Water Benefit Standard: Public consultation + project proposals

The Water Benefit Standard, launched at World Water Week in Stockholm, is now open for public consultation through 1 January 2015. The Gold Standard requests broad participation in this review to make the Standard better and bigger.

Review the Requirements and participate in the public consultation.

Now accepting project proposals
Interested in developing a project that will supply, purify or conserve water? Complete the form here to share details and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Funding to expand the Standard
In addition to improving the technical rigor through our public consultation, we are also seeking funding partnerships to scale up the Water Benefit Standard. To make a meaningful contribution to addressing the global water crisis, our next phase of our work will include developing new methodologies with a focus on large-scale interventions in agriculture and wastewater management, further developing operational infrastructure and making the Water Benefit Standard a self-financing programme. Please contact Brendan Smith if you are interested in supporting this critical work.

About the Water Benefit Standard
The Water Benefit Standard is designed to drive urgently needed finance to water projects worldwide. It provides the first globally consistent framework that defines best practice governance for water projects and certifies their positive environmental and socio-economic impacts.

Certified projects that demonstrate beyond ‘business as usual’ operations can also receive Water Benefit Certificates (WBCs), which represent a specific volume of water that has been sustainably supplied, purified or conserved. These certificates are then sold to corporates or public institutions with an interest in good water management, providing an annual revenue stream to sustain the project activity year after year.

For more context about our innovative new programme, review a list of our Frequently Asked Questions

Water Benefit Standard launched at World Water Week in Stockholm in September 2014

The official launch of the Water Benefit Standard took place at Stockholm’s World Water Week on September 3rd during an hour long side event featuring a panel made up of Sascha Lafeld from First Climate, Brendan Smith from the Gold Standard Foundation, James Dalton from the IUCN, Biksham Gujja from AgSri and Alexis Morgan from WWF. Speaking to a packed audience hall, the panel members discussed the standard concept, its development over the past three years and the first two demonstration projects to issue WBCs before fielding questions from the audience.

In addition to marking a shift in the activities of the Water Benefit Partners PPP from standard development to the creation of a project pipeline and marketing of WBCs, the Gold Standard also announced the initiation of a public consultation phase to take place until the end of the year. With the beta version of standard documentation now available on the Gold Standard website, all interested organizations and individuals have been asked to provide their input in order to make the standard as robust and credible as possible.

More information on the public consultation can be found here:
www.ecosystemmarketplace.com/pages/dynamic/article.page.php?page_id=10515&section=news_articles&eod=1Launch Presentation