Water Management and Stewardship: Taking stock of corporate water behaviour
This discussion paper was written by: Peter Newborne, Research Associate to the Water Policy Programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, and member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law; and James Dalton, Coordinator, Global Initiatives, in the Global Water Programme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), based in the headquarters office in Gland, Switzerland. The seed of this study was sown during dinner in Stockholm in August 2014 where the authors reflected on the increasing presence of corporates at World Water Week. In carrying out this project, the intention has been to engage constructively in debate on and around this topic, through dialogue with representatives of private companies and the many other stakeholders involved. The focus has been on how corporate water management and ‘stewardship’ may help strengthen water management and bring development benefits. That includes taking account of the opportunities and issues to which water stewardship gives rise, as well as identifying expectations that are misplaced and steering away from unrealistic and misleading claims. This paper therefore considers the potentially catalytic role of water stewardship, the idea that corporates are leading water stewardship initiatives that governments can and will ‘pick up and run’ with.
27 Apr 2017 by mish