The 2030 WRG partnership with the Government of Maharashtra, initiated in 2014 under the leadership of the Chief Minister, aims to mobilize diverse stakeholders to help address water challenges across the state’s agricultural, industrial, and urban sectors.
To respond to the local water challenges, Maharashtra’s Department of Agriculture, a group of private sector companies, civil society organizations, and the 2030 Water Resources Group came together to review the possibility of initiating a multi-stakeholder Agri-Water Partnership, a reality since April 2014. The overall aim of that partnership is to accelerate and broaden water efficiency practices across the agricultural sector within the State. The 2030 WRG acts as a catalyst in this process, by helping produce technical analyses and convene key decision-makers across Government, the business community, civil society, financial institutions, academia, and development agencies.
Under the agri-water workstream, another batch of water-efficient PPP-IAD projects will be facilitated for the next cropping season. Further, a concept will be developed for the cotton initiative and presented to the MSP. Thereafter, the program will engage with a wider range of stakeholders, including financing partners to develop a detailed project report and implementation plan.
In the context of Industrial and Urban Water security, the Maharashtra Department of Industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry, and a number of key civil society organizations requested the 2030 WRG’s assistance to convene a platform to develop and implement a water security strategy for new integrated industrial development zones in the Aurangabad region in Maharashtra.
Likewise, the Urban and Industrial Water Security engagement will consolidate multi-stakeholder partnerships and enable private sector and civil society to positively influence the sustainable development of the industrial sector. Innovative solutions, including PPPs for wastewater reuse in industry, watershed management, rainwater harvesting, and groundwater recharge will be identified, implemented, and disseminated.
A hydro-economic analysis has been completed in 2015 with a specific focus on improved water-enabled sustainable development in Maharashtra’s agricultural sector. It targeted rain fed areas, watershed development, and minor irrigation works in Maharashtra outside of the main irrigated areas. The analysis considered the socio-economic and political situation of Maharashtra as well as current and emerging trends such as demographics, climate change, land-use change, urbanization, etc. It particularly elaborates on the scale and urgency of Maharashtra’s water resources challenge (gap between supply and demand) in relation to its GDP growth and development targets in the agri-business sector, under a business-as-usual scenario.
The 2030 WRG has identified four pathways to achieve circularity in urban water use; first, maximizing the use of water treatment assets in urban centers; second, targeting policy-regulatory enforcement for achieving water security goals in multiple sectors; third, Maximizing Financing for Development (MFD) through private sector financing and deployment of disruptive technologies; and fourth, creating the right fiscal and institutional incentives through a system of tradable permits.
Working with the Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), the 2030 WRG is supporting the development of tradable and target-based Wastewater Reuse Certificates (WRCs) backed by Blockchain-IoT technologies for adoption, amongst large industries or industrial parks and urban municipalities. The engagement will start with the top 20 water-consuming industrial companies.
Innovative, cutting-edge technologies such as Blockchain are expected to create a newer set of resilient institutions with improved transparency and accountability and minimal regulatory intervention.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership that supports country-level collaboration designed to unite diverse groups with a common interest in the sustainable management of water resources.