The President of Mongolia invited the 2030 Water Resources Group to help find a path toward water security in his country. We have since conducted an initial analysis (prior to signing MOU), set up workshops and facilitated discussions to raise awareness of water issues, increase the desire to collaborate, and set a path for action. In October 2013, the 2030 WRG initiated a “Targeted Analysis on Water Resources Issues in Mongolia” (covering both Ulaanbaatar city and South Gobi regions) which was jointly undertaken by a team of experts from PwC and Deltares.
Based on the findings of the report, 2030 WRG and the Ministry of Environment and Green Development (MEGD) decided to build up a Multi-Stakeholder Platform.
Key findings and recommendation of the “Targeted Analysis on Water Resources Issues in Mongolia” were presented during a workshop in April 2014 attended by more than 80 senior governmental officials, business leaders and representatives from civil society and expert organizations. The report recommends five key points: (i) that a multi-stakeholder partnership be set up to allow for integrative consultation processes; (ii) databases and scientific understanding of water resources be improved to enable sound fact-based decision making; (iii) water economics and methodologies for the valuation of water resources be developed to set the right incentives for sustainable water management; (iv) hydro-economic analyses be performed to identify cost-effective solutions to close the water-supply-demand gap; and (v) capacity be built in the water sector to enable the implementation.
Based on the findings of the Targeted Analysis on Water Resources Management Issues in Mongolia, 2030 WRG and MEGD decided to build up a Multi-Stakeholder Platform, with three components:
• The 2030 WRG Mongolia Steering Board, which is responsible for steering the partnership;
• The Secretariat, which has responsibility over the day to day operations of the Partnership;
• Work streams, which focus on concrete tasks that have been identified and decided by the steering board.
2030 WRG is working with key stakeholders to deliver concrete results within the three working groups. The partnership is focused on:
1. Reducing water demand and augmenting supply
2. Developing incentives for sustainable water resources management
3. Building the capacity of stakeholders and encouraging collaboration.
For work stream 1, this means at least two concrete projects. For work stream 2, an updated pricing methodology is being developed and should be presented to the cabinet in October (work on incentive will be presented later). For work stream 3, the development of an integrated database, capacity building as well as collaboration setting up Tuul river basin council is ongoing.
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.