Asia-Pacific water stewardship

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Asia-Pacific water stewardship

Alliance for Water Stewardship

Date: Tuesday, 13 September (full-day event)
Time: 8.30am-5.00pm

The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), Water Stewardship Australia and the India Water Stewardship Network are proud to host the second Asia-Pacific Water Stewardship Forum in New Delhi. The Forum is a unique opportunity to advance the understanding and impact of AWS water stewardship in the Asia-Pacific region, and to contribute to the further development of water stewardship at a global level. The AWS International Water Stewardship Standard (the AWS Standard) defines global best practice in water stewardship and establishes a framework for major water users to understand and improve their water use, and to effectively engage other stakeholders in pursuit of shared outcomes. The AWS Standard is gaining traction across Asia-Pacific as major water users seek to understand and take collaborative action in response to increasingly critical water challenges. Using examples from around the region, with a particular emphasis on India and South Asia, the Forum will examine water stewardship experiences in industry and agriculture in a diverse range of contexts from major international companies to local water users’ associations. The relationship between water stewardship and other sustainability standards and initiatives will also be explored.

The Asia Pacific Water Stewardship Forum is co-convened by:

  • India Water Stewardship Network (IWSN)
  • Water Stewardship Australia (WSA)
  • Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS)

With support from the Australian Water Partnership.

 

Objectives

Overall objectives for event: Greater opportunity for sharing issues and experiences among organizations and individuals from the Asia-Pacific region with
an interest in the implementation and/or promotion of water stewardship in a diverse range of contexts to

  • Understand the business imperatives for water stewardship across Asia-Pacific
  • Increase understanding and uptake of water stewardship across Asia-Pacific
  • Contextualise water stewardship from the perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Provide an opportunity for intra-regional learning on water stewardship
  • Strengthen collaborative opportunities between different sustainability approaches

 

Schedule

09:00-10:00
Inaugural session

Objectives of session:

  • Highlight the “Water Stewardship” business imperatives as a key approach to participatory stakeholder engagement
  • Provide context and introduction to AWS water stewardship for participants
  • Frame water stewardship in the context of SDGs

Presenters:

  • Michael Spencer, Chair AWS
  • Sejal Worah, WWF-India, Founding member IWSN
  • Russell Rollason, Director, Water Sanitation Health Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Keynote: Amitabh Kant, CEO, National Institution for Transforming India

  • Business imperatives for water stewardship
  • Water stewardship’s role in achievement of SDGs

 

10.00 – 10.30: BREAK

10.30-12:15
Session 1: Lessons from water stewardship in Industry

Objectives of session:

  • Share lessons from across region on application of water stewardship in industry
  • Demonstrate different value propositions for water stewardship in industry

Case studies:

  • Multi stakeholder actions and cleaner technologies: Lessons from Muradabad and Kanpur, India presented by WWF
    India Sanket Bhale, WWF India
  • Advancing water stewardship in Pakistan: Lessons from Jomshoro and Sheikupura, presented by Archroma and Nestle Pakistan
    Dr. Arshad Mehmood (Archroma) and Zeeshan Suhail (Nestle), via video conference
  • Engaging multiple businesses in a single catchment, lessons from Changzhou Printing & Dyeing Industrial Park, China
    Zhenzhen Xu, AWS Regional Director – Asia Pacific

Panel discussion on sharing experiences to advance water stewardship across the Asia Pacific region:

  • Anshuman, TERI
  • Rita Roy Chowdhury, FICCI (invited)
  • Siddhartha Prakash (2030WRG)

Audience Q&A

12.15 – 1.30: LUNCH

1.30-15:00
Session 2: Water stewardship in agriculture value-chain

Objectives of session:

  • Share lessons from across region on application of water stewardship in agriculture
  • Demonstrated different ways in which water stewardship can support agriculture

Case studies:

  • Lessons from group certification approaches in Australia and New Zealand, presented by Water Stewardship Australia
    Michael Spencer, WSA
  • Lessons from Small Farm Project, Huanghu, China, presented by Green Zhejiang
    Xin Hao, Green Zhejiang
  • Lessons from community water stewardship in Rajasthan, India, presented by Hindustan Unilever Foundation
    Praveen Prakash, HUF
  • Lessons from watershed development projects in India, presented by ITC
    Ashesh Ambasta, ITC

Panel discussion on sharing experiences to advance water stewardship across the Asia Pacific region

Audience Q&A

15:00 – 15:30: BREAK

15:30-16:00
Session 3: Supporting other initiatives

Session objective: Demonstrate how water stewardship can support a range of other initiatives (standards, urban development, WASH etc.)

Case studies:

  • Water stewardship & sustainable cotton production
    • WAPRO project: connecting growers, markets and policy makers
      Adrian Sym, AWS
    • Lessons from cross referencing Cotton MyBMP and the AWS Standard, presented by WSA
      Megan McLeod, WSA
    • Lessons from coastal salinity project, Gujarat, India /or Convergence of agricultural interventions, Maharashtra, presented by Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
      Rajeev Baruah, BCI
  • Lahore City Wide Partnership
    • Lessons from engaging SMEs in Lahore, Pakistan, presented by WWF Pakistan
      Ali Hasnain Sayed, WWF-Pakistan (by video conference)

Panel discussion on sharing experiences to advance water stewardship across the Asia Pacific region

Audience Q&A

15:30-15:45
Break

16:00-17:15
Session 4: Bringing it all together: how water stewardship can support the SDGs

Session objective: Demonstrate the value of water stewardship in achieving SDGs in Asia Pacific/South Asia context

Introductory presentations:

  • Stuart Orr, WWF-International
  • Suresh Kumar Rohilla, CSE

Moderated panel discussion with senior participants:

  • Suresh Kumar Rohilla (CSE)
  • VK Madhavan (WaterAid India)
  • Janine Kuriger (SDC)
  • Damandeep Singh (CDP)
  • Representative from the Netherlands Embassy (TBC)
  • Jeremy Bird (IWMI)

 

17:00 Close

 

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