Vietnam: Hydro-Economic Framework for Assessing Water Sector Challenges

Hydro-Economic Framework for Assessing Water Sector ChallengesVietnam is experiencing increasing variability in water availability across regions and seasons. Mitigating the impacts of such changes requires a thorough assessment of the water challenges and the design of multi-stakeholder solutions, grounded in sound analytics.

This analysis provides a high-level assessment of Vietnam’s water sector, aimed at assessing the water demand-supply gap, mapping ongoing stakeholder initiatives, and identifying key private sector-driven solutions for priority areas. This report aims to deepen the dialogue on collective action within the country. It has been developed through extensive stakeholder interviews and has been guided by a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. We hope this document triggers an active dialogue between the stakeholders leading to concrete action on water security solutions in Vietnam.

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2030 WRG activities at Stockholm World Water Week 2017

This year’s Stockholm World Water Week will be held from August 27, 2017 until September 1st, 2017.

Please join our activities, visit the booth and meet our delegation in Sweden at the upcoming Stockholm World Water Week 2017. See our events overview below.

UPCOMING EVENTS | World Water Week 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden

Sunday, 27 August
2030 WRG Country Initiatives: Blending Partnerships and Finance for Water Security
14:00-15:30 | Venue: FH Cabaret

Wednesday, 30 August
Water stewardship: Different ways but same objectives?
11:00-12:30 | Venue: NL 357

Thursday, August 31
Financing Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery
09:00-15:30 | Venue: NL Music Hall

Thursday, 31 August
Private Finance and Equitable Delivery of WASH Services
11:00-12:30 | Venue: FH 300


Please visit us at booth #9 at the expo: come find some interesting reports and meet some of our staff from all over the world.


2030 WRG Delegation in Stockholm this year

    – Anders Berntell (Executive Director)
    – Alida Pham (Global Comms Lead)
    – Julia Cadaval Martins (Project Coordinator)
    – Dianelva Montas (Program Assistant)
    – Michel Leushuis (Senior Financial Expert)
  • ASIA
    – Bastiaan Mohrmann (Regional Co-Head Asia)
    – Christoph Jakob (Regional Co-Head Asia)
    – Rochi Khemka (Regional Coordinator)
    – Aparna Arora (Communications Officer, Asia)
    – Tanzeem Qayyum (Bangladesh Rep)
    – Paban Chowdhury (Chairman, BEZA)
    – Bulgan Tumendemberel (Director General of the Green Development Policy and Planning Department, Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia)
    – Odbayar Bazargochoo (Consultant at 2030 WRG)
  • LAC
    – Cesar Fonseca (acting Regional Head LAC)
    – Mercedes Castro (Chair, Peru 2030 WRG Partnership and Sherpa to the UN/World Bank High-Level Panel on Water)
    – Joy Busolo (Kenya Country Rep)
    – Teshome Beyene Berhe (Ethiopia Country Rep)


For questions about our representation in Stockholm at the World Water Week please contact Alida Pham (

MOU signed with Ministry of Water Resources in India

Maharashtra National water accounting MSP meeting

National water accounting multi-stakeholder meeting chaired by Dr Amarjit Singh, Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

On August 14, 2017, 2030 WRG signed an MOU with the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MOWR), Government of India, to collaborate on sustainable water resources management.

The MOU builds upon 2030 WRG’s catalytic support for participatory project preparation on the first pilot wastewater treatment PPP for Mathura-Vrindavan under the national Clean Ganga initiative. That project has been taken forward through a formal mandate for the IFC PPP transaction advisory team, along with PPPs in two other cities of Haridwar and Varanasi, contributing to the speedily implementation of landmark innovative solutions for Ganga rejuvenation through World Bank Group collaboration.

A second area of ongoing collaboration between 2030 WRG and MOWR is the development of a blueprint for water accounting in India, in collaboration with India-EU Water Partnership (IEWP). Under this initiative, two thematic tracks have been operationalized, namely:

  • Water efficiency, through remote sensing-based water accounting techniques, in partnership with IHE-Delft and International Water Management Institute (IWMI);
  • Ganga water quality, in tandem with National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and GIZ, supporting capacity building, and the establishment of the data architecture and dashboards for decision-making linked to urban and industrial wastewater.

A third task force on blended finance models for water security solutions is under development with OECD and IEWP, targeting an assessment of current utilization of public sector funds for water resources management and identifying opportunities for crowding in private sector funding.

In addition to the above areas of support, the MOU aims at strengthening water governance and catalyzing large-scale programmatic initiatives through multi-stakeholder approaches.

Press coverage: Government of Maharashtra Partners with 2030WRG to Launch the State’s First ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ for Transformative Solutions in Water Resources Management

Below is a list of online articles that covered the launch of Maharashtra’s ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ for Transformative Solutions in Water Resources Management:



Government of Maharashtra Partners with 2030WRG to Launch the State’s First ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ for Transformative Solutions in Water Resources Management

Mumbai, Wednesday, August 7, 2017: The Government of Maharashtra (GOM) and 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), in a pioneering move launched the Maharashtra Water Resources ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ (Maharashtra Water – MSP) in Mumbai today, to address critical water resources challenges in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Water – MSP, chaired by the Chief Secretary GOM, Sumit Mullick, brings together key decision makers from the public sector, private sector and civil society to forge partnerships for sustainable and scalable solutions, empowered by 2030 WRG’s hydro-economic analysis.

Emphasising the importance of a multi-stakeholder partnership approach, Mullick stated that, “government can only solve the serious water problem with the active and enthusiastic participation of the private sector and civil society. We have an opportunity to work together, to ensure there is enough water for our farmers to grow their crops, for our industries to provide employment and for the rivers to continue flowing. If Maharashtra is to keep growing while maintaining social equity and environmental sustainability, we need to not only balance competing needs but also significantly improve the efficiency of our water use.”

Studies show that Maharashtra faces a high risk to climate change with longer dry spells, more frequent droughts and high-intensity rainfall. Already, farmers in rain-fed areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha are hard hit by recurrent droughts. However, a recent 2030 WRG’s hydro-economic analysis shows that Maharashtra can achieve 6% agricultural growth in rain-fed areas by shifting to higher value crops, and through better and more efficient water use and management.

Bastiaan Mohrmann, Co-Lead, Asia, 2030 WRG, revealed that under the leadership of the Department of Agriculture (GOM), 2030 WRG has convened key private sector and civil society representatives. The Maharashtra Water – MSP will be working together to develop a comprehensive program that improves the livelihoods of and strengthens the resilience of marginal and smallholder farmers in Maharashtra.

Mohrmann said, “We are developing a project proposal for USD 270 million in funding from the Green Climate Fund, a body which aims to scale up climate change adaptation in rain-fed agricultural areas to implemented across Marathwada and Vidarbha, and aligned with the World Bank-funded Project on Climate Resilient Agriculture (PoCRA), resulting in nearly USD 1 billion worth of investments towards drought-proofing Maharashtra rain-fed agriculture.”

Agriculture uses 80% of the freshwater in the state. Bijay Kumar (IAS), Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture, GOM, iterated the importance of devising strategies to grow agriculture while conserving water as much as possible. “We need to ensure farmers have access to water and that they use it efficiently. This requires models for best practice and technology acceleration, finance facilitation and collaborative approaches for implementation”.

The Maharashtra Water Resources Department is the nodal agency that convenes the MSP. As the Principle Secretary for Water Resources, I.S. Chahal (IAS) said, “The Government’s goal is to ensure that at least 1.2 of the 1.5 million hectares under sugar cultivation in the state uses drip irrigation technology by 2019. This saves up to 40% of the water while increasing productivity. However, so far, only 2.5 lakh hectares are covered and if we are to meet our goals we have to involve all relevant stakeholders including farmers, sugar mills, banks and government departments. The MSP can certainly be instrumental in accelerating such collaboration”.

The MSP can also tackle other sectoral issues in the future such as water use efficiency and treatment in the urban and industrial sectors. For example, elsewhere in India, MSPs with the help of 2030 WRG have been instrumental in setting up processes for the reuse of treated wastewater by industry, saving scarce freshwater for other uses. In other countries, MSPs have supported models for wastewater treatment to reduce the pollution of waterways and rivers.

Water is increasingly becoming a scarce commodity in Maharashtra, with about half the state facing a deficit of water supply. Multi-stakeholder partnerships such as the one launched today in Maharashtra support much-needed synergies to pool together the leadership, capacities, and resources of different stakeholders towards the common goal of water security and economic growth.

About 2030 Water Resources Group:
The 2030 Water Resources Group is a unique public-private-civil society collaboration. It 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 was launched in 2008 at the World Economic Forum and has been hosted by International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, since 2012.