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Water stewardship foundation training delivered

A water stewardship foundation training was delivered on 10 November 2015 to 20 water and disaster management professionals from government and universities in the Philippines.

The training followed the curriculum developed by the Alliance for Water Stewardship and represents the first cohort of Philippines professionals to complete the foundation course.

The morning sessions included presentations on the concepts, theory and structure of the international water stewardship standard, along with international case studies from different companies at different stages of their water stewardship journey. The afternoon sessions focused on the use of the standard to explore possible Philippines case studies. Targeted participatory exercises ensured participants had opportunities to integrate and contextualise the concepts, theory and frameworks.

Feedback from the participants showed high satisfaction with the training delivery, with 19 of the 20 participants evaluating the overall delivery as very good or excellent. A highlight for participants was gaining an understanding and capacity for the application of the water stewardship standard. Other highlights of the training were:

  • a framework focus on engaging and working with corporate partners
  • learning a practical tool to link policy with actions
  • the interaction with peers through group exercises
  • the opportunity to explore and develop local case studies.


Mapping exercise water stewardship training

Group work: mapping of different risks facing a processing plant

Most of the participants considered water stewardship as a ‘new approach’. The majority of participants (18 out of 20) reported that they were confident that they had gathered sufficient information and skills to share and promote the concept when returning to the Philippines.

Through the group exercises the following four case studies, situated in Mindanao in Southern Philippines, were developed:

  • Waste water efficiencies in a food processing plant
  • Water security associated with a new operational coal power generation
  • Diffuse water surface and group water impacts from an agri-business banana plantation
  • Water security and demand management for a large urban water utility responsible for servicing domestic water needs of Davao City (1.5 million people).

Recommendations for improvement indicated that a 2-day training session would allow for longer discussions and more time to work through the group excises. Participants also expressed interest in being given an opportunity to collect data for the case studies prior to commencing the formal training, and recommended to include actual site visits and an additional session to facilitate the development of follow-up action plans.

More information

Read more on IWC’s water stewardship courses (foundation, advanced and specialist levels).

Course dates for 2016 are yet to be confirmed. If you are interested in attending this course in 2016, email IWC at


Published 17 November 2015.


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