Water-users across Europe face many risks on water management: the availability of enough water of high quality for a reasonable price, compliance with regulations, pressure to be sustainable from increasingly vocal customers, etc. Addressing these risks together constitutes a very difficult task for today’s water user.
To support water-users in this task – and to improve sustainable water management across Europe – the European Water Partnership (EWP; www.ewp.eu) led a multistakeholder process to develop the European Water Stewardship (EWS). In essence, EWS offers a very detailed checklist (EWS Standard) to address all risks on water management together. Implementing the EWS Standard improves business performance by pro-actively reducing costs and risks and ensuring compliance with EU regulations, while also providing a tool to communicate efforts on sustainable water management to all stakeholders by awarding EWS Certificates.
The New Water Culture Foundation (FNCA) is an Iberian (Spain and Portugal) non-profit organization created in 2002 composed by over 200 outstanding members from academia, research institutions, public administration, private sector, stakeholders and citizens, aiming at promoting a change towards a more sustainable water management and a new water culture. The process leading to the creation of the FNCA started with the “Iberian Congress on Water Management and Planning”, with the support of more than 70 Spanish and Portuguese Universities. The FNCA applies inter and trans-disciplinary approaches and acknowledges the ecological, social, economic, ethical, political, and emotional values embodied in aquatic ecosystems, as well as the emergence of new water actors demanding transparency and a wide public participation in water decisions. One of our priority areas is the application of integrated approaches to the urban water cycle and the cross-collaboration among researchers, policy-makers citizens and other water actors for a more sustainable water management.
The International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8) is a newly established non-for-profit, private, Research Centre dedicated to interdisciplinary research on the Environment, Energy, Economy, Eco-innovations and their electronic versions (hence E8). The overaching goal of the Centre is to promote the understanding and implementation of Sustainable Development, as the only non-self-destructive path of socio-economic development.
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