AWS Asia-Pacific Newsletter October 2017
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Water in the Fashion Supply Chain
Join us for this special event

Water represents one of the most significant challenges for the fashion industry. AWS Asia-Pacific and the Council of Textile and Fashion have been collaborating in an innovative program, supported by the Australian Government, to promote good water stewardship through the fashion supply chain. At the same time, AWS is collaborating with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to align water management requirements between the two systems and promote good water stewardship in cotton production.  This seminar will bring these partners together to discuss progress and share knowledge and experience.  The partners will be joined by international experts to discuss challenges facing the industry.
The model being developed through this collaboration will be expanded to other industries including food and beverage and micro-electronics over the coming year.
You are invited to join the Alliance for Water Stewardship and the Council of Fashion and Textiles for this half day seminar at:
The Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Wednesday 22 November from 2.30 pm 
followed by refreshments and networking
AWS members $20, Council of Textile and Fashion members $20, Others $40. 
RSVP is essential to the event.


Russell Rollason, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
David Giles-Kay, CEO, Council of Textile and Fashion
Michael Spencer, CEO, Alliance for Water Stewardship, Asia-Pacific
Adam Lloyd, Sustainability Manager, Cotton On Group
TBC, Better Cotton Initiative
Joyce Tsoi, Senior Manager Supply Chain Sustainability, VF Corporation

Save the date for the WSA Annual General Body Meeting

Notices will shortly be issued for the Water Stewardship Australia Limited Annual General Meeting that will be held on 22 November at the Abbotsford Convent
The meeting will precede the special event advertised above looking at Water in the Fashion Supply Chain and start at 12 noon. Members and prospective members are invited to join the Board for refreshments following the meeting. A formal notice of meeting will be sent in the coming weeks as well as an invitation to members interested in nominating as Directors.
Water Stewardship Australia Limited is the Asia-Pacific partner organisation of the global Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and operates as Alliance for Water Stewardship Asia-Pacific or AWS Asia-Pacific. 

New Country Representative for Indonesia

AWS Asia-Pacific is delighted to announce the appointment of Basja Jantowski as AWS Country Representative Indonesia.
Basja brings to AWS high professional standards, a network of international connections, technical and management expertise, creative thinking and a drive to make an impact on society and the environment. 
Basja holds an MSc in Physical Geography and has more than 14-years’ experience in the field of (urban and rural) water management, soil and water conservation, climate change adaptation, rainwater harvesting and landscape planning. She has worked for 4 years at a Dutch water board, followed by 10 years at an environmental consultancy, where she build up her expertise working in African and Asian countries. She has worked with companies, government, donors and NGOs in short-term projects and long-term programs, and has developed her management skills as program, team and division leader. 
She has completed three levels of AWS training; foundation, advanced and specialist. 
Basja has already commenced her role and can be contacted by email on

AWS Global Forum, the countdown is on!

With less than one week remaining before the AWS Global Forum in Edinburgh (31 October and 1 November) work is being finalised on a series of reports AWS Asia-Pacific is hoping to release at the Forum. AWS will launch a new report on the relationship between AWS Water Stewardship and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting as well as a report on progress with the world-leading Western Port Water Stewardship Project. 
The Global Forum will be followed by the international group’s AGM where a wide range of policy issues will be discussed by members. 
For those who are not able to attend AWS is offering an electronic connection and Asia-Pacific CEO Michael Spencer will provide a full report at the WSA AGM on 22 November in Melbourne.  

International Clean Technology Promotion Mission to China

AWS Asia Pacific partner organisation, TEDA EcoCentre, is organizing a match-making tour for international technology and service providers in early December 2017. The tour will include visits to three major industrial zones in China. The 2017 International Clean Technology Promotion Mission will visit Chinese National Economic and Technological Development Zones (NETDZs) in Tianjin, Anhui and Hunan Province. This mission is supported by Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and local EPAs. The one-week mission will enhance understanding of market demand and the scale of Chinese industries clean technology goals and provide opportunities to promote products and services to major Chinese end users and potential business partners.
  • Schedule: 3 Dec - 8 Dec 2017
  • Location: Tianjin City, Hefei City, Changsha City
  • Theme: Energy Efficiency & Green Factory (Water Treatment, Air Purification, VOCs Treatment)
More details available from AWS Asia-Pacific alternatively to express your interest or register, please contact TEDA EcoCentre prior to 3 November.  
For any inquiries, please contact Mr. Geraint Feng through phone: +86(022)66371806 or e-mail at

Success at the recent AWS Training Programme in Shenzhen China

After three days of intensive work, five Cotton On auditors (three from China and two from Bangladesh) receive their Certificate of Completion for the highest level of AWS training. The training has taught them about water risks and challenges, the AWS framework for better site and catchment water management, how the framework can be applied at an operating site using a real case study and, how to communicate the opportunity of water stewardship to businesses in the textile industry supply chain.  It was great to have Cotton On Head of sustainability Adam Lloyd join us in Shenzhen China.
Our office:
Suite C1.04, Level 1 
Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

PO Box 184, East Melbourne VIC 8002
ABN: 74 143 616 764
The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is the global umbrella organisation for AWS Water Stewardship and has a network of regional partners to assist local implementation of the system. Water Stewardship Australia Limited, trading as AWS Asia-Pacific is the regional partner managing AWS Water Stewardship operations in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific, South East Asia, East Asia including China and collaborates with AWS international in South Asia.

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