The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) combats illegal or sustainable logging by certifying wood products and the Fair Trade system allows consumers to buy products that support and sustain local communities.
Additionally, theRainforest Alliance certifies goods that are produced using farm and forestry methods that are good for people and the planet. The next item up for certification: water.
As water stress and droughts are increasing in highly-populated countries, water is turning into a valued commodity. Water is therefore a resource that has to be carefully managed.
The Alliance for Water Stewardship will lead the development of standards to improve the way water is managed around the world. Six environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund, will join the project that also includes corporations and social groups.
By the middle of the year the alliance hopes to complete a set of core standards that would be applicable around the world while also having local critieria.
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