CSR of water companies and biodiversity
The corporate social responsibility of water companies and the connection between water vs biodiversity including stakeholder engagement at the catchment level
Organisers: International Water Asssociation (IWA), Veolia Environment.
Thu 9th Oct, 14.30-16:00
The objective of this session was to get input from the IUCN audience into IWA activities as well as to showcase IWA working areas that is relevant for the IUCN audience.
In particular, biodiversity is being threatened everywhere in the world, and species are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Water and wastewater services companies impact the local ecosystems when withdrawing or discharging water into the environment. But biodiversity can also help us providing a better service by using and enhancing the natural functions of ecosystems. Therefore, the preservation of the ecological quality of the ecosystems in which water companies operate can be seen as an opportunity to improve both the quality and the functions of the resource and the environment.