Business sector points to integration of actions as solution for water crisis

April 26, 2017 – The Business Engagement Forum was held on Tuesday (April 25) in Brasilia, and brought together experts and companies from different sectors to discuss a key theme: the efficient management of water resources in a context of scarcity. The discussants presented a series of experiences that have been developed for this purpose, but they were unanimous in pointing out that a greater integration between civil society, governments and private sector is needed so that the actions already under way are improved, scalable and serve as a basis for new solutions.

The event, which attracted about 110 people to the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, was an initiative of the 8th World Water Forum, held by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) with the sponsorship of Braskem and Coca-Cola.

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[Portuguese below] Setor empresarial aponta integração de ações como saída para crise hídrica

O Fórum Água de Engajamento Empresarial foi realizado nesta terça-feira (25/04), em Brasília (DF), e reuniu especialistas e empresas de diferentes setores para discutir um tema-chave: a gestão eficiente dos recursos hídricos em um cenário de escassez. Os debatedores trouxeram uma série de experiências que vem sendo desenvolvidas com este propósito, mas foram unânimes em apontar que é preciso uma maior integração entre sociedade civil, governos e iniciativa privada para que as ações já em curso sejam aprimoradas, ganhem escala e sirvam de base para a criação de novas soluções.

O evento, que atraiu cerca de 110 pessoas ao Centro de Convenções Ulysses Guimarães, foi uma iniciativa do Grupo Focal de Sustentabilidade do 8º Fórum Mundial da Água, realizada pelo Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS) com patrocínio da Braskem e Coca-Cola.

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Introducing the 2030 WRG Ethiopia Representative and Program Coordinator

Teshome Beyene Berhe started working as the 2030 WRG Ethiopia Country Representative in March, 2017. Teshome holds a degree in theoretical economics from the University of East Anglia, UK, a Diploma in Law from the Mekele University and an Advanced Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute of London. He has also earned a certification from the Management Institute of Ethiopia for a ‘qualified’ Manager and is a member of the Ethiopian Economic Association since 2007.

After working in the national accounts team of the Ministry of Planning as an expert in the late 1980s’, Teshome served the government of Ethiopia for three years, which was under re-organization along federal structure, as head of the Department of Trade of the Tigrai region. Subsequently, he joined full board the private sector and served in the insurance sector at different levels of management and leadership. He is the founder of the composite insurer, Ethio Life and General Insurance, and chaired its Board of Directors for over nine years.

He consulted the birth of a national reinsurance company that was formally established in July 2016. He managed and brought to success a project on PPD (2011-2013) that was jointly financed by the World Bank and the National Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia. Teshome also served as a member of a team to consult the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to develop PPP policy and legislation during 2016.


Nina Jansen also joined the 2030 WRG team as Program Coordinator for the Ethiopia program. She has a technical academic background with a focus on interdisciplinary thinking. Nina graduated as BSc in Beta-Gamma- with a major in chemistry and as MSc. in Energy Science, with a specialization in Environmental Engineering. During her studies, she learned to analyze the different technical and socio-economic aspects of energy and the environment.

For about two years, she worked at FMO (The Dutch development bank) initially as strategic Environmental & Social Analyst, and later at Business Development department where she worked for the new Partnership Development Facility – an investment fund for project development related to food security and climate adaptation projects with Dutch companies in emerging markets. Next to implementing the fund at FMO, Nina was a project officer on two agro-logistics projects in Africa (Ethiopia and Djibouti and South Africa).

Financial Express: Call for installing ETPs in economic zones

News Source: The Financial Express 

Speakers at a workshop on Wednesday emphasised the need for installing full functional effluent treatment plants (ETPs) in the economic zones of the country before industrial plants go into production.

They also said the concept of green economic zones will help attract more foreign direct investment in many sectors.

The speakers came up with the views at the workshop titled ‘Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) for Economic Zones (EZs) in Bangladesh’ jointly organised by Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA), 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) and German development organisation GIZ at a city hotel.

Prime Minister’s Office Chief Coordinator (SDGs) Abul Kalam Azad attended the programme as chief guest. Presided over by BEZA Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury, the workshop was also addressed by Water Resources Ministry Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan, Ministry of Environment & Forests Secretary Istiaque Ahmad and 2030 WRG Asia Region Co-Head Bastiaan Mohrmann.

Terming Bangladesh as the most vulnerable country in terms of environment, Mr Azad said the government has taken the plan to establish 100 EZs across the country by 2030 where strict maintenance of CETPs is a must to protect the environment.

He said 80 per cent of waste water produced worldwide is discharged without treatment while the rate in Bangladesh is around 99.90 per cent.

However, he said there is a scarcity of human resources in the country for effluent and sludge management both in public and private sectors.

Despite having significant potential in producing electricity from sludge management, the country has not yet got any success in this regard, Mr Azad added.

BEZA Chairman Paban Chowdhury said untreated effluents harm not only surface water but also ground water in the long run affecting reserve of fresh drinking water.

Mentioning BEZA’s commitment to protect the environment for sustainable development of the country, he said CETPs in the EZs are considered a viable wastewater treatment solution for industries of all sizes and scales.

BEZA has already selected around 36,000 acres of land to establish EZs till now which will reach around 75,000 acres finally, he added.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed among BEZA 2030 WRG and GIZ to initiate a technical and knowledge-based partnership to facilitate establishment of CETPs in the under-construction EZs in the country.FE News Coverage Workshop on CETP 19 April 2017.

 

PPIAF to provide financial and technical support to advance non-revenue water in South Africa through SWPN

South Africa has a population of 51 million people with 60 percent of the population living in urban environments and 40 percent living in rural settlements. South Africa obtains its water supply from surface water (77%); groundwater (9%); and recycled water (14%).1 Currently, South Africa is using water broadly within its natural supply limits (using 98 percent of its predicted total resources) and rising temperatures will undoubtedly make the situation worse. During recent years, water issues in South Africa have moved to the forefront of national concern. The Global Risk Report (2015) of the World Economic Forum recognizes water scarcity as the number one global risk from both a resource and access point of view, highlighting the significance and severity of the prevalent water issues for South Africa and for the entire global community.

The Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) is a dynamic and cutting edge partnership between the public sector, primarily the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the private sector and civil society. Together these three partners are working to close a projected 17% gap between water supply and demand by the year 2030 in South Africa. The partnership was established by the 2030 Water Resources Group (now hosted by IFC) in 2011 and strives to contribute to efficient, equitable and sustainable water supply and access to water for all South Africans through the identification and application of innovative and cost effective solutions and programs. The SWPN has become an established forum for collaboration between the public, private and civil society stakeholders on the country’s most pressing water issues.

South Africa is losing approximately 35% of its water supply to Non-Revenue Water (NRW). There is consensus within the sector that Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WCWDM) is paramount to the sustainability of water supply and overall water security. Persistent problems related to inefficiencies in water management and use will, if unabated, continue to deplete the scarce resource resulting in further costly investment requirements. Given the historic difficulty of providing enough water to meet society’s needs, there is an acknowledgment that governments and the private sector should collaborate to develop effective policies and sustainable solutions.

As a response to incentives to work with the private sector, municipalities have expressed interest to potentially improve and maintain their NRW performance through Performance Based Contracts (PBCs). Meanwhile, many private service companies, particularly domestic and regional firms, would like to participate in and offer value-for-money services to water boards through PBC tenders. These private companies understand the market opportunity and possess the resources and skills necessary to provide quality offers. There are various types of PBCs, each with different risk allocations and different information requirements, that could be implemented depending on the circumstances of each municipality. Examples are the Physical Loss Reduction (DBOM) contract; the 24/7 Self-Optimizing Contract; the Cost-Plus (for use in Competitive Discovery) Contract; and the Incentivized Program Management Contract.

With support from the Public – Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), assistance will be provided for improving the financial and technical capacity of selected municipalities. Along with South Africa, PPIAF and the World Bank Group are supporting other countries in Africa and around the world manage their NRW, through a partnership with the International Water Association. Specifically, the intervention is expected to help: a) the institutional set-up of NRW units; b) develop a NRW Reduction Plan covering both technical and commercial aspects; c) produce a market scoping assessment that will assist in gaining a better understanding of private sector interests in providing financing in water and wastewater treatment solutions; and d) organize workshops to disseminate the findings of the NRW Plans and designs for NRW Performance Based Contracts.

The funding from PPIAF is a welcome financial and technical contribution to support water conservation and demand management measures with the private sector working closely together with the public sector to close the water gap by 2030.

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Recent Peru key steering committee meetings and working group meetings

Key meetings – 2030 Water Resources Group in Peru
November 2016 – March 2017

  • January 26, 2017
    Steering Committee Meeting – participation of 18 members of Board including Ministers of Environment, Minister of Social Inclusion, Vice minister of Sanitation, Director of Peruvian National Water Agency (ANA), President of SUNASS and Presidential Sherpa on the UN High Panel of Water . Agreements to create 6 new working groups on: Promotion of Private sector participation on Water, promotion of underground water regulations and tariffs, recognition of water responsible companies, water governance and social dialogue, public politics and water stress and climate change. Six members of the board were selected to chair working groups.

    Participants: 25 including 2030 WRG staff and facilitators

  • February 16, 2017
    Launching of Working Group No. 3- Promotion and recognition of water responsible companies- committee led by Director of Peruvian National Water Authority – Agreements: update of the Blue Certificate promoted by ANA to recognize water responsible firms- more companies to be invited to joint this initiative and an event to formally award companies with Blue Certificate taking place in April 2017

    Participants: 15

  • March 1, 2017
    Launching of Working Group No 2 for the regulation and monitoring of underground tariffs. Commitee led by Fernando Momiy, President of SUNASS- Presentations included a keynote speaker – Mr. Gonzalo Delacamara and the presentation of a research document on the importance to set up underground tariffs to industrial users.

    Participants: 35

  • March 10, 2017
    Launching of Working Group No. 4 for policy dialogue on Water Governance in Peru led by the Minister of the Environment, Mrs. Elsa Galarza. Presentations on our road map to promote the OECD Water Governance Initiative – Agreements to have presentations from mining and industrial sector on the difficulties and bureaucratic steps that hinder dialogue and promotion on water investments on their surrounding communities.

    Participants: 30

  • March 14, 2017
    Launching of Working Group No. 5 – Public policies on Water led by Ms. Midori de Habich, Researcher from the renowned Peruvian think tank, IEP – Presentations of the role of ANA and how to promote and support current public policies to address the importance of water resources management. Agreements: to discuss a new proposal for a more strategic role of ANA

    Participants: 15

New Program Manager SWPN appointed

Nick Tandi Siwi PhotoThe SWPN has appointed Nick Tandi as the new Program Manager. He assumed his duties as of March 1st, 2017. The SWPN is a multi-stakeholder platform, brokered by the 2030 WRG, chaired by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), and co-chaired by South African Breweries (SAB) on behalf of business.

Before joining the SWPN, Nick was Program Manager at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) where he co-led its work on mobilizing finance for water infrastructure in Africa. Nick was previously associated with the SWPN from 2013 – 2014 when he helped initiate many of the current working group projects. He also brings experience from the United Nations Development Programme and a SADC program called WaterNet, where he managed partnerships and their associated projects in different parts of the developing world.

Nick has an educational background in natural sciences (BSc with honors in Soil Science), social sciences (MSc Social Ecology) and more recently in development finance (post-graduate course).

Contact details: nick.tandi@thenbf.co.za

2030 WRG organizes the first meetings of the São Paulo Working Groups

On March 20, 2017, the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) organized the first meetings of the São Paulo Working Groups, which focused on (1) Water Demand Management, Reuse and Recycling; and (2) Sustainable Financing of Water Infrastructure.

The Metropolitan Region of São Paulo (MRSP) — the seventh most populous urban area in the world – includes the city of São Paulo and 38 other municipalities, where more than 20 million people live and generate between 20 to 30% of the Brazilian GDP. São Paulo was affected by an unprecedented drought during 2014 and 2015, one of the greatest water crisis in Latin America. The government of São Paulo and Sabesp (the publicly traded water and waste management company owned by São Paulo state) have invested heavily in wastewater treatment in recent years, and implemented innovative programs, but the persistent drought during 2014-2015 exposed São Paulo to a critical situation with severe economic and social impacts.

Given this background, the 2030 WRG was invited to support the development of multi-stakeholder platforms in São Paulo that can propose solutions to the local water challenges. In May 2016, 2030 WRG and World Bank staff, accompanied by a senior Brazilian consultant, traveled to São Paulo and met with stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society to determine if there was demand for a 2030WRG engagement. The meetings received positive feedback, helped identify the main challenges and opportunities of the water sector locally, and indicated that the 2030WRG approach (Analyze – Convene – Transform) could be most suitable.

An Introductory Workshop was then organized in November 2016 to discuss the main themes that had emerged from the May interviews. During the Workshop, representatives from the state government of São Paulo, private sector leaders, civil society and academia explored the challenges and opportunities in water resources management in São Paulo. The Government of the State of São Paulo was represented by the State Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources and President of the World Water Council, Dr. Benedito Braga, and the Deputy Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources, Dr. Monica Porto.

The workshop was hosted by Dow Chemical Company at its auditorium in São Paulo and was attended by approximately 40 senior delegates. The conclusions of the scoping mission held in May 2016 were presented during the workshop and 3 potential areas of work were discussed: (1) Water demand management, including water reuse and recycling; (2) Sustainable financing of water infrastructure (3) Economic/insurance support for water security, to manage risks. The first two working groups had strong participation and it was noted that they could quickly be operational as Thematic Groups in São Paulo State.

The Working Groups met recently, on March 20, 2017, focusing on (1) Water Demand Management, Reuse and Recycling; and (2) Sustainable Financing of Water Infrastructure. The day started with welcome remarks from Monica Porto, Deputy Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources for the State of São Paulo, who reiterated the Secretariat’s strong support to the work proposed by the 2030 WRG and also confirmed the importance of the proposed themes to São Paulo. Each Working Group engaged very quickly in the analysis of the themes, identified opportunities for studies and projects, and was able to develop an action plan for the next few months.

These meetings were held at the Law School of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), supported by their Infrastructure and Economic Solutions Working Group. A total of 46 participants from the state government, the private sector, industry associations, academia and civil society joined these discussions.


For more information and to participate, contact Julia Cadaval Martins (jcadavalmartins@ifc.org) or Alastair Morrison (amorrison2@ifc.org).