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AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum 2018

AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum 2018

30th and 31st October 2018 Edinburgh, Scotland

Water risks are an ever-present and rising threat around the world. Changing lifestyles, growing economies and climate change impacts are all placing pressure on precious water resources. To ensure a water-secure world that enables people, cultures, business and nature to prosper, now and in the future, we need all water-users to step up and play their part.

Water stewardship is a way for water users to jointly identify and achieve shared water-related goals. AWS aims to inspire global leadership in responsible water stewardship that recognizes and secures the social, cultural, environmental and economic value of freshwater resources.

First launched in 2016 the AWS Global Water Stewardship Forum has quickly been recognised as the ‘must attend’ event for the international water stewardship community. Offering a unique space for diverse actors to come together and engage in two days of knowledge sharing, networking and action planning, the AWS Forum will help the stewardship community to advance impact against the four positive outcomes sought by the AWS Standard:

Sustainable water balance

Good water quality

Healthy water-related areas

Improved water governance

As with previous AWS fora the 2018 Forum will be an open, participant driven, multi-stakeholder event reflecting and engaging diverse perspectives. Delegates will include businesses facing water-related risks relating to operations, supply chains, local stakeholder groups and end of line consumers; public sector organizations working in water-relevant areas of policy; investors and financial service providers concerned with water-related risk management processes; development agencies and NGOs with water-related programmes and sustainability service providers who support the implementation or assessment of standards and CSR programmes.

Delegates will network with a range of water stewardship practitioners, share experience and perspectives and engage in open discussions to collectively advance the impact of stewardship. Expert panels from business, government and civil society will reflect on progress and achievements to date as well as addressing the major issues required to deepen and widen participation in water stewardship, and to scale the impact of stewardship in diverse sectors, geographies and economies.

Convened with support from the Scottish Government the AWS Forum is open to Members and non-Members of AWS. Member organisations receive one free ticket. All other tickets are £350 + VAT. Registration opens in July.

As the 2016 and 2017 Forums sold out early, prompt applications are strongly advised. For further please contact sarah@a4ws.org.

Please note that the AWS AGM will be held in Edinburgh on the 1st November. All AWS Members are encouraged to attend and vote on the future evolution of AWS and the AWS Standard.

Image: A frozen Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland © Ben King