Gold Standard's Water Benefit Standard Newsletter

PublicConsultationHelp shape the Water Benefit Standard: Public consultation

The Water Benefit Standard is open for public consultation only until January 1, 2015. Your input will influence the way critical water projects are designed, monitored and certified for years to come – with important implications for the world’s watersheds and the localpeople and biodiversity who inhabit them. If you have an interest in maximizing the impact of global water projects, please take the time to share your expertise to improve the Water Benefit Standard.

Access the public consultation or please contact Brendan Smith with your questions or feedback.

Develop a Water Benefit Standard project

The Gold Standard is now accepting expressions of interest from those who would like to be among the first to develop Water Benefit Standard projects – under either new or existing methodologies. The Standard goes live post-consultation on 1st February.

Submit your project profile

New methodologies

The Gold Standard is now scaling the Water Benefit Standard with new methodologies now in development:

  • Drip Irrigation–With Coop Group, ClimateCare, and Jain Irrigation Systems
  • In-field Rainwater Harvesting–With Danone, Oxfam, and Nova Institute
  • Water Retention Basin–With Coop Group and Aquasis

Look for more details about these new methodologies and pilot projects in the coming weeks at

Networking event at SWP

The Gold Standard is officially a member of the Swiss Water Partnership (SWP), joining in their commitment to ensure universal access to drinking water, sanitation and sustainable and equitable management of water resources and ecosystems. We will host a networking event with SWP entitled, “Status update on water in the SDGs & Water Benefit Standard: An Innovative Funding Tool” with our partners First Climate and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on 2 December 15:30 -18:30 at HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in Bern, Switzerland. More information

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