The Alliance for Water Stewardship was formed by The Nature Conservancy, The Pacific Institute, and Water Stewardship Australia in 2008. Their mission is to "promote water stewardship: the internal (organizational) and external (watershed) actions undertaken to optimize water benefits for society, the environment, and the economy". These organizations were later joined by the Carbon Disclosure Project, European Water Partnership, International Water Management Institute, United Nations Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, Water Environment Federation, Water Witness International, and the WWF. The AWS was formally created in 2009 and began a roundtable process in 2010. Highlighted below are mission statements and information on a few of the organizations invloved, as well as a more in-depth look at the Alliance for Water Stewardship as a whole.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship:
The AWS works with other organizations, communities, non-profits and environmentalists to create a water management program. These are based on:
- An international standard developed through an equitable, transparent, science-based, multi stakeholder process
- Third party verification to determine whether these standards have been met
- A global brand that allows managers, users, and organizations to demonstrate their compliance with or support for water stewardship
- Training to promote achievement of water stewardship
The AWS also works internationally to promote water stewardship. They have set out criteria for water use which involves an international water stewardship standard that has a multi stakeholder structure, and a verfication process as well. A main goal is to promote the responsible use of freshwater that is socially and economically beneficial, and environmentally stable by the year 2013, and continue to improve the way water is used around the world. This organization however, is not set out to establish or replace national laws on water stewardship, but is open to collaboration with governments.
Involvement is open to everyone-the public sector, corporations, and the general population.
European Water Partnership:
The European Water Partnership coordinates initiatives in international water issues. Their main goal is to achieve the objectives of the Water Vision for Europe. The Water Vision for Europe aims to unite and stimulate people to solve water problems and find solutions to address the global water crisis in Europe. It also serves as the groundwork for the European Water Partnership in projects and initiatives. The EWS would like to achieve these objectives by:
- Allowing water on the mainstream/political agenda
- Promote technological innovation
- Create an open forum for innovative management
- Promote achievement for Millennium Development Goals
International Water Management Institute:
The International Water Management Institute is one of fifteen research centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. The IWMI's mission is to improve the management of land and water resources for food, livelihood, and the environment. Ideally, they would like to have enough water for a food secure world and responsible water and land management in developing countries. Their research is based on four themes:
- Water availability and access
- Productive water use
- Water quality, health, and the environment
- Water and Society
United Nations Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate:
This organization is a public and private initiative that assists companies in the development, implementation, and disclosure of water sustainability policies and practices. They would like to mobilize a large number of business leaders, governments, stakeholders, and other organizations to address and implement water sustainability solutions, and also acknowledge the problems of water access and sanitation. There are six criteria involved:
- Direct operations
- Supply chain and watershed management
- Collective action
- Public policy
- Community Engagement
Water Environment Federation:
The Water Environment Federation is a non-profit that aims to represent water quality professionals through education and technology. To date, there are 36,000 individual members and 75 Member Associations who represent water quality professionals around the world. They aim to "provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide". The three main goals of this federation are to:
- "Drive innovation in the water sector
- Enrich the expertise of global water professionals
- Increase awareness of the value of water"
Water Witness International:
Water Witness International aims to provide a better standard of living for the impoverished through water resource management. They would like freshwater to be managed sustainably and equitably to guarantee availability of water for health and production. They would also like to see greater accountability in the way communities, NGO's, businesses and international donors handle water resources. Their main objectives are:
- Equitable water management
- Climate resilient, green growth
- Responsible water stewardship
- Improved aid effectiveness
- Ending the water conflict
USBR Bureau of Reclamation, managing water in the west.
American Water Works Association is an international nonprofit educational association dedicated to safe water.
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country.