Encompasses the internal and external mechanisms by which the water related aspects of an entity are controlled and by which the entity is accountable to its stakeholders, including which decisions are made, how and by whom. It defines the relationships between different stakeholders and between different parts of the system. The term governance applies to all entities and is distinct from the term government. (AWS, 2013, adapted from ISEAL Alliance, 2007: ISEAL Emerging Initiatives Module 4: Models of Governance, July 2007.).
Source: Identifying and assessing water sources: Guidance document for the onshore oil and gas industry, International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), 2014. Global Standards