At the core of water stewardship lies the task of addressing shared challenges through a collaborative approach that builds on a common understanding of the value of water resources and their need for protection. In this context, Water Stewardship is a powerful approach for multi-stakeholder cooperation and joint action.
However, fragmented initiatives of individual companies fall into a “governance gap” without achieving largescale sustainable resource use. For water stewardship to achieve its potential impact, and to maximize its contribution to SDG6, there is the need for stronger coordination among actors working to advance sustainable and resilient water resources management.
The Water Stewardship Acceleration Forum (WaSA Forum) aims to achieve this by providing a systematic exchange with accelerating agents such as the public sector and financial institutions, and a connecting mechanism to support high-level policy discussions (see figure below). To bridge the gap between globally defined targets for sustainable water resources management and actual economic developments and practices, WaSA Forum aims to enable progressive collaboration on addressing bottlenecks for scaling water stewardship initiatives. In this context, the goal of the WaSA Forum is to accelerate water stewardship to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6.