First Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) industrial water management workshop in Nairobi

The Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) held its first ever industrial water management workshop on June 23, in Nairobi. Led by the chair of the alliance and the CEO of the Kenya Association of Manufacturer’s, the workshop brought together over 60 stakeholders from government, manufacturing industries, civil society and academic institutions to discuss different initiatives aimed at promoting best practices in industrial water management at the firm level. IFC’s Global Water Lead, Mohan Seneviratne was also presented to share learning experiences from similar initiatives in other countries.

Leading by example: Industry stakeholders visit Nairobi Bottlers to learn about industrial water management

Nairobi Bottlers Ltd./ Coca Cola Beverages Africa with the help of the Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA), invited industry stakeholders to visit its Embakasi plant in Nairobi, Kenya, to share its journey and successes in industrial water management.

The video below is a short report of the visit that took place at the beginning of May, 2017. Meet some of our stakeholders and learn more about some of the challenges they had to overcome.

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Who are our KIWA partners?

The Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) is a partnership between 23 private-public-civil society partners that collectively address water-related risks to industrial growth, initially in the Nairobi Sub-catchment. The partnership provides a platform to discuss and implement activities aimed at increasing sustainable access to water with a focus on ground water management, industrial water use efficiency and improved surface water quality management. KIWA has been established jointly by the International Water Stewardship Programme and the 2030 Water Resources Group.

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The 2030WRG becomes full member of the Consejo Consultivo del Agua in Mexico

During the CCAs General Assembly held on June 14th, the 2030WRG formally accepted the invitation to become full member of the CCA and also had the opportunity to present 3 new initiatives being discussed within CCAs thematic groups and to be implemented with the support of other CCAs members and the relevant government institutions. These initiatives are the Green Infrastructure Solutions in the Mexican Water Sector Initiative, the Integrated Wastewater Management Initiative, and the Water Security Risks Integration Initiative. The General Assembly also counted with the participation of the Secretary of State for Tourism, Mr Enrique de la Madrid; who explained the new government approach for sustainable tourism. After the CCAs General Assembly, the 2030WRG met with the CCAs President of the Water and the Environment Committee, Mr Eugenio Barrios (WWFs Water Director for Mexico) to discuss the design and implementation of the Green Infrastructure Solutions in the Mexican Water Sector Initiative.

Launch of Karnataka Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Water and first Steering Board Meeting

The Government of Karnataka (GoK) and 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) launched the Karnataka Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Water (MSP – Water), with the aim to collectively drive concrete and impactful programs, projects and policies for water sustainability through partnership-based approaches.

The launch meeting of the Karnataka MSP – Water, held in May 2017, was chaired by the Chief Secretary, GOK, and attended by key representatives including (select list only):

  • Government departmental heads (e.g. Principal Secretary, Water Resources; Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development; Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce);
  • Key private sector partners (e.g. Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Karnataka State Council; President, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI)); and
  • Civil society/ academia (e.g. Arghyam, Indian Institute of Science)

The meeting endorsed the ongoing agenda of 2030WRG’s engagement in the state, ratified the governance framework of the Agri Water Use Efficiency and Urban Water workstreams, and supported accelerated implementation of ongoing and new initiatives.

The Steering Board agreed to support the implementation of the ‘Drip Irrigation in Sugarcane Program’, in collaboration with sugar mills, financial institutions, the farming community and the government, starting with pilot projects covering ~20,000 hectares in the first phase for implementation in 2017.

In order to promote water-efficient cultivation practices along a Drip-to-Market Agro Corridor (DMAC), 2030WRG is supporting market linkages between the farming community and agri-business companies, with the aim of accelerating Public-Private-Community Partnerships (PPCP) in up to 500,000 hectares of drip-irrigated areas, starting with Ramthal. The Steering Board approved the establishment of a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to be governed by a multi-stakeholder body for this program.

In view of the finalization of the work around reuse of treated urban wastewater through a policy framework and the establishment of a Resource Centre, the Steering Board requested for an accelerated submission of the wastewater reuse policy to cabinet. The overall goal of this policy is to establish an enabling environment for the reuse of municipal wastewater to maximize efficient resource use, address water scarcity, and enhance economic output.

The Resource Center, established to fast-track wastewater reuse projects, will be operationalized by the Urban Water workstream by July 2017 through a Government Order, with appropriate multi-stakeholder governance.