Thematic Process T.3.1.3
Water stewardship is a collective approach to ensure the long-term sustainable management of our most precious resource. By addressing competing water needs at a catchment level, water stewardship should bring benefits to diverse groups, ranging from major water users to ecosystems and communities.
To-date, water stewardship initiatives have focused strongly on major corporations ? helping them to understand and their water use within a catchment context, and take initial steps to improve their performance. An evidence base is emerging that strengthens the case for major corporations to engage in water stewardship.
Nevertheless, as an evolving approach that is focused on long-term sustainability outcomes, much remains to be learned about how effective water stewardship has been at meeting diverse needs in often challenging contexts. In particular, the ability of water stewardship to simultaneously support the needs of both vulnerable communities and major water users needs to be better understood. Using information technology to tell real life stories from different contexts and an interactive panel discussion, this session will assess water stewardships contribution thus far, reveal shortcomings and highlight opportunities for improvement.