State of Karnataka funds 250 million USD in drip irrigation programs

Bangalore, July 2015 — Through the catalytical role of 2030 WRG, the State government of Karnataka committed an investment of 250 million USD to fund the implementation of drip irrigation programs for the production of sugarcane across the state.

With over 430,000 hectares under sugarcane cultivation and sugar output of 4 million tons, the state of Karnataka accounts for 8.3 percent of India’s area and ten percent of its sugar production, respectively (S. Nijalingappa Sugar Institute, CACP report, 2014). However, the prevalent practice of flood irrigation in the sector is leading to sub-optimal utilization of constrained water resources.

Playing a key role in convening financial institutions, sugar mills, farmer organizations, and government around agri-technology finance, 2030 WRG is facilitating the development of concrete and implementable financing solutions for drip irrigation in sugarcane in Karnataka.  The focus on business benefits is also driving a paradigm shift in the traditionally subsidy-driven approach for drip adoption nationally. The engagement is analyzing the potential for creation of ‘smart’ subsidies, whereby subsidies serve as market-linked policies, which incentivize unlocking of bankfinance for micro irrigation.

Endorsing 2030 WRG’s role, Aravind Galagali, Director, Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited (KBJNL), Water Resources Department, Government of Karnataka elaborated: “As a neutral catalyst with a global presence and strong networks across the private sector, 2030 WRG offers an inclusive yet market-based approach by mobilizing large-scale funding for drip irrigation for sugarcane in Karnataka. Facilitating the interaction between the sugar industry, financial institutions and technology solution providers, the engagement will unlock one of the key bottlenecks hindering agri-technology adoption in the state and nationally, namely, finance.”

Proposed to be guided by a multi-stakeholder committee composed of the state’s leading financial institutions, sugar mills, government, and other enabling agencies, the engagement will facilitate the exchange of information among stakeholders on an ongoing basis for effective tracking of results. 

BRAC confirmed participation to 2030 WRG Governing Council

BRAC logoBRAC has confirmed its official membership participation to the 2030 WRG Governing Council. This was approved in the last GC meeting, held during the World Economic Forum Annual Meetings at the end of January.

BRAC is an international development organization based in Bangladesh. It is the largest non-governmental development organization in the world. Established by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 1972 soon after the independence of Bangladesh, BRAC is present in all 64 districts of Bangladesh as well as in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Haiti and the Philippines.

BRAC employs over 100,000 people, roughly 70 percent of whom are women, reaching more than 126 million people. The organization is 70-80% self-funded through a number of commercial enterprises that include a dairy and food project and a chain of retail handicraft stores called Aarong. BRAC maintains offices in 14 countries throughout the world, including BRAC USA and BRAC UK.

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River Rejuvenation through Community Participation: Hindon River Basin

June 11, 2015

Har Ki Pairi, Hardwar in India. By Lord of the Wings.In partnership with Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan (JJJA), spearheaded by the Waterman of India, Rajendra Singh, 2030 WRG stepped up its commitment to the river Ganga Rejuvenation program through a program focused on the Hindon river basin. A highly polluted, 400 kilometer stretch, the Hindon river flows across the industrial belt of Western Uttar Pradesh, where multiple factories and slaughter houses discharge largely untreated waste into its waters.

Aiming at the building of a participatory water resources management approach for the rejuvenation and revival of the Hindon Basin, the JJJA team organized a first workshop in June to bring together key actors – government, private sector and industry, community, academia, civil society, and water practitioners to brainstorm solutions, enable the formation of a water alliance and drive accountability.  2030 WRG, as a founding associate, facilitated the group discussions to map the opportunities and solutions for the river’s revival.  The pathway of change identified collectively by the stakeholders included a focus on municipal, industrial and agri-water interventions, demarcation and notification of the river into multiple sections, need for centralized and decentralized wastewater treatment plants, and accountability for water flow into rivers at the level of the government, private sector, and community.

Forming allies with Mexico’s National Water Commission to face water challenges

Mexico City, July 2015 — The National Water Commission in Mexico, CONAGUA, has signed a Cooperation Accord with 2030 WRG in July to collaborate on a joint program that comprises three main initiatives: the development of a capital investment prioritization system, the analysis of the challenges and opportunities for private sector involvement in the water sector and the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform. These actions will support CONAGUA’s response to mounting national level budgetary constraints resulting from adverse international economic pressures.

Water resources management in Mexico is organized through 13 Hydrological Administrative Regions (HARs) for planning, programming and management purposes. Each of these regions faces different water security challenges. For example the north and north-eastern territories suffer from extreme droughts and the south and south-eastern areas from severe floods. The Central Highlands face extreme and increasing inter-sector water use competition.

The 2030WRG/CONAGUA joint initiative for developing a capital investment prioritization system will engage in the assessment and prioritization of the CONAGUA’s portfolio of investments in some of the most strategic HARs (and their planning units) of the country in terms of their contribution to GDP, the severity of their water security challenges, and other important socio-economic and environmental criteria. The output will allow CONAGUA and other stakeholders (i.e. the private sector) to identify the most strategic projects for financing.

About CONAGUA
Water in Mexico is considered a national asset. The administration of water is a responsibility of the President of Mexico, who delegates it to the National Water Commission. The National Water Commission is an administrative, normative, technical, consultative and decentralized agency of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). CONAGUA’s tasks include the administration of the National Waters, Management and control of the hydrologic system and the Promotion of social development.

 

 

El Comercio: “Crecer en base al uso intensivo del agua es inviable”

News Source: El Comercio

Entrevista completa a G Delacámara - El Comercio - 12 de julio 2015

De cada S/.10 que se producen en el Perú, S/.8 son de zonas donde el agua es escasa, apuntó el consultor Gonzalo Delacámara

El modelo económico basado en el uso intensivo del agua es visto como poco sostenible en el tiempo. Más aun si trata de zonas donde el recurso es escaso o debe venir de otro lugar como ocurre en países como Israel, Australia y, claro está, el Perú.

Por ello, la plataforma público-privada 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) trabaja con actores públicos, privados y sociedad civil para que tomen un papel más activo en el logro de una mejor gestión del recurso hídrico en el país.

¿Cuál es la labor que realiza esta institución en el mundo y desde hace pocos años en el Perú? 
La organización 2030 Water Resources Group nace a partir del Foro Económico Mundial, como una iniciativa con una serie de socios desde bancos de desarrollo, instituciones no gubernamentales, el sector privado y con una presencia fuerte de la Corporación Financiera Internacional (del Banco Mundial). El objetivo es cerrar la brecha de la demanda y oferta de agua al 2030 en los países en desarrollo.

¿Cuál es la situación del Perú en cuanto a la gestión del agua?
El Perú forma parte de un grupo de países del mundo donde se ‘pesca donde no hay pescado’, porque ocho de cada diez soles que se producen provienen de un lugar donde no hay agua, como es la costa. Esto es común en los estados del oeste americano, en especial en California, una de las grandes economías del planeta, pero con graves problemas en el tema del manejo de los recursos hídricos. Allí también están el norte de Chile, una buena parte de Argentina, así como Israel y el sur de Australia y también de Francia.

Para la agroexportación, Israel es el ejemplo que se ha seguido: hacer crecer el verde en un desierto.
Todos estos países han construido un modelo de desarrollo que demanda de manera intensiva agua en circunstancias en que esa agua no está o está distribuida en otro lugar. Esta paradoja de ser capaces de generar un modelo de crecimiento en un lugar que depende de un recurso escaso genera una serie de fricciones y costos importantes. Esto hace que los conflictos en el Perú, tal como lo tiene censado la Defensoría del Pueblo o el ANA, hayan crecido a más de 200 en número; muchos de los cuales derivan en violencia. Es importante reconocer que el Perú está en un momento en que debe tomar determinadas decisiones no coyunturales, sino en cuanto a su modelo de desarrollo basado en el agua.

¿Este modelo de producir en una zona árida ya no será viable en el mediano plazo?
El modelo plantea dudas respecto a su sostenibilidad. O se mejora el manejo de los recursos hídricos o existen riesgos para los principales sectores productivos del país. Si uno analiza la balanza de pagos del Perú, uno encuentra que el 52% del valor de las exportaciones es minería y el 11% es agricultura, es decir que solo tomando esos dos sectores, un 63% del valor de las exportaciones son intensivas en el uso del agua.

Lee el informe completo en la edición impresa de Portafolio Economía & Internacional.