Water use is primarily a local issue with local impacts, and the AWS Standard aims to deliver genuine benefits for local stakeholders. To achieve this, we are building a network of local or regional partners who engage local stakeholders and establish localized networks, expertise and data sets. The work of regional partners helps to facilitate contextually-appropriate water stewardship actions within the globally-consistent framework of the AWS Standard. Local partners play a key role in raising awareness, building water stewardship capacity, and supporting uptake of the AWS Standard.
Recognizing that there are also global drivers behind local water use, our local partners to establish the “local-to-global” learning pathways that are a critical part of the AWS approach. Information and knowledge from implementing the AWS Standard provides the fuel for global processes and strategy setting. AWS regional coordinators support the local-to-global approach as part of our international secretariat.