GLOBALG.A.P.’s newest member, the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), has set its sights on improving the sustainable use of water. The partnership with GLOBALG.A.P. provides an ideal opportunity to promote good water stewardship around the world.

A Global Standard Based on a Common Definition of Water Stewardship

AWS is a global membership collaboration that includes businesses, NGOs, and the public sector. AWS members contribute to the sustainability of local water resources through their adoption and promotion of a universal framework for sustainable water use. The AWS Standard drives, recognizes, and rewards good water stewardship performance. AWS members unite behind a common definition of water stewardship according to which water use must be socially and culturally equitable, environmentally sustainable, and economically beneficial. AWS achieves these goals through site-based and catchment-based actions by their stakeholders.

Applicable Anywhere in the World

The AWS Standard can be used by any water user anywhere in the world, as it is responsive to site and catchment context. It guides users through the process of identifying and understanding their water risks and opportunities. Users can then act through engagement with their catchment stakeholders.

GLOBALG.A.P. Add-on to Ease Adaptation

AWS currently has over 120 members worldwide and is working with GLOBALG.A.P. to develop an AWS add-on that enhances the AWS certification. This will make it easier for agricultural producers to engage with both standard systems simultaneously. Once the add-on is complete, the two organizations will work together to build capacity in water stewardship across the GLOBALG.A.P. network. “One of our priorities is to deepen our engagement with other voluntary standards in order to efficiently link water stewardship with other sustainability issues. Our work with GLOBALG.A.P. is a great example of how two standard organizations can work together to remove barriers and increase participation on a range of sustainability-related topics. We are looking forward to the add-on’s being ready for agricultural producers around the world,” explains AWS CEO Adrian Sym.