In celebration of World Water Day here are our top tips for hoteliers looking to reduce their water consumption and address water issues responsibly
An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and since then World Water Day has been held annually on 22nd March. The day aims to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2013, in reflection of the International Year of Water Cooperation, World Water Day is dedicated to the theme of cooperation around water, which is very in keeping with what the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) has been doing on the topic of water since establishing a Water Working Group in 2012.
ITP is currently working with its 16 global hotel company members to address how the industry should address water challenges. This collaboration is being conducted through a working group on water, with its first objective: To produce a risk analysis of key water issues – present and forecast – of water availability and quality, along with an assessment of any cost and regulatory implications, in selected geographic regions, in order to increase awareness and understanding of how and where water issues present a significant risk to the industry’s future.
As part of this working group, ITP has engaged the help of SIWI, the Stockholm International Water Institute, to conduct a research piece on the above. More details of this research will be publicly available in early summer. However, for now, we’ve updated our practical Know How Guide to Water Management in the hotel industry…
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