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NHS Highland CEO, Elaine Mead, and her Leadership Team, have enthusiastically welcomed the proposal to implement the AWS Standard at Caithness General, the first healthcare facility worldwide, and first UK site in any sector, to seek AWS certification. This is part of the Green Healthcare Highlands Project, exploring innovative approaches to sustainability, and is intended as a domino project to generate learning for replication at other sites in the region and potentially further afield. A collaborative approach will be adopted involving several key agencies including Highlands and Islands Enterprise (an AWS member), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Environmental...

The following training programs are planned for the next couple of months: 19-21 April in Johannesburg 23-25 April in Cape Town 2-4 May in Melbourne 20-22 June in Durban In addition, we will be organizing training in India as soon as possible. Please contact me if you have interest in training in India. Information and contacts for all of these training opportunities is available on our website. For anyone in the London area, AWS will be moderating a session on “water risk beyond the fenceline” at the Environmental Finance conference on Water Risk, Opportunity & Sustainability on April 5th. AWS subscribers may be interested...

As part of our ongoing commitment to achieve a single global water stewardship system we recently delivered a joint training session with our partners from the European Water Stewardship System. This three-day event in Brussels also enabled several specialist service providers to meet the training requirements for AWS accreditation, thereby helping boost the AWS system capacity in Europe....

Read AWS board member Chris Brown’s recent blog post: Water Stewardship Australia’s blog post on the TEDA industrial park project: http://waterstewardship.org.au/demonstrating-good-water-stewardship-major-industrial-park-china/ Adrian Sym has contributed a chapter on AWS to a recently-published book: “Global Water Ethics” available at https://www.routledge.com/Global-Water-Ethics-Towards-a-global-ethics-charter/Ziegler-Groenfeldt/p/book/9781138204294...

We continue to build and diversify our membership. So far in 2017 the following organizations have joined more than 60 who signed up last year as members of AWS: AZAO, The Coca Cola Company, DHI, ERM, SCS, Merck and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. To join AWS please apply via our website....

On Tuesday 4 April, the first workshop for the implementation of the AWS Standard with producers in Spain will take place. The workshop is part of the AWS-WWF-EDEKA cooperation to implement the AWS Standard in supply chain production sites in water stressed locations around the world. AWS, Edeka and WWF-Germany established by a Memorandum of Cooperation in 2016. After the workshop, our team members working on this project will further support producers with the implementation of the AWS standard....