There is a growing awareness especially among agribusinesses on water-related risks within their supply chains and on their dependence of and impact on other water users in the larger catchment or landscape. This is driven by increasingly growing issues like deforestation, droughts (and fires), water pollution, flooding, and growing conflicts between different water users over reducing water resource availability. Water as an asset isn’t valued sufficiently which is leading to overlooked risks and missed opportunities.

Good water stewardship, as defined by the AWS Standard, provides the opportunity to create impact at scale, at catchment or landscape level, and support sustainable production and protection efforts by emphasizing and strengthening good water management and governance practices. While AWS is seeing a growing uptake of its standard at the site level, multi-stakeholder collaborations at the catchment scale are still limited which is limiting contributions to good water stewardship outcomes at the catchment level. Indonesia provides the opportunity to build upon the existing landscape and jurisdictional approaches and seek ways to integrate uptake of good water stewardship as part of these, particularly in palm oil and rubber.

This project was possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, which is supported by:

Driven by the intrinsic principles of the AWS Standard to work at catchment scale, and recognising the strengths of RSPO, GPSNR and LTKL, this project will identify and develop mechanisms to strengthen:

  • District government planning, monitoring and performance measurement,
  • and agriculture standards schemes in their efforts to sustainably transform agribusiness through good water stewardship.

The project not act as stand-alone initiative, but aims to drive collaborative actions by implementers and practitioners and will therefore build a Community of Practice through share knowledge and experiences.

The Project Objectives and Outputs

We will use good water stewardship as a common denominator to strengthen existing jurisdictional and landscape approaches and their attempts to tackle the challenges on peat land development and deforestation by:

Practical guidance for RSPO and GPSNR on good water stewardship
Insights in costs and benefits, including governmental and financial sector incentives
Inclusion of water stewardship into district performance planning, monitoring and performance measurement


Guidance documents for palm oil and natural rubber on good water stewardship
Report on financial mechanisms and incentives (at local and global level) for uptake of good water stewardship as part of palm oil and rubber standards at jurisdictional level
A supplemental Indonesia specific AWS guidance document and a roadmap towards adoption of the AWS standard and guidance by jurisdiction in Indonesia
Inclusion of good water stewardship indicators as part the LTKL Regional Competitiveness Framework in Indonesia to improve district level performance measurement

News & Updates

27 June 2022 | Events News

AWS & GPSNR Secretariat Webinar: Pathways Towards Good Water Stewardship in Sustainable Natural Rubber Production

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 […]
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20 April 2022 | News

Visual Arts: Boosting Sustainability Practice and Performance at The Landscape Level Through Good Water Stewardship

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 […]
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24 February 2022 | News

From IWSWG to Indonesia Water Stewardship (IWS) Network - Enchancing Collaboration on Water Stewardship in Indonesia

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 […]
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15 December 2021 | News

Study of Financial Incentives to Increase Good Water Stewardship Performance

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 […]
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9 March 2021 | News

Indonesia Water Stewardship Working Group - Co Creating A Pathway to Promote Water Stewardship in Indonesia

The urgency to bring good water stewardship, as defined by the Alliance for Water Stewardship Standard, to scale in Indonesia requires exploring avenues for uptake within the Indonesian context and to identify those opportunities that lead to better performance and practices on good water stewardship. To do just that, 16 professionals embarked as members of a […]
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Webinars & Events

We aim to generate interest and deepen understanding of good water stewardship as part of the landscape and jurisdictional approaches through webinars, online knowledge sharing, and training.


Landscape Project Report

Explore the outputs of 'Boosting sustainability practice and performance at the landscape level through good water stewardship'.

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Musi Banyuasin, South Sumatra and Indonesia
Project Period: July 2020-2022


Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a global membership collaboration comprising businesses, NGOs and the public sector. AWS members contribute to the sustainability of local water-resources through their adoption and promotion of a universal framework for the sustainable use of water.
Global Platform Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) is an international multi-stakeholder initiative formed to lead improvements in the socio-economic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.
Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari (LTKL) is a collaboration forum established and managed by the district governments to better implement sustainable development.

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