LAHORE - WWF-Pakistan, in collaboration with Nestlé Pakistan, arranged a water symposium and launch ceremony of Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standards at a local hotel yesterday.

AWS is an international water management standard aims to drive best water management practices within industrial operations and at the governance level.

The standards are being implemented in different parts of the world including the United States, South Africa, Australia and Canada to promote better management of site-specific water use and the water catchment areas and to address shared water concerns related to quality, quantity and governance. The standards have been designed such that they can significantly mitigate the physical, reputational and regulatory risks that the businesses are confronted with, in the face of increasing water scarcity.

Prominent figures from across diverse sectors including government, private, academia, NGOs and donor agencies participated in the event and expressed their opinions regarding the AWS standard, the growing water challenges of Pakistan and how each sector can play its role in mitigating these challenges.

Speakers included experts from WWF-Pakistan, Nestlé, and AWS. Adrian Sym, Executive Director, AWS, gave an overview of the journey of the AWS Standard from conception to implementation in different countries.