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South Africa Contextual Water Target Setting Pilots

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Countries: South Africa
Regions: Berg-Olifants, Orange, South Africa, Vaal
Project SDGs:
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Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Integrated Water Resource Management (SDG 6.5)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
International Cooperation and Capacity Building (SDG 6.a)
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
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Water-Related Vulnerability Assessments
Groundwater
Sanitation
Hygiene
Sustainable Withdrawals
Leaving No One Behind
Chemicals Management
Industrial Wastewater
Services Needed: No services needed/offered
Desired Partner: Business
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Jul. 01, 2018  »  Dec. 01, 2019
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 62%

Project Overview

The CEO Water Mandate launched this collaboration to help companies set water stewardship targets to both address their business-related water challenges and build the resilience of the broader catchment. Crucially, the pilot project informs target-setting through a local lens: because each catchment faces a different set of challenges, companies must set targets that reflect the operating conditions at the catchment scale. Project partners interrogated local water challenge…

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The CEO Water Mandate launched this collaboration to help companies set water stewardship targets to both address their business-related water challenges and build the resilience of the broader catchment. Crucially, the pilot project informs target-setting through a local lens: because each catchment faces a different set of challenges, companies must set targets that reflect the operating conditions at the catchment scale. Project partners interrogated local water challenges and risk at the basin and site levels. Next, each business identified their individual priority water challenges. These targets could be qualitative or quantitative, internal or external. The targets were guided by the ambition of each site and opportunities for collective action as well as the gap analysis between the current and desired end state for the basin.

In the Breede-Gouritz and Berg-Olifants water management areas, under which falls the Western Cape Water Supply System, the CEO Water Mandate has partnered with Woolworths and Hilton Hotel Group, with the assistance of GreenCape, TNC, WWF, Western Cape Government Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEDAP), the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation (DWS), and the Breede-Gouritz Catchment Management Agency (BGCMA). In the Upper Vaal region, the CEO Water Mandate has collaborated with Sasol, Unilever, with additional assistance from the National Business Initiative (NBI), the IVRS, Rand Water, and Eskom, to further this innovative initiative.

Project Results

By informing key stakeholders of crucial water risks, the basin study will allow these businesses to effectively prioritize water stewardship actions. Individual companies’ goals span a broad range, from operational cost savings and efficiency to business continuity and social license to operate. The CEO Water Mandate’s subsequent actions will include helping businesses to pursue shared water stewardship opportunities as well as document lessons learned from the project to inform future stewardship work. Companies interested in water stewardship in this region or more broadly can contact the CEO Water Mandate to learn more.

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The CEO Water Mandate mobilizes business leaders to advance water stewardship, sanitation, and the Sustainable Development Goals – in partnership with the United Nations, governments, peers, civil society, and others. Endorsers of the CEO Water Mandate recognize that they can … Learn More

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Hilton Hotels &amp; Resorts is a global brand of full-service hotels and resorts and the flagship brand of Hilton. Learn More

The National Business Initiative (NBI) is a voluntary coalition of South African and multinational companies, working towards sustainable growth and development in South Africa. Established in 1995, the NBI is a global network partner of the World Business Council for … Learn More

The Pacific Institute envisions a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future. In pursuit of this vision, the Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s … Learn More

Integrated energy and chemicals company, with head office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Two large production facilities (Sasol Synfuels and Sasol Infrachem) located in the Orange-Senqu (Vaal River) catchment. Learn More

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We acheive this through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 550 scientists, located in all 50 U.S. states … Learn More

Unilever's purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace Learn More

Woolworths Holdings Limited is an investment holding company, listed on the JSE Limited since 1997. It operates mainly through two subsidiaries, Woolworths (Proprietary) Limited and Country Road Limited and through a joint venture, Woolworths Financial Services (Proprietary) Limited. Caring for … Learn More

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. It is the world's largest independent conservation organization with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in … Learn More

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