event 04 Dec 2013

Standardisation // Deadline for Feedback on International Water Stewardship Standard extended

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.

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This timeline will still allow the International Standards Development Committee to hear all voices and integrate suggestions into the 1.0 version of the AWS Standard for launch in April 2014. The survey will remain open and a paper version is available upon request. Please click on the following link to access the feedback form: {https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KKKZH3S}. NOTE: Sites implementing the Beta Standard are not beholden to this deadline. To download and view a copy of the Beta AWS Standard, click {http://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org/Beta%20AWS%20Standard%2004_03_2013.pdf|here}.

About the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard

The AWS International Water Stewardship 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 standardisation process is coordinated by the Alliance for Water Stewardship. Since releasing the Beta AWS Standard in March 2013 the Alliance has secured commitments to apply the Standard at 14 sites in nine countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, India, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and USA. For more information on these projects download the {http://www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org/assets/documents/AWS_Beta_Application_Summary_August_2013.pdf|Update on Beta Applications}.
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