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In an landmark development for the growth of water stewardship internationally, a Chinese municipal authority has offered an incentive payment for companies to adopt and be certified against the AWS Water Stewardship Standard. Kunshan, a city that has occupied top spot on the Forbes list of Best Business Cities in mainland China for seven consecutive years, is offering RMB100,000 to companies that can achieve compliance with the AWS Standard.  The incentive is part of a package of measures outlined by the City to address water pollution challenges and respond to National Government initiatives to clean-up China’s air and water and create...

AWS Asia Pacific are delighted to convene and host the first AWS Water Stewardship Forum in Indonesia. Titled ‘Is water your business?’ the forum takes place on 8th May in Bogor, West-Java Indonesia at the Salak Tower Hotel. Topics covered will include water-related challenges in Indonesia, the business case for stewardship, opportunities for stewards with bi-lateral and multi-lateral programs and stakeholder engagement in water management governance. The forum will include reflections on application of the AWS Standard in China, presented AWS Asia Pacific Regional Director Zhenzhen Xu, and an overview of the AWS Standard and its relevance for the Indonesian context,...

Renmark Irrigation Trust becomes the world's first gold agricultural site and first agricultural collective to be AWS certified. Some of the best elements of water stewardship were on display in the South Australian town of Renmark earlier this month when government, business and civil society leaders came together on the Murray River to celebrate the first gold level certification of an agricultural site.  Renmark Irrigation Trust (RIT) is the first agricultural collective to be certified and paves the way for other groups of irrigators, villages or farm collectives to follow in their wake.                  ...

AWS is looking forward to a productive week in Stockholm for World Water Week, with lots of opportunities to grow collaboration and share experiences and learning. The annual World Water Week kicks off in Stockholm this Sunday, 26th August. AWS and our members will be convening and participating in a number of sessions throughout the week to further the water stewardship agenda and contribute to the growing momentum behind collaborative water stewardship activity globally. AWS and our members will be convening and participating in a number of events throughout the week. You can find out more in our summary of AWS and AWS...

Iberesparragal, a citrus grower in Spain, has become the first European farm to receive a Gold Certification under the AWS Standard. Another great water stewardship story has emerged with Iberesparragal, an orange grower in Spain becoming the first in Europe to receive Gold Certification under AWS. Iberesparragal produces citrus fruits for EDEKA and Netto Marken-Discount, two German supermarkets. Through a partnership with WWF and with implementation support from Good Stuff International, they have undertaken a project to substantially reduce their water and pesticide use, increase biodiversity across the farm and support improved water management practices throughout the catchment by encouraging other...

With the rapidly escalating growth of AWS water stewardship we urgently require additional staff in the international team to support with the monitoring and evaluation of  impacts and with facilitating participation in the AWS System....