Learn more about water stewardship and its applications through these resources.

Core Publications

The Evolution of Water Stewardship

Australia’s remarkable role in initiating and building a new system for protecting one of the world’s most precious resources, water, has been outlined in a new publication by the Australian Water Partnership.

Size: 5.7 MB
Published: 1 September 2018

Programs, Projects and Case Studies

Application of AWS and SEEA to Accounting for water: China Industrial Park Demonstration

This report examines the linkages between SEEA and the AWS Standard within the context of two industrial parks in China. This joint IDEEA Group – AWS Asia-Pacific initiative builds upon the desktop study published in 2017.

Size: 2.2 MB
Published: 22 June 2021
Renmark Irrigation Trust Gold Certification

The Renmark Irrigation Trust serves over 600 irrigators covering more than 4500 hectares throughout the Renmark District in Riverland, South Australia. It is the first agriculture-related site in the world to achieve Gold AWS Certification.

Size: 291 KB
Published: 1 April 2018
Linking AWS and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting

This IDEEA Group report examines the potential connections between the measurement framework and approach of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) and the AWS Standard. The report demonstrates many areas where the advancement of SEEA and the AWS Standard can be mutually supported.

Size: 498 KB
Published: 17 October 2017
Building a Water Stewardship Community in the UNESCO Western Port Biosphere Reserve

Supported by the Helen McPherson Trust and delivered in partnership with the Western Port Biosphere Foundation, this project initiated a community of water stewards by supporting 28 water users the peri-urban river catchments of Western Port adopt water stewardship planning and practice.

Size: 3.7 MB
Published: 1 October 2017
Field Trial of the AWS Standard with the Australian Dairy Industry in Goulburn Broken

This field report captures the findings of an extensive trial of a water stewardship standard in the Australian dairy industry. The trial evaluated the water performance of Tatura Milk Industries and its suppliers, as well as the indirect water use of 280 dairy farms in the Shepparton Irrigation Region. The water stewardship standard trialled was later published as the AWS Standard in 2014.

Size: 3.4 MB
Published: 1 December 2012
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