Urban Wastewater Public-Private Partnerships (white paper)

White Paper: Urban Wastewater Public-Private PartnershipsThis study on urban wastewater public-private partnerships (PPPs), prepared by FICCI Water Mission and the 2030 WRG with knowledge partner Powertec Engineering, aims to provide the industry perspective on issues affecting PPP projects in the urban wastewater sector and suggests measures to improve the investment climate for these projects and enhance reuse of treated wastewater. This study is the outcome of extensive stakeholder consultation with industry participants through formal interviews, consultative workshops, and surveys supplemented by extensive desk research involving a review of existing reports on the domestic sewerage sector as well as international and Indian PPP case studies of projects in this sector.

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2030 WRG participates in Peru Sustainable Management Expo 2016

Stand at Peru Sustainable Management ExpoLima, Peru, April, 27, 2016 – The 2030 Water Resources Group took part in the Sustainable Management Expo 2016 organized by the Peru 2021 association and Pontifical Catholic University of Peru from 27 to 29 April. 

This event brought together, through the wide patronage of Peru 2021, a large number of companies to showcase their achievements and progress in sustainable management of their operations. It was a suitable stage for 2030 WRG to establish closer relations with stakeholders in the private sector, showing the progress in terms of sustainable water management and having a greater presence at the local level.

Participation was through an interactive stand by which the attendees could learn in an enjoyable way the importance of caring for water resources and the role played by the State, the private sector and citizens in water conservation. The general theme of the Sustainable Expo was the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations (SDG), and in particular goal 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation.

Aquafondo, German cooperation (GIZ), and Peru 2021, allies of 2030 WRG in Peru worked together for its implementation. Sustainable Management Expo 2016.

 

The Citizen: Arusha in fresh drive to protect Pangani River basin

Tanzania Clipping_TheCitizen_16.04.21News Source: The Citizen

Arusha, April, 21, 2016 – Climate change and over exploitation of water resources is challenging the sustainability of the Pangani River Basin to deliver the precious liquid to consumers. Competition for diminishing water resources has led to tensions between various stakeholders within the basin.

The regional authorities, development partners and stakeholders have responded to this crisis by launching a special project to tackle it. It was launched at the end of a three-day water stewardship leadership forum which ended here on Tuesday. Dubbed Kilimanjaro Water Stewardship Platform, the multi-stakeholders project is a catalyst for improved collaboration between the business community, the government and civil societies to improve water security in the region.

The forum brought together experts on water stewardship from various countries around the continent, government officials, civil societies and other stakeholders who dis-cussed how water can be better man-aged to secure inclusive economic growth, and the role of stewardship in business strategies and operations. According to the organizers, the newly launched project will provide public institutions and civil societies with a mechanism to develop, coordinate and scale up solutions to tackle the spiraling water resource challenges in Pangani River basin.

The Kilimanjaro Water Steward-ship Platform was formally launched by the minister for Water and Irrigation, Mr Gerson Lwenge. Also in attendance was Mr Anders Berntell, the executive director of the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG). The platform is designed to pro-mote practical solutions in areas such as increasing the productivity of water use in agriculture, developing and scaling up partnerships for improved catchment management, and promoting the uptake of the AWS stewardship standards.

At least 20 organizations have so far shown interest to join forces with the government in the crucial under-taking. Founding members include Pangani Basin Water Board, Tanzania Horticulture Association, 2030 WRG and International Water Stewardship Programme (IWASP).

UN Secretary-General and World Bank Group President Appoint the Members of the High-level Panel on Water

News Source: World Bank Group and United Nations

WASHINGTON, DC, April 21, 2016  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced today the appointment of 10 Heads of State and Government, as well as two Special Advisors, to the High-Level Panel on Water.

The Panel, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos last January, aims to mobilize effective action to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6), which focuses on ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, at a time of unprecedented challenges.

“Ensuring water and sanitation for all is crucial for reducing poverty and achieving other Sustainable Development Goals,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. “I urge all partners to mobilize behind SDG 6 with political, financial and technological support.”

Today, more than 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation and at least 663 million do not have access to safe drinking water. Poor sanitation, water, and hygiene lead to about 675,000 premature deaths annually, and estimated annual economic losses of up to 7% of GDP in some countries. Floods and droughts already impose huge social and economic costs around the world, and climate variability will make water extremes worse. If the world continues on its current path, projections suggest that the world may face a 40% shortfall in water availability by 2030. The consequences of such stress are local, transboundary and global in today’s interconnected world.

The joint United Nations and World Bank Group High-level Panel on Water will provide the leadership required to tackle these challenges and champion a comprehensive, inclusive and collaborative way of developing and managing water resources, and providing improved access to clean water and sanitation.

“Growing cities and populations, as well as a changing climate, are placing unprecedented pressures on our water resources,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. “Addressing this challenge, and ensuring that we can provide clean water and sanitation for all, requires the kind of global action, strong leadership and commitment shown by the members of the High Level Panel on Water.”

The High Level Panel on Water will be co-chaired by President Ameenah Gurib of Mauritius and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. Among other actions, it will seek to:

  • Motivate effective Action – Focusing public policy dialogue, private sector models and    practices, and civil society initiatives towards the Water SDG; and
  • Advocate on financing and implementation – Promoting efforts to mobilize financial resources and scale-up investment for the Water SDG, including through innovative financing and implementation strategies.

The Members of the High-level Panel on Water are expected to rally concrete action on SDG6 and its related targets at national, regional and global levels, as well as leading by example, in close collaboration with partners and networks including civil society and the private sector.

The Panel members, who will serve for two years, include:

H.E. Ms. Ameenah Gurib, President of Mauritius (Co-Chair)

H.E. Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico (Co-Chair)

H.E. Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

H.E. Mr. János Áder, President of Hungary

H.E. Mr. Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister of Jordan

H.E. Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands

H. E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

H.E. Mr. Macky Sall, President of Senegal

H. E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of Tajikistan

Special Advisors

Dr. Han Seung-soo, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea

Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for the Environment, Peru

What the Members of the High Level Panel on Water Have to Say:

President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim of Mauritius (co-chair):

Water is life. Access to clean water and sanitation is part of our human rights.

President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico (co-chair):

For Mexico, the High Level Panel on Water represents a historical and‎ unprecedented opportunity to promote the recognition of water as an essential transversal element and the basis for the development and welfare of all our Nations. This multilateral initiative stands for the commitment of worldwide leaders to foster existing efforts and generate new dynamics, promoting the water and sanitation SDG’s within the 2030 agenda.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia:

I welcome the opportunity to join the United Nations/World Bank Group High Level Panel on Water. Countries around the world are facing critical choices on how to allocate water across society, the economy and the environment in the face of the profound impacts of climate change.  Australia will make a substantial contribution to the Panel, drawing on our experience and innovative approach to managing scarce water supplies, and the assistance we have given to other countries facing growing uncertainty about supplies of fresh water.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh:

The other name of water is life. Water is not only indispensable to human life, but also essential for personal well-being, food production, and conservation of nature. I am very optimistic seeing the level of awareness in this regard globally.

Securing water is about ensuring a life of dignity and well-being for people at the bottom. To ensure that, we need to act robustly by addressing the water-related challenges in all their complexities: inequality in access to water and sanitation; precarious health of rivers and wetlands; sustainable use of freshwater resources. Rising incidence of water-related disasters induced by climate change challenges us further. Water security is crucial also because our countries are rapidly getting urbanized. It is about making our societies and nations reap the transformative opportunities arising out of the 2030 Agenda. In attaining their water security, the low-income and climate-vulnerable countries need support.
 
We need pragmatic thinking, bold decision and action in our approaches and solutions over water e.g. how to secure balance between competing demands over water resources; how to adopt a balanced conservation and use across natural water eco-systems that transcend borders; how we develop and facilitate access to water-intensive technologies across communities and countries to save lives and livelihoods. The solutions and innovations should be such that these help secure water as a global common to the benefit of ordinary people.

President János Áder of Hungary:

Water is the most critical natural resource of the 21st century. Our development, the well-being, food, health and peace of our children will depend on how quickly we shift for a sustainable pathway of managing our water resources. We see the goals, but the road of transformation still needs to be charted. We are racing against the time but also against the consequences of our habits and earlier practices.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour of Jordan:

To achieve a sustainable world in near future. Safe and Fresh Water must be available to meet every person’s needs through reliable and affordable water supply and sanitation service.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands:

Water is life, and we must value our water right, like we learned and practice in the Netherlands in an inclusive, comprehensive and collaborative way to tackle the complex water crises of too much, too little and polluted water effectively, efficient and with real added value for all.

President Macky Sall of Senegal:

Senegal subscribes to the international development agenda for 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, just as it worked toward achieving Millennium Development Goals before that. The right to water and sanitation is now recognized as a basic human right and is included in the new version of the Water Law currently being presented at the National Assembly. Senegal therefore welcomes the creation of a High Level Water Panel and I’m delighted to join the team convened by the United Nations and the World Bank Group to back this strategic body.

We are aware that Financing and Hydrodiplomacy are two major issues with increasingly growing interest in the framework of the SDGs roadfile. Hence, we would be very delighted to see these questions be raised as big priorities since Senegal is supporting a Blue Fund Initiative and has also capitalized a lot of experience in water cooperation, peace and transboundary water resources management.

President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan

I hope that the High-Level Panel on Water which is created by the initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the World Bank will play an important role in consolidation of all efforts and coordination of effective implementation of the initiatives of the international community, including the declaration of the New Water Decade “ Water for sustainable development” on the different level.
 
Dedication of separate goal on water related issues in the SDGs itself is the invaluable substance to the sustainable development of the world community.

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa:

We have a single opportunity to change the narrative of water into one that pursues a positive economic and social developmental path in a sustainable and equitable manner for all of humanity and the world.

Dr. Han Seung-soo, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (Special Advisor):

Comprehensive solution to diverse water problems such as vicious cycle of water and poverty, transboundary water conflict, and mega water-related disasters is the top political issue in this century. The Panel is determined to help countries jump-start their actions to solve the problems towards achievement of SDG6 and other targets related to water.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of State for the Environment, Peru:

Considering the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction during 2015, the High Level Panel on Water sets up an opportunity to include climate change within the water debate, and especially around the SDGs. Water should be central to climate and development debate.

Development of irrigation financing facility for Tanzania underway

Tanzania_CreditAndersBerntellDAR ES SALAAM, April, 2016 — A first-ever blended finance forum on financing irrigation development in Tanzania was recently held in Dar es Salaam. The forum marks the first step in developing financing solutions and to reach an agreement to develop an irrigation financing facility for Tanzania. The forum was a collaboration between the National Irrigation Commission, the Financial Sector Deepening Trust, and the Tanzania 2030 Water Resources Group partnership and focused on how to develop more efficient irrigation solutions.

The concept for the Facility, endorsed following a three day multi-stakeholder workshop in Dar es Salaam from March 30 to April 1, has the ambition to unlock $100 million dollars in new financing.  The facility will achieve this by mobilizing finance for existing and developing water saving and irrigation projects with a goal to expand access to new efficient technologies for Tanzanian farmers.

The collaboration supports the new mandate of the National Irrigation Commission to strengthen private sector engagement in in irrigation through financing, equipment-supply, and co- investment. Head of the Commission, Eng. Seth Lusemwa, said: “Expanding irrigation is critical for Tanzania to achieve its agriculture and food security targets, but we must do so in a way that is both financially and environmentally sustainable.”

Mobilization of funds

The NIC realizes that there is a significant task ahead and progress will require partnerships with the private sector. Closing the irrigation gap, the difference between the potential for irrigation and the existing irrigation, is a significant challenge for Tanzania which currently only irrigates 1.6% of its potential. The NIC has a goal to increase area under irrigation in Tanzania from the current 460,000 hectares to 1,000,000 hectares over the next five years. This target alone is expected to cost a hefty 6.8 trillion shillings (USD $3 billion) and thus will require mobilization of funds across public and private partners.

Tanzania is endowed with irrigation potential area of 29.4 million hectares whereby 2.3 million hectares is of high potential, 4.8 million hectares is of medium potential and 22.3 million hectares is of low potential. Out of this potential area only 461,326 hectares equivalent to 1.6% of the area is under irrigation and contributes 24% of the national food requirement at present.

Innovative approaches critical

Securing financing for agriculture in Tanzania is however very difficult given the challenges in collateral, productivity, markets, and regulations. Securing financing through innovative approaches that are able to reduce the risks regularly associated with agriculture is critical to closing the financing gap for irrigation. According to Mwombeki Baregu, Head of Agriculture and Rural Finance at the Financial Sector Deepening Trust: “The importance of crowding in private finance to achieve our agricultural ambitions in Tanzania cannot be overstated.  Public funds are a vital component, but ultimately a large share of the finance must come from private and commercial sources.  This however will require more innovative ways of structuring and financing agriculture projects so that more funds can be mobilized from a wider spectrum of stakeholders. The effort to establish facilities is an important and innovative step in this direction.”

Participants at the workshop emphasized the need to develop irrigation in Tanzania in a way that maximizes not only limited public funds, but also the country’s limited fresh water resources.  Onesmo Sigalla, country representative for the Tanzania 2030 Water Resources Group partnership, explains: “There is often a misconception that agricultural growth and sustainable water management are conflicting objectives.  In fact, we can do a lot to improve both existing and new irrigation systems such that they increase agricultural productivity without negatively impacting, and in some cases even reducing, the amount of water that is extracted from the environment”.  The Tanzania 2030 Water Resources Group is a partnership launched in 2014 to bring together the government, private sector and civil society to find solutions to the gap between water supply and water demand.

About the National Irrigation Commission

The National Irrigation Commission (NIC) is a semi-autonomous Government Department established under section 3 (1) of the National Irrigation Act No. 5 of 2013, under the Ministry responsible for irrigation. The Commission is mandated for coordination, promotional and regulatory functions in the development of the irrigation sector in the country. NIC in collaboration with various stakeholders, envisages to improve the traditional irrigation schemes and expand the area under irrigation from 461,326 Hectares up to 1,000,000 Hectares by 2020/21. Effective and efficient achievement of this target calls for more sustained investments and concerted efforts between various players (public and private) in the irrigation sector.

About the Financial Sector Deepening Trust

The Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) was incorporated in Tanzania on 1 July 2004 with an overall aim to develop a deeper financial system that can provide greater access to finance to more Tanzanians. FSDT mission is to generate sustainable improvements in the livelihoods of poor households through reduced vulnerability to shocks, increased incomes and employment achieved through providing greater access to financial services for more men, women and enterprises. FSDT vision is to achieve improved capacity and sustainability of the financial sector to meet the needs of MSMEs and poor men and women and to contribute to economic growth. To unlock greater access, volume, and quality of financial services to the agriculture sector and to rural economies in Tanzania, FSDT is addressing constraints to deeper financial sector engagement in the agriculture sector and tackling the issues contributing to high transaction costs for financial services in rural markets.

About the 2030 Water Resources Group

The Tanzania 2030 Water Resources Group Partnership is a unique public-private-civil society collaboration launched in 2014. The partnership facilitates open, trust-based dialogue processes to drive action on water resources development and reform, with the aim to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030. The partnership is supported by the 2030 Water Resources Group, which emerged in 2009 through a collaboration between the IFC, the World Economic Forum, multilateral and bilateral agencies (Swiss and Swedish Development Cooperation), private sector companies (Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, SABMiller), and other organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund.

More information: www.2030wrg.org / www.twitter.com/2030WRG #2030WRG

 

Making progress on our shared water challenges – new water stewardship partnership and masterclass launched

Tanzania_AndersBerntellARUSHA, 11 April, 2016 — A major Water Stewardship Leadership Forum, held recently in Arusha, saw the launch of new initiatives to tackle the region’s spiraling water challenges.  The multi-stakeholder Kilimanjaro Water Stewardship Platform provides organisations from across the public sector, private sector and civil society with a mechanism to develop, coordinate and scale up solutions to tackle the growing water resource challenges in the Pangani River Basin. The landmark forum also included a masterclass for water leaders from across Africa. The 3-day regional event drew upon lessons generated by innovative work undertaken by Diageo and Serengeti Breweries Limited to implement  the Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) standard – which represents international best practice on water management – at their Moshi site. 

The Kilimanjaro Water Stewardship Platform was formally launched by the Minister of Water and Irrigation, Hon. Eng. Gerson Lwenge, together with Mr. Anders Berntell, Executive Director of the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG).  The platform is designed to promote practical solutions in areas such as increasing the productivity of water use in agriculture, developing and scaling up partnerships for improved catchment management, and promoting the uptake of the AWS stewardship standards. Almost twenty organizations have already indicated their commitment to actively participate. Founding members include the Pangani Basin Water Board, Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA), 2030 WRG and the International Water Stewardship Programme (IWASP).

The partnership approach was endorsed by Hon. Eng. Lwenge during his address to launch the Forum. He observed: “I am particularly inspired that there is a deliberate effort to engage the private sector in managing water resources.” The Minister also remarked he was ‘passionate’ about the Platform’s collective action approach.

Coordinator of the initiative, Onesmo Sigalla, was equally supportive of setting a progressive agenda to maximize water stewardship’s contribution to sustainable development by joining businesses with government and civil society efforts. “The launch of this platform is critical to ensure that economic growth in the region is not constrained by water security issues, and to demonstrate the potential for the private sector to drive wider sustainable water stewardship,” said Mr. Sigalla.

Practical solutions

The Leadership Forum highlighted specific water stewardship efforts in the region, including implementation of the AWS Standard by Serengeti Breweries, with support from Shahidi wa Maji, Water Witness International, and the Scottish Government.  This work is helping the company to manage the water and climate risks facing their brewery and its supply chain.

The implementation of the new standard was used as a hands-on case study at a ‘Water Stewardship Masterclass’, an advanced training for practitioners, held during the event. Hawa Ladha, Sustainability and Responsibility Manager for Serengeti Breweries Limited, underlined the company’s commitment to the initiative and explained: “By being one of the first African companies to implement the AWS Standard we are making a strong, public commitment towards the need for better water management in the region.”

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Partners

The Leadership Forum and Masterclass have been convened by local NGO ShahidiwaMaji with support from Water Witness International, Serengeti Breweries Limited and parent company Diageo, the 2030 Water Resources Group, the International Water Stewardship Programme, WWF, and the Tanzanian Government and Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

About the Pangani River Basin

The Pangani River Basin is home to a large number of commercial agriculture producers (in particular coffee and sugar) and has the largest concentration of horticulture and floriculture producers in Tanzania – with over 30 companies in the region identified as exporting to European markets. The Pangani is also globally recognized for its forest and biodiversity resources which generates an estimated US$50 million alone in revenue each year for the Tanzanian economy. The river basin is already water stressed, and evidence suggests its resources will become increasingly constrained. Available water resources are currently less than 1,200 m3 per capita, compared to 2,300 m3 per capita for Tanzania as a whole.

About ShahidiwaMaji

ShahidiwaMaji is a Tanzanian NGO working to improve water security for the poor. It works with partners including Water Witness International to ensure that water resources are managed fairly and sustainably for current and future generations. They work at a local, national and global scale, driving improved water security through a multi-layered approach involving research; the development of innovative responses; collaborations with change makers and evidence based advocacy to produce change at scale. Shahidi and Water Witness have played a leading role in the development of water stewardship through its partnerships work with governments, donors, corporates, international NGOs, academic research centres and civil society organisations. www.waterwitness.org

About Water Stewardship and the Alliance for Water Stewardship standard

The AWS Standard is a globally-consistent framework that outlines the expectations of responsible private sector operators on water Stewardship is about taking care of something that we do not own. Stewardship approaches that focus on the management of public goods like forests, fisheries or, in our case, freshwater resources, are based on the premise that we are all accountable for the sustainable management of those resources and are, therefore, based on collective responses. Water  stewardship is defined as: “The use of water that is socially equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically beneficial, achieved through a stakeholder-inclusive process that involves site and catchment-based actions. www.allianceforwaterstewardship.org

About the 2030 Water Resources Group

The 2030 Water Resources Group is a unique public-private-civil society collaboration. The Group facilitates open, trust-based dialogue processes to drive action on water resources reform in water stressed countries in developing economies. The ultimate aim of such reforms and actions is to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030. The 2030 WRG emerged in 2009 through a collaboration between the IFC, the World Economic Forum, multilateral and bilateral agencies (Swiss and Swedish Development Cooperation), private sector companies (Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, SABMiller), and other organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund.
More information: www.2030wrg.org / www.twitter.com/2030WRG #2030WRG


Press contacts:

Alida Pham, 2030 Water Resources Group, Global Communications Lead
Email: apham4@ifc.org, direct: +1 202 473 3272, mobile: +1 202 603 2535

Scott McCready, Water Witness International, Chief Strategy Officer
Email: scottmccready@waterwitness.org, mobile: +44 (0)779 0592009

 

 

 

Times of India: White Paper on urban wastewater PPPs released (ANI)

News source: ANI

New Delhi, Apr. 6 (ANI): Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development, Shashi Cover FICCI_WRG_UrbanWastewaterPPPWhitpaperShekhar, today released a white paper on Urban Wastewater PPPs, prepared by the FICCI Water Mission and 2030 Water Resources Group.

He launched the white paper at the India Water Week 2016, in an interactive seminar, jointly organized by FICCI and the Ministry of Water Resources on “Model for Efficient Water Management at Local Level in Urban / Peri-Urban Areas.

Launching the paper, Shekhar remarked “what we have launched today is what we plan to do in Ganga.”

In his endorsement of the FICCI – 2030 Water Resources Group White Paper, the Secretary mentioned that it “provides useful industry perspectives on measures to improve the investment climate and enhance project viability and sustainability through wastewater reuse markets in the long run.”

Developed as a joint collaboration between the FICCI Water Mission and the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), the Paper advocates for governments, both at the national and state levels, to focus on improvement in the quality of sewerage services in the country through Public-Private (Community) Partnerships (PP(C)P), over and above private sector participation as a means to bridge the investment gap.

The outcome of extensive stakeholder consultations with industry participants, water and wastewater utilities, government agencies and financiers, the Paper recommends a three level payment security mechanism which involves ring fencing of sewerage revenues at the local government/state utility level, followed by funding support from the state government through a separate State Sanitation Fund, and backstopped by a guarantee facility from the Government of India. It also suggests that the country needs to move to a regime where sewerage charges at least cover O&M expenses.

Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman, FICCI Water Mission highlighted that “the White Paper aims to serve as a valuable resource for assessing current constraints faced by PPP projects and developing innovative ways of creating a conducive investment climate for private sector involvement in the sewerage sector.”

Co-chairing the session on “Model for Efficient Water Management at Local Level in Urban / Peri-Urban Areas, Pradeep Puri, Chairman, IL&FS Water Ltd. & Chairman, FICCI National Executive Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Smart Cities, remarked, “probably no other aspect of urban infrastructure is more mismanaged than water distribution where we compare very poorly with international benchmarks in terms of efficiency, per capita availability and water tarrifs.” (ANI)

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White Paper on Urban Wastewater Public-Private Partnerships launched

Cover FICCI_WRG_UrbanWastewaterPPPWhitpaperNew Delhi, 6 April, 2016 (ANI)- The Secretary of Ministry of Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development, Shashi Shekhar, today released a white paper on Urban Wastewater PPPs, prepared by the FICCI Water Mission and 2030 Water Resources Group.

He launched the white paper at the India Water Week 2016, in an interactive seminar, jointly organized by FICCI and the Ministry of Water Resources on “Model for Efficient Water Management at Local Level in Urban / Peri-Urban Areas.

Launching the paper, Shekhar remarked “what we have launched today is what we plan to do in Ganga.”

In his endorsement of the FICCI – 2030 Water Resources Group White Paper, the Secretary mentioned that it “provides useful industry perspectives on measures to improve the investment climate and enhance project viability and sustainability through wastewater reuse markets in the long run.”

Developed as a joint collaboration between the FICCI Water Mission and the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), the Paper advocates for governments, both at the national and state levels, to focus on improvement in the quality of sewerage services in the country through Public-Private (Community) Partnerships (PP(C)P), over and above private sector participation as a means to bridge the investment gap.

The outcome of extensive stakeholder consultations with industry participants, water and wastewater utilities, government agencies and financiers, the Paper recommends a three level payment security mechanism which involves ring fencing of sewerage revenues at the local government/state utility level, followed by funding support from the state government through a separate State Sanitation Fund, and backstopped by a guarantee facility from the Government of India. It also suggests that the country needs to move to a regime where sewerage charges at least cover O&M expenses.

Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman, FICCI Water Mission highlighted that “the White Paper aims to serve as a valuable resource for assessing current constraints faced by PPP projects and developing innovative ways of creating a conducive investment climate for private sector involvement in the sewerage sector.”

Co-chairing the session on “Model for Efficient Water Management at Local Level in Urban / Peri-Urban Areas, Pradeep Puri, Chairman, IL&FS Water Ltd. & Chairman, FICCI National Executive Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Smart Cities, remarked, “probably no other aspect of urban infrastructure is more mismanaged than water distribution where we compare very poorly with international benchmarks in terms of efficiency, per capita availability and water tarrifs.” (ANI)

This study on Urban Wastewater PPPs, prepared by FICCI Water Mission and the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), with knowledge partner Powertec Engineering, aims to provide the industry perspective on issues affecting PPP projects in the urban wastewater sector and suggests measures to improve the investment climate for these projects and enhance reuse of treated wastewater. This study is the outcome of extensive stakeholder consultation with industry participants through formal interviews, consultative workshops and surveys supplemented by extensive desk research involving review of existing reports on the domestic sewerage sector as well as international and Indian PPP case studies of projects in this sector.

This article has also appeared in the Times of India.

Read or download the White Paper here >>

Sharing best practices from across the globe at 2030 WRG South Africa Knowledge Exchange South Africa

South Africa Knowlede Exchange Group PhotoJohannesburg, 29 February, 2016 – To encourage countries within our network to identify and replicate best practice solutions from elsewhere, the 2030 WRG held an international exchange with eight countries. This inaugural exchange was held in South Africa, one of the earliest members of the 2030 WRG network, from February 29 to March 4, 2016. We have chosen South Africa to host the event so that participants could learn from the country’s efforts to address municipal water losses and manage mine water; issues that are relevant to several 2030 WRG country partnerships.

Through presentations, discussions, and field visits, the event provided participants with practical insights from South Africa’s water management and public-private-civil society experience; provided an opportunity for partners from across 2030 WRG countries to network and learn from each other; and enabled South African stakeholders, as hosts, to showcase the country’s water management achievements to senior officials from other countries.

The knowledge exchange was a success. Participants found sharing knowledge, experiences, and perspectives from other countries particularly useful. Country teams from Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, and Tanzania joined South African participants and experts, a journalist, and IFC and SIWI staff. In total, 87 participants from eight countries attended the 2030 WRG Knowledge Exchange.

Please view or download the SA Knowledge Exchange Summary Report.