Gold Standard Water
In 2013, declared the United Nations International Year of Water Co-operation, The Gold Standard Foundation is taking a leading role in a demonstration scheme for the certification of activities that deliver significant water supply, use, purification and conservation benefits.
The Water Benefit Partners programme, conceived in 2011 and initiated and managed by First Climate, is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Swiss Government and a number of NGO and commercial partners. The Gold Standard Foundation has actively participated in the PPP as a member of the Sounding Board since its inception.
Following a successful first phase, The Gold Standard is now leading the in-depth development of the necessary governance and MRV frameworks and is exploring the potential applications of the programme. These include enhanced water-related monitoring, reporting and verification for a growing number of related carbon projects, third party assurance of in-house corporate water activities and the certification of water projects for a results-based finance approach. It is also defining and establishing the ‘regulatory infrastructure’ that would be required for a credible certification scheme and support the certification of the first demonstration projects against water-specific methodologies.
To help achieve these aims, The Gold Standard has formed a Technical Advisory Committee to assist and advise The Gold Standard on the technical aspects of establishing a certification scheme specifically for water-based activities. Committee members have been selected from a diverse range of sectors representing highly respected and credible organisations to ensure a robust and credible scheme is created.
Committee members are:
- Samuel Bryan, Nexus, UK
- James Dalton, International Union For Conservation Of Nature (IUCN), Switzerland
- Anna Forslund, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Sweden
- Carlo Galli, Nestlé, Switzerland
- Todd Gartner, World Resources Institute (WRI), USA
- Biksham Gujja, AgSri, India
- Scott Harder (Vice Chair), Environmental Finance Group, USA
- Adam Harvey, Whave, Uganda
- Sascha Lafeld, First Climate, Germany
- Jamie Pittock, Australian National University, Australia
- Dean Thomson, World Vision, Australia
A vital part of The Gold Standard Foundation’s role is to drive the process of consultation and engagement with civil society and other key stakeholders. The Gold Standard will work with the private sector, the NGO community and water experts towards several milestones in the development of demonstration projects, a governance framework and water benefit MRV methodologies.
The Gold Standard Foundation is therefore seeking engagement in the following areas:
- Review of, and feedback on, all documents developed – these will be available on The Gold Standard website in due course
- Registration as an interested party and participation in stakeholder meetings
- Expressions of interest are invited from organisations that may wish to consider providing financial and/or material in-kind contributions to expand and enhance the programme
More information about the programme can be located in the downloadable PDF below or at www.waterbenefitpartners.org/
If you are interested in participating, please fill in the online registration form:
Gold Standard Water Engagement Form
Additionally, there is an opportunity to participate through the development of pilot projects for the programme. If you think your project is suitable, please fill in the online form found here:
Project Proposal Form
If you have any queries regarding the programme or the upcoming development of the framework, please contact:Brendan Smith
Water Programme Manager
Tel: +41 22 788 7080
Mob: +41 78 648 2525
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