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22 Feb 12

Water Stewardship Initiative – Upscaling cooperation with the private sector and creating innovative partnerships

The “Water Stewardship Initiative” intends to scale up cooperation with the private sector. It will create innovative partnerships to mobilise bottom-up action between government, business and civil society for improved water (and land) management in developing countries. It recognizes that water is a shared resource and cannot be secured by one actor alone.

The “Water Stewardship Initiative” powerfully engages water and energy utilities and agricultural producers in understanding and addressing water risks. It fully implements the nexus-approach. This initiative was launched by state secretary Gudrun Kopp (BMZ) during the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference.


Gudrun Kopp, Secretary of State, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Lead Organisation:

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


Related Resources

Draft Agenda

International Water Stewardship Standard

The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (the Standard) is designed to be an international, ISEAL-compliant, standard that defines a set of water stewardship principles, criteria, and indicators for how water should be stewarded at a site and watershed level in a way that is environmentally, socially, and economically beneficial. The Standard is intended to provide water stewards with an approach for evaluating the existing processes and performances within their sites and watersheds, and ensuring that responsible water stewardship actions are in place to minimize negative impacts and maximize positive impacts. The first public consultation will be open to stakeholders until June 15th, 2012.

Further Reading

19 Dec 14

The business world is quickly beginning to understand the intersection of the water sector and the energy sector and the significant impact they have on business operations. In the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors, energy efficiency and other measures could save as much as 15-30 percent of water use without reducing operations. By Kate Zerrenner

04 Dec 13

Although the public consultation period came to a close 1 Dec 2013, the Alliance for Water Stewardship reports it has received multiple requests for additional time. To allow for maximum participation in this critical consultation period, the feedback deadline has been extended to December 31st.

06 Jun 13

An interview with Nick Bonvoisin, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.

NEXUS in the Media

09 Dec 14


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF)’s report and surrounding events are highlighting success stories and, more importantly, opportunities for the business community to address the energy–water nexus.

05 Oct 14

Oil&Gas Financial Journal

The World Energy Council (WEC) has launched a new initiative to help mobilize investments into the energy sector. The WEC project, Financing Resilient Energy Infrastructure, will seek to understand how the energy and finance sectors can work together and with other sectors to better understand risk and uncertainty in energy infrastructure and thereby unlock the capital needed to accelerate the transition to a resilient global energy economy.

02 Dec 15


Reconciling the competing and sometimes incompatible objectives of the water, energy and food sectors and environmental protection is fraught with difficulties even at the national level

13 Oct 15

The US-Administration is celebrating the five-year anniversary of Challenge.gov.


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen
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