AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (AWS Standard) is a globally-applicable framework for major water users to understand their water use and impacts, and to work collaboratively and transparently for sustainable water management within a catchment context. The Standard is intended to drive social, environmental and economic benefits at the scale of a catchment.
It achieves this by engaging water-using sites in understanding and addressing shared catchment water challenges as well as site water risks and opportunities. It asks water-using sites to address these challenges in a way that progressively moves them to best practice in terms of four values:
Sustainable water balance
Good water quality
Healthy important water-related areas (sites and values)
Good water governance
In pursuit of these outcomes, implementation of the Standard encourages collaborative approaches that involve business and industry, government and community as well as civil society organisations.
The Standard provides water stewards with a six-step continual improvement framework that enables sites to commit to, understand, plan, implement, evaluate and communicate water stewardship actions.
Implementing the AWS Standard helps sites to:
mitigate their water risks
address their shared water challenges in the catchment
ensure that responsible water stewardship actions are in place to minimize negative impacts and maximize positive impacts for everyone.
The Standard can be implemented by any site, in any sector, in any catchment around the world. The Standard is supported by an Assurance System, which also supports claims and AWS logo use.
In addition, the Standard can also be used by others interested in mitigating risks for corporates, investors and public sector agencies as a framework to evaluate water stewardship practices.
The Standard and associated systems are maintained in accordance with the AWS Standards Development Procedure, which complies with the codes of best practice of the ISEAL Alliance, the global umbrella organization for credible standard systems. ISEAL-compliant