Due to unprecedented stress on limited water resources brought about by population growth, rapid urbanization, increasing industrialization, changing lifestyle patterns and climate change, India is already experiencing water shortages in select sub-basins and watersheds. Most of India’s river basins could face severe deficit by 2030 unless concerted action is taken.
Working in parallel at the basin and sub-basin level, the 2030 WRG’s agenda in India aims to catalyze water solutions in India’s largest river basin, Ganga, as well as adopt a thematic focus on municipal, industrial, and agricultural sectors.
Building on the national government’s prioritization of water efficiency and wastewater treatment, the 2030 WRG is facilitating structured engagement with multiple stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, civil society, academia, research organizations, and international agencies to develop best practice solutions and replicable partnership models for water management in the basin.
The 2030 Water Resources Group’s approach in India has already made great strides in advancing the multi-stakeholder aspect of the project. Highlights of our work include the reservoir restoration in Bundelkhand, the design and institution of data-driven dashboards for decision support, the establishment of public-private partnerships for wastewater treatment in the Ganga Basin, and the creation of a national blueprint for water accounting.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership hosted by the World Bank Group. The partnership supports country-level collaboration designed to unite diverse groups with a common interest in the sustainable management of water resources.
Our global partners include bilateral agencies and governments (Swiss Development Cooperation, Swedish Development Cooperation, the governments of Hungary and Israel), private companies (Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Ab InBev), development banks (IFC, World Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), INGOs and IGPs (UNDP, GGGI, GWP, the World Economic Forum, BRAC and IUCN). The 2030 WRG was launched in 2008 at the World Economic Forum and has been hosted by The World Bank Group since 2012.