CHINA: The first stakeholder forum for water stewardship
A stakeholder movement that came to life in Wuxi in 2015 was the Taihu International Forum, bringing together business, NGOs, civil society and policy makers into the same room.
“The idea was to set up a platform for sharing international experience in river basin governance and to promote reform and innovation in China’s basin governance model. The forum was an immediate success and brought people together in a joint mission to find solutions”, Dr. Ren, Regional Head of WWF Shanghai Region, at WWF China said.
The main outcome from the first Taihu Forum put forth a new basin governance model, and participants became aware of the transformational potential. In the forums that followed, the model was further developed, and brought in perspectives from peers working with water issues in Australia and the Baltic region.
Since its inception, the forum has expanded every year, bringing in more participants and including wider areas and regions. It has also given birth to “sub forums”, task groups that engage further in particular topics such as the potential of industrial parks going green and how water stewardship innovation can impact textile production.
Since July 2020, the Taihu Forum has now become part of Textile Going Green, a program that focuses on the textile sector’s green transformation, taking the concept further outside of the Taihu basin.