On 22 June, Yayasan AWS Indonesia on behalf of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) and Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) has successfully held a webinar for GPSNR members to launch the ‘pathways toward good water stewardship in the natural rubber sector’ report. The Pathways report and the webinar addressed the critical topics for good water stewardship uptake in the natural rubber sector, which are: the main drivers for building a strong business case for water, the priority topics on water as part of GPSNR’s Policy Framework and the opportunity to improve performance on water at site and catchment level and make credible claim through AWS Standard certification by the natural rubber sector.

Improved performance on good water stewardship, as defined by the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS by the natural rubber sector would support sustainable production, increase the sector’s resilience to water-related risks and increase the sector’s role as a good water steward at catchment or landscape level.

To respond to the growing water risks in agriculture and work towards stronger actions on water in the natural rubber sector and to build business resilience and improve sustainable production, AWS and the GPSNR Secretariat collaborated in the ISEAL Innovations Fund project ‘Boosting sustainability practice and performance at the landscape level through good water stewardship’ project by developing a strategic document called Pathways towards good water stewardship by the natural rubber sector.

Contact (Mr) Fany Wedahuditama: Fany@a4ws.org for more information and further collaboration.

Watch the recording and visual art below.

This webinar is made possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Demonstrating the role of businesses in responsible water stewardship is an essential component of the global food and beverages sector as it operates at the centre of the world’s growing water crisis. The recognition that water risks cannot be tackled only at the site level, is growing and the concept of water stewardship is building momentum. Addressing water risks requires working collaboratively with public sector, civil society as well as other private sector organisations working in the same catchment.

Unilever, a leading Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company with a long-standing commitment towards sustainability issues, water stewardship is about taking action to counteract the impact from their products and operations, and about working with others to achieve sustainability goals. Unilever defined a goal to implement water stewardship programs in 100 of its most water-stressed areas by 2030, including their 6 sites in Cikarang, Indonesia.

PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk, following an AWS Standard pre-assessment of their Cikarang sites by ERM, worked together with Yayasan AWS Indonesia and Royal HaskoningDHV, to develop a water stewardship action plan for these 6 sites. This plan aims to provide Unilever Indonesia with practical pathways towards good water stewardship implementation at site and catchment level.

This project resulted in a set of recommendations for a high-level Good Water Stewardship Action Plan focusing on Unilever’s priority topics on water and addresses strategic risks in the catchment, such as on-site water circularity, strengthening internal governance to maintain compliance on water and supporting the provision of access to safe WASH for workers and local communities.

On 19th of April, the final recommended Action Plan was presented in a workshop in Unilever Indonesia’s Cikarang site and attended by the sites’ manufacturing department and Unilever Indonesia sustainability team. The workshop successfully harnessed positive feedback for the Action Plan, especially capturing Unilever Indonesia’s ambition to show leadership on on-site water efficiency and circularity and towards becoming a responsible water steward at catchment level through its various sustainability programs.

Water stewardship is about taking action to counteract the impact from our products and operations and about collaborations with others to strengthen the whole system. In line with the Unilever Compass’ commitment to protect and regenerate nature, by 2030 we commit to implement water stewardship programs in 100 locations in water-stressed areas where we operate.In Indonesia we will increase our water efficiency and water circularity by reducing losses and increasing re-use of water at site and between sites. We will also ensure policy compliance in own operations, as well as ensuring continuous improvements of our policies and procedures throughout our operations. In addition, our WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) and rainwater harvesting programs are aimed to support health and wellbeing of the people in the surrounding environment. It is important for us to have responsible water management to ensure water sustainability for future generations.

(Nurdiana Darus, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director - PT Unilever Indonesia, Tbk)

Adopting water stewardship is a critical step toward bringing Unilever's compass vision to life. Not only helping the environment, but the action also adds value to the people for green future.

(Tyagita Wisnuyadi, Country SHE Manager - PT Unilever Indonesia, Tbk)

We currently see an increased awareness within the industry on sustainability, including water-use, at many places around the world. It is great to see that PT Unilever Indonesia is really stepping up on Water Stewardship in Indonesia. We are looking forward to further supporting them and others in improving water performance to ensure future water availability.

(Martijn Schlepers, Project Manager – Royal HaskoningDHV)

The resulting Action Plan and the workshop has provided useful insights for Unilever Indonesia’s further decision-making for the Cikarang water stewardship program. This includes both site-level actions and more active leadership towards joint action on water security and climate resilience at catchment level as part of the Indonesia Water Coalition.

This activity is supported by Australian Water Partnership.

Driven by the intrinsic principles of the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard to work at catchment scale, and recognising the strengths of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Global Platform For Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) and Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari (LTKL), and bringing together two globally traded commodities in the landscape, palm oil and natural rubber, we work together through Boosting Sustainability Practice and Performance at The Landscape Level Through Good Water Stewardship project focusing on developing practical means to strengthening inclusion and uptake of good water stewardship in guidance documents, tools and performance measurement.

We brought two Spotlight on Indonesia webinar series last year, first on March 30 and 26 October 2021 which attended by AWS and project partners members also leading players in jurisdictional and landscape approaches.

On our first Spotlight on Indonesia: Driving Good Water Stewardship in Landscape & Jurisdictional Approaches in Palm Oil & Natural Rubber, we introduced this project about its main objectives and activities, goals on water stewardship in landscape and jurisdictional approaches and the strategic relevance for AWS members and partners, creating awareness and interest to introduce our focus on water stewardship as part of these. Along with our project partners from GPSNR and LTKL, we presented practical example on guidance development and added value of good water stewardship in the rubber supply chain, and on water stewardship as part of governmental performance measurement.

Our second Spotlight on Indonesia joint webinar: Pathways to Good Water Stewardship in Landscape & Jurisdictional Approaches in Palm Oil & Natural Rubber, together with our project partners, the highlighted areas for mutual strengthening and the potential challenges and opportunities for good water stewardship in the natural rubber and palm oil sector as part of jurisdictional and landscape approaches were presented. GPSNR provided the potential role of AWS Standard in strengthening natural rubber sector performance and reporting on GPSNR Policy Components on water. RSPO highlighted a potential area for mutual strengthening between AWS Standard and RSPO and the current alignment between AWS Standard and LTKL’s Regional Competitiveness Framework (RCF) also with the challenges on data availability and the potential opportunities from good water stewardship implementation in a jurisdictional approach.

These webinars and visual arts was made possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

The members of Indonesia Water Stewardship Working Group (IWSWG), representing the private sector, certification and conformity assessment bodies, academia, NGOs, and government/semi-government, have carried out a series of discussions on contextualizing the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard Guidance to better suit the implementation in Indonesia throughout 2021.

Yayasan AWS Indonesia continues to support the IWSWG in achieving its vision and mission, and in advancing towards good water stewardship in Indonesia. Through an online workshop on 18th February 2022, the members convened to explore and determine strategic achievements in implementing water stewardship related to good water use in Indonesia. This workshop is delivered as part of the project ISEAL Innovations Fund ‘Boosting sustainability practice and performance at the landscape level through good water stewardship’.

The workshop also discussed the current state of water stewardship and important points for the development of a roadmap towards good water stewardship in Indonesia in 2022, which was also mutually agreed upon to change the form of Working Group into Indonesia Water Stewardship Network.

IWSWG was initially only to contextualizing how AWS Standard could be adopted and implemented in Indonesia. There is an opportunity in the future for more actions on how the AWS Standard can be implemented, so it is necessary to establish a Network and collaborate with other forums

Sahroel Polontalo, Depok Ciliwung Community.

This was also confirmed by Agus Haryanto from WWF Indonesia who said

There is a need for the characteristics for this Network that has attracted the attention of many parties and the Government, one of which is to focus on water stewardship in Indonesia by providing useful results for future implementation

I hope that the Indonesia Water Stewardship Network can contribute to sustainability issues related to water in Indonesia.

Anindrya Nastiti, Researcher and Lecturer, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

With the agreement on the focus of this Network is for the adoption and implementation of AWS Standard in Indonesia, in the near future, a rapid assessment will be carried out for the basic concepts of the establishment and the scheme for the structurization.

This Network is quite specific and clear, hopefully it can be consistently monitored and implemented

Marsha Himawan, IDEP Foundation.

Contact Yayasan AWS Indonesia Executive Director, (Mr) Fany Wedahuditama: Fany@a4ws.org for more detail information.

In September last year, the Indonesia Water Coalition have successfully established three working groups to ensure the achievement of its ultimate goal, which is water security that supports people, environment, and economic development in Indonesia. The chair for each of the three working groups (Communication & Partnership, Program Management & Advocacy and Knowledge Management), were elected through voting by members. Yayasan AWS Indonesia as promotor of good water stewardship in Indonesia, with support from the Water Stewardship Australia and the Australian Water Partnership, is leading the Knowledge Management Working Group.

To start the new year, the IWC held its first meeting on 15th of February where Yayasan AWS Indonesia presented the proposed targets and workplan for Knowledge Management Working Group in front of all members. With the overall vision to facilitate knowledge building and sharing on water among members and with other stakeholders, Fany Wedahuditama (the Executive Director of Yayasan AWS Indonesia), presented the vision, missions, workplan for the next two years. The main activities cover the development of the Catchment Knowledge Hub (a publicly accessible digital platform) hosting key information related to water stewardship at catchment level and research studies in priority catchments for IWC members. The research study will not only focus on existing and potential future water risks in the catchment, but also the business and economic value from risk mitigation and water stewardship implementation in the catchment.

The meeting also discussed the importance of aligning the Knowledge Management activities with existing government programs and the members’ initiatives to ensure effective resource mobilization and knowledge development. This will be done through a rapid mapping of existing programs and interests on water at catchment level among IWC members.

After the finalisation of the Knowledge Management Working Group workplan, Yayasan AWS Indonesia and other IWC members will focus on resource mobilization and the alignment with the other two working groups’ activities to ensure the implementation of the workplan.

Contact us for more information on the Knowledge Management Working Group or contact the Indonesia Water Coalition Secretariat: Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN).

Good water stewardship, as defined by the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard, aims to create shared benefits at scale, i.e., at catchment, landscape or jurisdictional level. Through the implementation of credible good water stewardship actions, companies and other key stakeholders in the catchment could contribute to sustainable production and protection efforts. However, it has become clear that insights into existing and potential future financial incentives and other funding mechanisms for better inclusion and uptake of good water stewardship are still lacking.

As part of the ISEAL Innovations Fund ‘Boosting sustainability practice and performance at the landscape level through good water stewardship’ project, AWS Indonesia, in collaboration with researchers from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Indonesia embarked on a study to explore potential financial incentives and funding mechanisms to support better uptake of good water stewardship in Indonesia.

The study combines desk study and expert inputs to identify highly-potential funding mechanisms and financial incentive schemes for improving performance on the water related resource management and the environment in Indonesia, emphasizing those that are readily accessible to the private sector. The expert inputs were obtained through a series of interviews and FGDs (from 22 November to 14 December 2021), involving several national and regional government stakeholders, as well as international and Indonesian financial institutions, and other international institutions that involved or have a role in water stewardship program.

The outcome of this study is intended to inform or provide insights on the opportunity of financial mechanisms and incentives for district government, companies, and smallholders to support the uptake of and joint investment in good water stewardship in Indonesia. It is expected to be published in July 2022.

Want to know more about this project? Please contact Fany Wedahuditama (Mr): Fany@a4ws.org

This study is possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

To build awareness and capacity for increasing resilience to impacts of climate change, population growth and economic development in water-stressed basins in West-Java, Yayasan AWS Indonesia has invited members of the Indonesia Water Coalition (IWC) to participate in a strategic company support for good water stewardship implementation at site and catchment level. This activity is Yayasan AWS Indonesia on-going support for the Indonesia Water Coalition and a part of the Water Security and Climate Resilience in West Java project which will run until April 2022.

Resulting from a round of Call for Interest to the members of IWC, on September 2021 Danone Indonesia and PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk were selected to participate in the activity. Together with the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) professionally credentialed consultants from PT Haskoning Indonesia (part of Royal HaskoningDHV), the project will explore practical opportunities to support the companies in improving their water stewardship performance at site and catchment, as well as contributing to the Indonesian Water Coalition’s joint action(s) on water.

Through this activity, Unilever and PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk aim to develop a good water stewardship implementation plan for their sites in Cikarang, West Java. The plan will be geared towards good water stewardship impact creation by addressing the priority risks and opportunities on water, both at site and catchment level. The outcome of this activity will support PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk in continuously making informed decisions on the water stewardship program for their sites in Cikarang and to advance Unilever’s commitment on good water stewardship at global level.

Together with Danone Indonesia, the project intends to develop a good water stewardship strategy for sustainable groundwater in Lido, West Java. The water stewardship strategy will reflect the ongoing commitments and programs on water by Danone Indonesia, as well as the current and potential challenges related to surface and groundwater resources in the catchment. The strategy will look at available and practical opportunities for stakeholder inclusion towards good water stewardship at catchment level.

For more information, please contact Fany Wedahuditama (Mr): Fany@a4ws.org

These company assessment activities are supported by Australian Water Partnership.

Together with our project partners, this time on our joint webinar, we will highlight the areas for mutual strengthening and the potential challenges and opportunities for good water stewardship in the natural rubber and palm oil sector as part of jurisdictional and landscape approaches. This webinar is open to AWS members and partners interested in or working on landscape and jurisdictional approaches, particularly in agriculture, and creating awareness and interest from a wider audience of leading players in jurisdictional and landscape approaches.

Spotlight on Indonesia: Pathways to Good Water Stewardship in Landscape & Jurisdictional Approaches in Palm Oil & Natural Rubber is the second webinar of the ISEAL Innovations Fund project 2020-2022 ‘Boosting sustainability practice and performance at the landscape level through good water stewardship’.

Driven by the intrinsic principles of the AWS Standard to work at catchment scale, and recognising the strengths of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm OilGlobal Platform For Sustainable Natural Rubber and Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari, and bringing together two globally traded commodities in the landscape, palm oil and natural rubber, this project will focus on developing practical means to strengthening inclusion and uptake of good water stewardship in guidance documents, tools and performance measurement.

IN THIS WEBINAR

 

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Fany Wedahuditama, Executive Director – Yayasan Aliansi Wali Sumber Daya Air Indonesia (AWS Indonesia)

SPEAKERS

This webinar is made possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Yayasan Aliansi Wali Sumber Daya Air Indonesia (AWS Indonesia) is looking for a Consultant Cost & Benefit Analysis for Water Stewardship in Natural Rubber and Palm Oil Sector. The consultant will lead a cost and benefit analysis on the adoption of good water stewardship as defined by the AWS Standard in the natural rubber and palm oil sector.

This study will be a part of the pathways toward good water stewardship implementation by the natural rubber and palm oil sector. The focus country will be Indonesia, but the consultant will also explore regional and global examples. This activity is part of our ISEAL Innovations Fund Project 2020 – 2022 that is aiming to identify mechanisms for boosting uptake of good water stewardship at landscape and jurisdictional level.

We seek a committed and pro-active specialist with good knowledge and experience of conducting cost and benefit analysis for the implementation of sustainability standard system (particularly ISEAL Alliance standard schemes) by the natural rubber and palm oil sector.

Send your interest via email with your proposal and CV of the consultant (in Bahasa Indonesia or English) to Gracia Plenita Agnindhira (Ms): agni@a4ws.org before October 25 23:59 WIB with subject: CONSULTANT CBA_name.

Applications after this deadline will not be taken into consideration and we can only respond to selected proposals.

Yayasan AWS Indonesia has been actively supporting the establishment of the Indonesia Water Coalition since early 2020 and has been undertaking several activities to support knowledge sharing on water stewardship including training and strategy development. This report represents the findings of a study led by Yayasan AWS Indonesia geared towards identifying the building blocks for a roadmap on joint action by the Indonesia Water Coalition in the western region of Java.

Indonesia, although being a water-rich country, is seeing increasing water stress. The 2021 World Bank states that the country’s water demand is continuing to increase another 31 percent between 2015 and 2045 under demographic and economic forces. If business as usual continues, by 2045, 67% of Indonesia’s GDP is predicted to be generated in highly stressed basins (World Bank, 2021).

There is an urgent need to take action on water and there is an opportunity for private sector to step up and increase their role as good water stewards. Leading private sector are implementing ways to take action to reduce water-related risks, increase business resilience and boost their reputation as good water stewards. To tackle the growing water challenges and build resilience, there is a need for more joint action on water. However, actions are often still taking place on indivudial basis, are scattered and impacts at scale are lacking. Especially under COVID-19 it is more important than ever to ensure proper access to water as first measure of defence.

The Indonesia Water Coalition established in January 2021 focuses on just that: promoting joint action on water at the catchment level. The Coalition aims to build a movement led by the private sector, with the capacity and commitment to take action on and contribute to the complex water challenges in Java. Its current members are Yayasan Konservasi Alam Nusantara (YKAN)Global Water Partnership Southeast AsiaPT Coca-Cola IndonesiaPT Unilever IndonesiaPT LÓreal IndonesiaPT Multi Bintang IndonesiaPT Nestlé IndonesiaPT Danone Indonesia and Yayasan Aliansi Wali Sumber Daya Air Indonesia (AWS Indonesia). The Indonesia Water Coalition members have a shared objective to actively work towards water security and sustainable management of water resources through collective action in West-Java basins and aims to build a movement led by the private sector, with the capacity and commitment to take action on and contribute to the complex water challenges in Java. It aims to create a platform for collaboration and ignite participation of other water users.  

Yayasan AWS Indonesia is the active promoter of good water stewardship as defined by the International Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) Standard in Indonesia. As the majority of the Indonesia Water Coalition consists of members of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, Yayasan AWS Indonesia aims to support opportunities for joint and credible action by AWS members. A so-called first mover on water can be a challenging task. Implementation of the AWS Standard around the world shows that first movers can use the AWS Standard as a practical framework to start understanding and planning for water-related risks and opportunities, both at site and catchment level.

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