BIER Releases Latest Practical Watershed Context Tool: Performance in Watershed Context Insights PaperOctober 12, 2017 | BIER
“Most corporate water stewardship activities are focused on operational water use eﬃciency and pollution reduction,” explains Andy Battjes, BIER Water Working Group Lead and Brown-Forman’s Director of EH&S. “As a result, there’s limited weight being given to a watershed’s speciﬁc needs and challenges.”
The roundtable’s work on developing this decision support process, intended for use beyond its members and industry peers, is the next step in answering an increasingly global and complex set of water-related risk and opportunity questions. Through a bottom-up, holistic approach, members have gained further insight and advanced pragmatic techniques to support understanding key local watershed conditions, impacts, and dependencies.
“In support of our ongoing water stewardship activities, BIER has identiﬁed a number of insights and next steps which form a working methodology for context-based decision making,” says Nick Martin, BIER Water Working Group Facilitator and Associate Director.
BIER has pursued and championed sound water stewardship practices since its inception in 2006 and views collaboration and open sourcing as primary success factors. Responding to increasing pressure from internal corporate decision-makers, investors and external stakeholders, BIER oﬀers a unique voice in the context- based targets and decision making space that looks beyond traditional water data collection and measurementhttp://bit.ly/Watershed-Approach.
“In terms of the availability of scientiﬁc data at the local basin level, there is a critical gap which BIER is able to shepherd and collectively improve upon,” Martin notes.
The complete insights paper is available for download though our website at: http://www.bieroundtable.com/publication/performance-in-watershed-context-insights-paper/-insights-paper/
For more information on BIER’s watershed approach, visit our blog post on our past watershed context work.
The Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable (BIER) is a technical coalition of leading global beverage companies working together to advance environmental sustainability within the beverage sector.