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AWS和下一代可持续发展标准

  • 日期2014年4月8日
  • 作者世界自然基金会Alexis Morgan

2009年,世界自然基金会与其他九位领导人,包括大自然保护协会,CDP,联合国环境规划署(UNEP)和联合国全球契约的首席执行官水务委员会一起组成了水资源管理联盟(AWS)。我们的梦想是通过将公司和水电公司更负责任地管理水资源,以水标准作为激励措施来推进水资源管理。

+$This week, that dream became a reality. WWF helped+$release+$the AWS Standard (version 1.0), the culmination of a four-year, multi-stakeholder roundtable effort. The AWS Standard provides water users and managers with a roadmap to address shared water challenges and mitigate water risks. It, like other WWF-supported standards, is backed by an independent, third-party certification system and integrates many of the other water stewardship initiatives that have emerged throughout the past five years, including the WWF Water Risk Filter, the CEO Water Mandate’s Water Action Hub, and CDP’s water disclosure effort.

+$So how do these standard systems fit together?

+$First, the AWS Standard itself provides a degree of recognition for sites that have already undertaken actions in other areas. For example, if a farm is certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, that farm’s responsible use of water will gain credit within the AWS Standard.

+$Second, AWS is working to develop mutual recognition systems such as the simplified audit system between Bonsucro and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.

+$Third, as a standard that requires both site and watershed actions, AWS offers an interesting addition in water-stressed environments. Many existing standard systems -- including the majority of those WWF has helped to develop -- are focused around single commodities (mostly food and fiber such as soy, palm oil, shrimp, whitefish, pulp, and paper). Increasingly, the environmental community recognizes that there is an intersection point or “nexus” in which trade-offs are required between water, food, and energy. Enter AWS.

+$The watershed is a natural and long-established unit of cooperation and management – a well-oiled machine. AWS acts as a lubricant to keep that machine running, since it requires sites to reach out to others in the watershed. Certified operators in a given watershed can then discuss optimizing water resources with other needs. In doing so, we can help to ensure that benefits are optimized across the board, and that the sum is more than its parts.

+$That’s one of the things we love most about the AWS Standard. It will help drive coordination globally and in local river basins, which will push all the basins water users to change how they share and manage their natural resources. It will advance water stewardship and all the benefits that will bring. And that’s why we’re proud to help launch it.

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