WA Water Stewardship Workshop

WA Water Stewardship Workshop
Join Michael Spencer, Chair of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and CEO of the Alliance’s Asia-Pacific operations for a presentation and interactive discussion on Water Stewardship and its role in addressing global and regional water challenges. Water Stewardship emerged out of Australia’s Millennium Drought as a system for providing credible verification of responsible water use. It is now a global system for engaging business and other major water users in addressing the world’s water challenges.

The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) International Water Stewardship Standard was launched in 2014 at a meeting of the United Nations Global Compact CEO Water Mandate in Lima, Peru. The system is now being used by large multi-nationals, farmers’ groups, industrial parks and supply chains to understand water risks and address water challenges, to collaborate with peers and communities, enhance business sustainability and social license. It has a growing list of projects in the Asia-Pacific, South Asia, Africa, North America, Latin America and Europe with financial support from business, government and philanthropists.

This session will introduce participants to the basic principles of good water stewardship, the drivers for water stewardship, the business case for good water stewardship, core elements of the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard. It will offer case studies on how the system is being used by business and other water using sites, how governments are engaging with water stewardship in Australia and internationally and how the system is building collaborative approaches to water between businesses and between business, government and community.  The session will allow time for discussion of particular issues and the potential for application in Western Australia.



Michael Spencer is the Chair of the Alliance for Water Stewardship and CEO of the Alliance’s Asia-Pacific operations. Michael was instrumental in the formation and development of water stewardship during Australia’s Millennium Drought, with a career has spanning business, government, the media and not-for-profit sectors. Michael previously worked as Head of Marketing and Communication at FSC International in Germany. During his business career Michael has worked in mining, finance and steel holding senior roles with BHP Billiton, National Australia Bank and BlueScope Steel and was a senior adviser to the Premier of Victoria. He is a Research Fellow in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University and runs a 250ha property for conservation and beef production.

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Presentation and Interactive Discussion: 
8.00 to 10.00 am WST, followed by morning tea. 


Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Theatrette, 
The Atrium, Level 4
168 St Georges Terrace, Perth 

This is a free event, however registration is required.


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If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Kathleen Broderick of Broderick and Associates, email Kathleen@broderickandassociates.com.au or telephone 08 6219 5005.

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21/02/2018 8:00 AM - 21/02/2018 10:00 AM
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
Theatrette, The Atrium
Level 4, 168 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000

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