AWS is a global membership collaboration comprising businesses, NGOs and the public sector. Our global structure enables us to act with local knowledge and expertise within a system that is guided and supported by our combined international experience. The AWS International Secretariat acts as the custodian of the AWS Standard and its related systems. Around the world, we have a number of Regional Partners and Local Coordinators who use the Standard to drive and implement water stewardship action on the ground. The Secretariat, Regional Partners and Local Coordinators all work together to promote and build use of the AWS Standard globally.
The AWS International Secretariat
AWS International is based in Scotland and governed by an international Board of Trustees comprised of AWS members. AWS International has responsibility for the overall governance and management of the AWS Standard System, and works closely with our Regional Partners, Members, Accredited Service Providers and other stakeholders to further develop the AWS Standard System and work within the global water stewardship community. The AWS International team is:
Our work in South Africa is coordinated by Mark Dent. We are currently in the process of constituting a Regional Partner for Africa and hope to have one in place in 2019. Please contact us for more information.
We are represented in Asia Pacific by AWS Asia Pacific (formerly Water Stewardship Australia) who are supported by the Australian Water Partnership. Water Stewardship Australia was a founding member of AWS in 2008 and has acted as the regional partner since then. AWS Asia Pacific covers Australia, Chine, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Thailand and Vietnam. For information about work in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, please contact Megan McLeod. For information about water stewardship in China and South East Asia, please contact ZhenZhen Xu.
We have worked closely with the European Water Partnership which operates the European Water Stewardship program. Recognising the need for a coherent global water stewardship system to engage major water users with interests in multiple regions, AWS and EWP have reached an agreement to work together to achieve a single global water stewardship standard system compliant with ISEAL codes of good practice.
AWS has worked with a number of partners in countries in Latin America, particularly focused on piloting the AWS Standard in agricultural supply chains. Due to growing demand for increased activity in the region, we hope to have a Regional Partner for Latin America in place by 2020. For more information please contact us.
We are represented in North America by The Water Council, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Water Council has been the host of AWS North America since 2011. AWS North America covers Canada, Mexico and the USA. For more information about work in the region, please contact Matt Howard.
In India, we have a local coordinator, Ashish Bhardwaj, who supports the Indian Water Stewardship Network and works closely with the Secretariat and partners to further develop water stewardship activities in South Asia. Due to growing interest and demand for water stewardship support and action in Pakistan, we will soon have a local coordinator in place to help develop the local network. For more information, please get in touch.