Alliance for Water Stewardship

Organization Overview

The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a partnership of some of the world’s leaders in sustainable water resource management, bringing together businesses, multilateral agencies, governments, civil society and communities to drive consensus-based actions on shared water risk.
At the core of AWS lies applied knowledge of water stewardship. AWS employs three reinforcing programs to drive improved water stewardship: a standard and verification system, membership, and training. Each of these programs provides benefits and work together to build capacity to address our shared water challenges.

At the heart of AWS is the stakeholder-endorsed International Water Stewardship Standard. The AWS Standard drives improved water stewardship, defined as “the use of water that is socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site- and catchment-based actions”.

Cutting through the Standard are four overarching outcomes: good water governance; sustainable water balance; good water quality, and; healthy status of important water-related areas. The Standard outlines a series of steps, criteria and indicators for site-level water management and catchment-level water stewardship. Business and water service providers who are compliant with the Standard will be recognized for their performance. In addition, the Standard helps to align catchment strategies and policies with existing tools and best management practices and acts as a means to drive constructive relationships to ensure equitable and sustainable use of water.

Currently, AWS’s board organizations are The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Water Stewardship Australia (WSA), the Pacific Institute (PI), WWF, Water Witness International, the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the European Water Partnership (EWP), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Regions of Interest

Primary Regions appear in Blue.

This Organization has a Global Interest.

Amazon

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  • Land Use Issues
  • Physical water supply
  • Water Demand and Competition among Users

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Colorado

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Danube

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Ebro

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Ganges

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Community Led Integrated Water Management & Livelihoods Resilience

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Indus

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Krishna

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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La Plata

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Lake Victoria

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Limpopo

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Mekong

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Murray-Darling

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Nile

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Orange-Senqu

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Rhine

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Rimac - Peru

Overview: Peru is the world’s leading exporter of fresh asparagus but the industry’s impact on water resources is a major risk factor to the sustainability of production and related communities. With the support of SECO and SGS, we are working with Swiss retailer Coop to apply the Beta AWS Standard with one of its asparagus suppliers in Peru, DANPER. As part of the same project we are also running water stewardship training with a range of agroindustry producers and other stakeholders, e.g. the local chamber of commerce.
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  • Local Water Resource Governance
Contact Info: Ricardo Monsivias
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Rio Grande

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Tigris Euphrates

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Wami Ruvu

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  • Local Water Resource Governance

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Yangtze

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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Yellow

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  • Compliance with Local Regulations and Widely-Accepted Standards

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