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Fundación Chile Expert will represent Latin America on the international roundtable for water management

The ISDC of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is the team responsible for supervising the development of the international standard for sustainable water management and its members are chosen for their experience, expertise and international recognition.

 Axel Dourojeanni, expert in water resources management in Fundación Chile, was invited to be part of the committee for the development of an international standard for sustainable water management (International Standard Development Committee, ISDC), filling one of the two vacancies for Latin America.

  The ISDC of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is the team responsible for supervising the development of an international standard for sustainable water management and its members are chosen for their experience, expertise and international recognition. It aims to have interregional and multi-sector representation, to guarantee a balanced view during the standard development process.

 This important standard involves all countries worldwide and includes all types of industries from the productive sector. It measures how companies manage water, whether they are public, private, productive or sanitary, that is, all companies that use water in their operations. The certification is complete and integral, dealing with aspects such as the environment, knowledge about the territory where the companies are located, the quality of its waters, policies, etc. If at first those most interested in having this certification are companies, its scope may come to include several users who share a watershed, river, canal or aquifer.

 “This designation implies a recognition for Fundación Chile, recognized by the European Union as a center of excellence in the topic of water in Latin America”, noted Axel Dourojeanni. He added that “the future certification deriving from the AWS process aims to be a mechanism that highlights those agencies that use water responsibly by providing clear requirements for certification, establishing a certification system that includes third parties in the compliance verification process, repeating the process in several sectors and regions, unifying actions internationally and enabling the certification to be valid worldwide so that it creates value through the sustainable use of the water resource”.  

 The expert stressed that “an important aspect is that the certification considers the surroundings where the water using company is located and this introduces for the first time a responsibility that is shared with the other users of the watershed.”

  The Alliance for Water Stewardship, an organization created by Water Stewardship Australia, The Nature Conservancy, Pacific Institute, WWF, Water Witness International, European Water Partnership, Water Environment Federation and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), aims to set up a Global Program for Sustainable Water Stewardship by promoting the responsible use of water resources in a sustainable way, while maintaining a balance between the social, economic and environmental benefits and the creation of a system of international certification.

  Fundación Chile has been a part of the AWS from its beginnings, actively participating in the preparation of the international standard, with regional workshops, as well as with the realization of the first and only pilot certification carried out to date in Latin America. ​

 

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