Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) has released the first draft of their International Water Stewardship Standard. It is open for public consultation until June 15, 2012 and can be found here. According to their website,
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.
This draft is only the first of several in an 18-month process and is intentionally incomplete. This process will involve another public consultation and will lead to the completion of a final version approved by the International Standard Development Committee (ISDC) projected to be released in mid-2013.
This is a stakeholder-driven document with all content open for discussion, which means the ISDC is requesting your input! The Committee needs people to give feedback and offer insight. There are a few areas in the online feedback survey where they would like responses to specific details, but they are open to general comments and have a place for that at the end of the survey.
You can find more information on the AWS Water Stewardship Standard web page including several PDF versions of the Standard, a press release announcing the release of the first draft, an overview of the document, and Frequently Asked Questions. After reviewing the documents, leave some feedback in the survey! Your comments will be greatly appreciated and will ensure that this document meets the need for a standardized set of water stewardship principles.
AWS was formed because of the clear need for a coherent international framework for responding to freshwater challenges. Our model is designed around capturing and enabling access to knowledge and expertise on best practice on water stewardship. The centrepiece of our work is the International Water Stewardship Standard.