What can we do? : businesses as water managers

All businesses should ensure sustainable use of water across all their activities

Convention on Biological Diversity / UNEP


All businesses should aim to reduce their operational water footprint and consider how their activities impact on ecosystems. Many businesses are already setting examples for others to follow in this field. It is also vital to consider the supply-chain water footprint, which is often much larger than the operational one. The key water management philosophy should be: reduce, recycle and treat before disposal. Managing water is not just a matter of accounting for cubic metre consumption; companies face a major challenge to define a sustainable water management strategy, which aligns with their business strategy and does not compromise the very ecosystems, which contribute to sustainable water management. Many businesses are already considering their environmental footprint and have ISO14001 accreditation in recognition of their commitment to their Environmental Management System (EMS), and there are a number of businesses across a range of sectors that have developed solutions to assist in reducing water usage.

With good planning, stewardship and management, all businesses should ensure sustainable use of water and biodiversity across all their activities. The tools are available so that they can take control of their water footprint and be a driving force in sustainable environmental, social and economic development for current and future generations.

Fragment from the book Natural solutions for water security.

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