Meet our new team members & update on WSA activities in Asia Pacific
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The WSA team is growing!

Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) and the Asia Pacific Region welcomed 3 new team members this week.

Jack Duan joins our Asia Pacific team in a full-time capacity from Shenzhen in Southern China reporting to Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Zhenzhen Xu. Jack is a graduate in Environmental Science and Engineering from Nankai University and brings 13 years of experience as an Engineer, Trainer, Audit Solutions Manager and Project Manager. Jack is enthusiastic about the opportunities that social and environmental systems can have in China. 

Sejal Aggarwal joins Water Stewardship Australia as a part-time (one day per week) Communications Manager based in our Melbourne office. Sejal has completed her MBA in Paris and worked as a Brand and Marketing Manager in Paris, London and Sydney in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors.  She has experience in journalism, event management, social media marketing and public relations. Sejal’s international experience and solid background in brand marketing will enable us to strengthen our communication strategy and enhance our brand image.

Gary Voss joins Water Stewardship Australia as a part-time (one day per week) Business Manager.  In this role he will cover the activities of a Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and Strategy Manager. Gary holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Gary has extensive experience in consulting working on organisational reviews, business plans, change management, governance, continuous improvement, operations and performance management, quality assurance and social responsibility. As well as the roles outlined above, Gary will play a key role in developing our monitoring and evaluation systems.

We are appreciative of the support we have received from the Australian Water Partnership that has allowed us to employ Jack, Sejal and Gary.

We wish them all the success in furthering our valuable work at WSA.

Kunshan Environment Protection Board pushes AWS

Ten companies are undergoing a pre-assessment against the AWS Water Stewardship Standard, conducted by TUV (Rheinland), in the industrial city of Kunshan (China) this week. Twenty more companies will undertake training to understand the requirements of the AWS Standard next week, and the local Environment Protection Bureau (EPB) want to engage a further 20 companies as soon as possible. This is a great first-up result of our collaboration with the EPB, and WWF China as part of their water stewardship program in the lower Yangtze. 

The EPB has been prioritising companies seen as the worst polluters in the region and encouraging them to undertake training in the AWS Standard and develop their site water stewardship improvement plans. The Mayor of Shanghai was recently quoted in the local press talking about the urgent need to clean up 1,864 ‘polluted and smelly’ waterways by the end of this year. If Shanghai is going to be successful, projects to engage polluters in upstream industrial areas such as Kunshan and find pathways for them to clean-up and improve will be vital. Congratulations to the team! and thanks to the Australian Water Partnership for their ongoing support for our work in Asia.

Stewardship frameworks for the Great Barrier Reef

Development of a robust stewardship framework and report cards have been identified as one plank of the Great Barrier Reef 2050 strategy. Alluvium Consulting and Water Stewardship Australia were recently asked by the Queensland Government to develop a discussion paper and lead a workshop on stewardship report cards for non-agricultural enterprises on the Great Barrier Reef and South East Queensland.  

Last week we were delighted to hold the workshop with about 30 representatives from government agencies and local partnership organisations representing catchments along the Queensland coast. The workshop brought on some lively discussion about stewardship and the role of reporting systems in delivering outcomes. The workshop discussion forms an important part of a final report on options. It also introduced AWS Water Stewardship to this audience which in turn stimulated interest in the potential of AWS Water Stewardship to contribute to addressing the problems of this natural wonder.

Growing certification activity

Nestle looks set to add its name to the list of early adopters of the AWS Water Stewardship Standard. A Nestle plant in Ontario Canada was recently audited against the AWS Water Stewardship Standard and is awaiting final certification. A second plant in Thailand is currently preparing for audit while a string of others are in various stages of preparation. 

Meanwhile, Inghams Group Limited is continuing to progress its participation in the AWS system having recently submitted a second site for audit in New Zealand; the Renmark Irrigation Trust Cluster Group Steering Committee will meet this week and it is hoped the committee will approve the audit of the project later this year; and the Western Port Water Stewardship Project, managed by the Western Port Biosphere, is continuing to grow with almost 30 sites now either having a water stewardship plan or progressing toward having water stewardship plans. Read more about the work we're doing here.

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