Water stewardship workshop in Bangkok
A recent water stewardship workshop in Bangkok was a great success with more than 70 people registering from a broad range of leading business as well as industry associations. The workshop was the first joint presentation of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard and the WWF Water Risk Filter. The workshop heard how the Water Risk Filter could be used as a tool for assessing supply chain and operational water risk on a global basis as well as a regional basis. The Greater Mekong Region was hit with a debilitating drought earlier this year which brought home to many businesses the water risks they face even in a region traditionally regarded as water plentiful. WSA Secretary Michael Spencer took participants through the water stewardship system including the rationale, the AWS Standard, how the AWS Standard can work with other standards and normative systems, and the AWS verification system. Feedback from the workshop was very positive and follow-up meetings were held with the Federation of Thai Industries and the Industrial Estates Authority of Thailand to discuss the potential for ongoing relationships. The meetings were facilitated by Austrade (thank you) and the project is supported by the Australian Government’s Australian Water Partnership.