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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

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.

03 Jul 14

IGAD has designed the Inland Water Resources Management Program, INWRMP, with the objective of harnessing its water resources in an integrated and coordinated manner so as to achieve food security, avoid potential or real water related conflicts and attain peace and sustainable development.The IGAD-INWRMP is going to have a Water Dialogue Forum on “Water for Regional Cooperation” on 3-5 Dec 2014, Nairobi, Kenya. Deadline for papers is 15 Aug 2014.

NEXUS in the Media

03 Sep 12

The Guardian

The global water crisis makes collaboration between business, NGOs and civil society essential for securing a sustainable, long term future for all. In Stockholm, 2,500 delegates have gathered for World Water Week to discuss the global water crisis and its effects on food security. Droughts and floods from America to Australia have devastated farms, frustrated civic leaders and caused food prices to skyrocket at a disturbing rate. Now companies are realising that water stewardship is both a moral imperative and makes smart business sense. With the world confronting a 40% gap between the planet’s supply and demand by 2030, the time to confront water scarcity is now.

14 Sep 12


In a wide-ranging interview with Sanjeev Chadha, President, PepsiCo Middle East & Africa, we discussed the evolving relationship between business and society, water management and sustainability at PepsiCo, shortages and scarcity particularly in the Middle East and Africa, the interconnectivity of water with a number of other critical issues, and key leadership lessons learned from a business perspective in tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.

29 Nov 12

The GSV Forum 2012 in New Delhi/India on 5 November 2012 brought together opinion leaders from South Asia and beyond to discuss the role business in society, nutrition, water and rural development. This video contains the session on “Water, energy, food security”.


  • 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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