2030 WRG FY20 Annual Report

Valuing Water, Enabling Change

 

Water is a critical linchpin for the climate, environment, and resilience agendas. It is vital to protecting and replenishing natural, human, and economic capital. Today, our work is more important than ever as water is central to preventing and combating COVID-19. While there is awareness of the urgency of water sector challenges, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report consistently lists water among its top five risks. We must accelerate action to transform global water security.

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This version is a final draft for the members of the 2030 WRG Governing Council and Steering Board.

23 November 2020 Session: Achieving Duality of Water Savings and Food Security by Transforming Value Chains

Webinar on Digital Technology Applications for Agricultural Water Productivity Improvements

PRESS RELEASE Global Coalition unites to tackle the urban water crisis and address climate change through public-private collaboration  

FOR RELEASE: 10/27/2020 7 AM EST 

Companies, policymakers, cities and citizens will develop and scale innovations that reinvent water consumption in the home and drive system-level transformation 

GENEVA, Oct. 27, 2020 — Launched today, the 50L Home Coalition (Coalition) is a global action-oriented platform addressing two of the world’s most pressing challenges: water security and climate change. This global collaboration aims to re-invent the future of water and change the narrative on domestic water consumption by making a water-efficient lifestyle – 50 Liters (L) of daily water use per person – an irresistible aspiration for all.  

The world is in the midst of an urban water crisis, and the pressures on our limited resources are only acceleratingSeventy percent of the world’s 20 megacities are already experiencing water scarcity or drought conditions, disrupting business, threatening health and exacerbating inequalities. The average home in the developed world is highly inefficient, and average per capita household water use is as high as 500L per day. Because an estimated 16% of total energy use in the home is related to water, this disproportionate domestic water consumption is also contributing to climate change.  

The Coalition will advance policies, technologies and cross-industry collaboration to drive responsible water consumption in residential households and commercial buildings as a strategic lever to transform urban water management. Convened by the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and World Economic Forumthe Coalition is led by a pioneering leadership group of private sector, public sector and civil society representatives, including Arcadis, Electrolux, Engie, Kohler, Procter & Gamble and Suez. Under the direction of the Board, Braulio Eduardo Morera will lead the 50L Home Coalition as director, starting December 15. 

The Coalition will collaborate across four key pillars to accelerate progress towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6 (clean water and sanitation), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 13 (climate action) 

  • InnovationDeveloping solutions to address water efficiency in homes and within the wider urban water system. 
  • Education: Reshaping peoples relationship with water, helping to inspire daily behavioral lifestyle changes 
  • Implementation: Launching pilot projects in water-stressed cities that mobilize local stakeholders and financing.  
  • Policy and regulation: Advancing policy, regulatory and industry frameworks to transform household water use. 

In facilitating collaboration across these four pillars, the Coalition aims to make responsible household water consumption a key aspect of cities climate, water security and resiliency strategies.  

 “Our brands reach five billion people around the world, and with this scale comes a responsibility to continue innovating our products to help save energy, water and natural resources,” said Shailesh G. Jejurikar, Chief Executive Officer, Fabric and Home Care, Procter & Gamble and Co-Chair of the Coalition. “We need unprecedented collaboration between businesses, government and civil society to make 50 liters of daily water use per person a reality.”  

Through the 50L Home Coalition, we will leverage our global presence, our water chemistry expertise and our innovation in water and energy-efficient products to accelerate positive change,” said Virginie Helias, Chief Sustainability Officer, Procter & Gamble. We need to partner with the entire water value chain through public and private collaboration, and we need cities and citizens to engage. Together, we can bring to life this ambitious and inspiring vision, re-imagining how people live in their homes so that we can collectively protect our common Home.”  

“The 50L Home Coalition is a terrific way to engage and educate consumers to be better water stewards in their home and for the planet,” said David Kohler, President and CEO of Kohler Co. “This opportunity pushes us even further to innovate and deliver the next generation of water-efficient products and solutions that offer transformative value to our customers and partners. We’re excited to contribute and be in the company of several other forward-thinking organizations poised to create positive change.” 

“There is still time to stop our cities from running out of water, but we must act together to do so,” said Peter Oosterveer, Global Chief Executive, Arcadis. “If we can reduce each person’s water use to around 50 liters per day, we can help preserve this resource for future generations and make a positive contribution to the fight against climate change. This is why Arcadis has joined the 50L Coalition and why we’re taking action to help ensure everyone has access to clean water.”  

“Water issues moved from being difficult to solve to being complex. Water, health, food, climate, energy, agriculture issues are all interconnected, and cannot be addressed in silo,” said Annelise Avril, SUEZ Senior VP Innovation, Digital Transformation & Research. “No single stakeholder has the whole answer. SUEZ joins the 50L Home Coalition because we are convinced we need to join forces, combine our skills and expertise to come up with adequate solutions.”  

“2030 WRG brings a multi-stakeholder model of collaboration that drives change through collective action on the ground,” said Karin Krchnak, 2030 WRG Program Manager. “We are excited to join the 50L Home Coalition to transform how water is used and valued by all, particularly at the urban level, as cities face increasing risks of water insecurity, shared by governments, the private sector and civil society.” 

“The pandemic of 2020 has brought to light the importance of water as a front-line public health defence. In the home, we need water to cook, clean, hydrate and for hygiene,” said Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development. “Business is already providing solutions that reduce and remove the need for water used in the home. But we can do so much more. Through the 50L Home Coalition, we want to accelerate and scale the deployment of practical solutions for sustainability that reach the household and trigger systemic change.” 

“As cities worldwide face increasing pressure to meet the needs for competing water resource demands, re-inventing our urban water systems to be more resilient and resource-efficient becomes critically important,” said Dominic Waughray, Managing Director, World Economic Forum. “Achieving systemic change can best be achieved through multi-stakeholder coalitions and fostering cooperation and innovation across a diverse group of leaders – the 50L Home Coalition is an exciting global action platform that will turn this vision into reality.”  

The 50L Home Coalition offers an opportunity to accelerate innovations to enable communities’ appropriate and responsible use of water resources,” said Braulio Eduardo Morera, Director, 50L Home Coalition. “I am excited about the prospect of leveraging the capabilities of the private sector, public sector and civil society. Together we will build strong collaborations with policymakers, national and local leaders and innovators to help cities adapt to climate change and avoid acute water crises.” 

Reinventing water consumption in the home is not something one company or organization can do alone. The Coalition invites visionary leaders from companies, cities or civil society that are committed to solving the urban water crisis and addressing climate change to join the Coalition. To learn more about the Coalition’s projects, members or upcoming events, visit 50lhome.org. 

 

CONTACT 

Rachel Stand 

Hill + Knowlton Strategies  

Rachel.Stand@hkstrategies.com  

(516) 761– 5892 

2030 WRG Maharashtra Webinar Series on Wastewater Reuse in Agriculture in India

A 3-part Webinar Series on Reimagining Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Agriculture in India: Technology, Finance, and Governance Perspectives

Background

With depleting freshwater sources and ballooning population, prioritizing water treatment is essential for India to build a circular economy. Several peri-urban areas that predominantly have agrarian landscapes are rapidly being converted into urban settlements with major changes in land use land cover pattern. The pace of this rapid urbanization surpasses the pace of infrastructure development, leading to a lack of basic amenities in peri-urban areas. Management of water resources and solid waste in these areas is highly challenging. Hence, there is a need for a review of harmonization on quality standards, criteria for discharge of water in the natural ecosystem, and integrating reuse and recycle of Treated Wastewater (TWW) to build a circular economy.

Currently, only around 30% to 40% of wastewater in India gets treated, with a few examples of this treated wastewater being reused. There is a need to mainstream the reuse of TWW in agriculture through various approaches and technologies as they provide enormous opportunities to build climate resilience; enhance circular economy of resources; improve ecosystems, public health, and water availability for farmers; as well as preserve livelihoods.

A virtual 3-part Webinar Series is being convened by 2030 WRG in collaboration with the Israel Economic and Trade Mission, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), India-EU Water Partnership (IEWP), and the Government of Maharashtra.

This Webinar Series will focus on the following dimensions of reuse of TWW in agriculture:

  • Webinar 1: Reuse and Applications of Treated Wastewater in Agriculture:
    Mapping the India Story and Insights from Israel (October 27, 2020)

    • See the session presentation here and the video recording here.
    • Detailed program below
  • Webinar 2: Wastewater Treatment Systems and Technologies: Fit for Purpose – Fit for India
    • When it’s time, click HERE to join the meeting (link to follow)
  • Webinar 3: Financing and Governance Frameworks to Mainstream Reuse of TWW
    • When it’s time, click HERE to join the meeting (link to follow)

 

Detailed Program: Webinar 1

 

Welcome and Setting the Context

  • Kavita SachwaniState Program Coordinator, 2030 WRG, Maharashtra
  • Sagi ItcherHead of Economic and Trade Mission, Consulate General of Israel


Insights from Israel: Innovations and partnerships for Wastewater Reuse in Agriculture

  • Oded Distel, Chief Executive Officer at Tal-Ya Agriculture Solutions, Israel


WBCSD Perspectives on Wastewater and Resource Circularity

  • Tom Williams, Director-Water, World Business Council on Sustainable Development


Insights into the National Wastewater Reuse Policy

  • Jeremy Bird, Senior Water Policy Expert, India-EU Water Partnership / GIZ


Panel Discussion 1: Reuse of Treated Wastewater in Agriculture – Current Status and Implementation challenges

Moderator: Dr. Mahesh Patankar, Senior Advisor, 2030 WRG

  • Shilp VermaResearcher, International Water Management Institute
  • Vishwanath S, Director, Biome Environmental Solutions Ltd.


Panel Discussion 2: Building Climate Resilience through Wastewater Reuse – Live case study from Marathwada

Facilitated byDr. Anjali ParasnisTechnical Consultant, 2030 WRG; and Kavita SachwaniState Program Coordinator, 2030 WRG, Maharashtra

  • Eknath Dawale, IASSecretary, Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra (TBC)
  • Astik Pandey, IASCommissioner, Aurangabad Municipal Corporation, Government of Maharashtra
  • Anil Hadgaonkar, SDAO, Project on Climate Resilient Agriculture, Aurangabad
  • Farmer(s) / WUA of Zalta Gram Panchayat, Aurangabad


Closing Remarks

  • K P Bakshi, IAS (Retd.),  Former Chairman, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority

 

For more information, please write to us at 2030wrg_mh@worldbank.org

Webinar series | Strengthening Water Governance in Peru

Continuing the collaboration with the Ministry of Environment under the framework of the “Dialogue on Water Governance with the OECD” process, 2030 WRG and the World Bank Water Global Practice are supporting the organization of a series of virtual sessions focused on strengthening local capacities around water security, governance, economic instruments for water risk management, and regulatory framework.

Participants are public officers from the institutions that are part of the Multisectoral Commission set by the Peruvian Government to lead the process: the Presidency of Council of Ministries; Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation; National Water Authority (ANA); Ministry of Health; Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation; Ministry of Energy and Mining; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Environment; Technical Agency for the Administration of Sanitation Services (OTASS); Water Supply and Sanitation Regulator (SUNASS); and Ministry of Production.

This webinar series is part of the activities being undertaken in preparation for the Policy Seminar with the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This in turn is part of the ongoing “Dialogue on Water Governance” process that is jointly implemented between the Government of Peru and the OECD, and has started in January 2019. A preliminary version of the OECD’s assessment and recommendations on water governance in the country will be shared and discussed during this seminar.

Webinar | Strategic Partnerships for a Common Water Agenda in the Americas: Experience from Brazil

September 25, 2020 – Organized by the Organization of American States, this webinar gathered water specialists from diverse organizations in Brazil to mitigate potential climate change impacts on water resources and address water-related risks. The virtual meeting aimed at sharing experiences, lessons learned, and good practices from Brazil to better respond to recurring water crises across the Americas using a collaborative approach. Brazil shared its experience in facing droughts while 2030 WRG – drawing from the case of the partnership’s own program and current initiatives in São Paulo – shared its global experience in establishing multi-stakeholder platforms to advance the implementation of coordinated actions for water security.

Participants included representatives and national experts from sectors that are repeatedly affected by droughts and floods in Brazil and elsewhere in the Americas, members of the hydrometeorological community, and decision-makers.

50L Home Coalition: Next-Generation Urban Water Management

Integrated solutions that deliver 50L per day, per person
in-home water consumption in urban residential living.

Water has been a top five risk on the World Economic Forum Development Report for nine consecutive years. This speaks to the insufficiency of our collective efforts to-date to address this risk. We understand the impacts and dependencies of water on other key risks. For example, the failure of urban planning and critical infrastructure failure, and many other risk factors that are relevant for today’s discussions around water security.

Water risk manifests at a local level. And what we see is that more and more cities are impacted by water stress. Three quarters of the world’s largest 20 cities are experiencing water scarcity. This impacts food and energy security and ultimately causes hardship for people. In cities across the world from LA to São Paolo, from Cairo to Chennai, we are seeing city officials needing to respond. The water stress that Cape Town experienced in 2018 was a day-zero scenario where the threat of running out of water catalyzed much stakeholder action.

And as is often the case, crisis compels action, but can also lay the foundations for a more resilient future. At the height of the drought in Cape Town, citizens were limited to 50 liters per person per day. When one compares this to global averages, this is up to 10 times less than some cities in the US, for example. What Cape Town taught us was that 50 liters per person per day is sufficient. The need for concerted action between business, cities, and civil society to accelerate action towards water security, is where the 50 Liter Home Coalition works with multiple stakeholders to build a global movement that catalyzes action on the ground.

To learn more, please see below the materials from the virtual events organized by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, fellow Coalition member:

50L P&G Infographic

50L Home Coalition Logos

 

“Restarting Economies, Building Resilience”: 2030 WRG Affiliate Session at World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020

2030 WRG participated in the Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit with an affiliate session that, in light of COVID-19, stressed the need to raise water as a top priority of stakeholders and further busting of silos. The session gathered over 150 people and shared how MSPs mobilize action and lead to results with country examples focused around reforms generated through MSPs in transforming value chains and building resilience. 

Please see the link to the recording
See also attached Mr Sandigawad’s remarks (translated into English). He spoke in Hindi during the event. Apologies the closed captioning did not work for everyone.

Speakers included (in order of appearance)

  • Mari Pangestu, Managing Director Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank
  • Tony Milikin, Chief Sustainability, Procurement, and Circular Ventures Officer, AB InBev
  • Vimal Shah, Chairman, Bidco Africa, Kenya
  • Mercedes Castro, CEO, Agualimpia, Peru
  • Andrew Tuimur, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Irrigation, Kenya
  • KV Raju, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of Uttar Pradesh State, India
  • Ajay Bathija, Managing Director, Coca Cola Bangladesh
  • Anil Jain, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Jain Irrigation, India
  • Ningappa Sandigawad, Progressive Farmer, Ramthal, India
  • Juergen Voegele, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Paul Bulcke, Chairman of the Board, Nestlé

The discussions focused on three key areas of joint action:

  1. making a strong, evidence-based case for water as a public health priority; for water as an environmental priority; and for water as an economic growth priority – and the need to break down the silos between these;
  2. the crucial importance of country ownership and locally-led, multi-stakeholder partnerships to drive policy and implementation on the ground that is inclusive, transparent and scalable;
  3. the importance of transforming value chains across different industry sectors, from agriculture to mining and manufacturing.

Sessions conclusions and next steps include:

  • Delving deeper and leveraging WBG investments for greater impact in the countries of 2030 WRG Multi-Stakeholder Platforms
  • Expanding 2030 WRG presence from national and state levels to the city level as well as gradually to new countries
  • Innovating faster and shaping the global agenda on value chain transformation, circular economy promotion and resilience, for systemic impact.

2030 WRG has already developed collective action models across 14 countries and states. Now, as part of the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, the program needs to scale, replicate, and expand its impact in the 10-year stretch to reach the 2030 SDGs.

We look forward to continuing the conversation with many of you and if you would like reach out to us about deeper involvement in 2030 WRG, please do get in touch.

2030 WRG at 2020 WWWeek At Home

World Water Week 2020 has been held online this year with virtual adaptations of all sessions. The theme for WWWeek At Home this year was ‘Accelerate Action on Climate Change’ and ran 24-28 August, 2020. Thanks to all of you who were able to join the sessions and engage with us on important topics. Please see below recordings of our Water Week sessions.

50L HOMES AND THE FUTURE OF URBAN WATER & ENERGY

This session was a call to action to the global water community to engage in the 50L Home Coalition, a multi-stakeholder collaboration launched later in 2020. The session introduces the rationale and objectives of the Coalition and identified key areas for collaboration that lead to water and energy efficiency in the home. Read more >>


Video 50L Home Webinar Recording WorldWaterWeek 2020

BUILDING RESILIENCE AT ALL LEVELS – FROM LOCAL TO NATIONAL

With a largely urbanized population, Brazil faces unresolved historical social and infrastructure deficits, resulting in precarious urbanization territories. Especially in big cities, old challenges, as insufficient fresh water reserves, incomplete water distribution and sewage treatment, pollution of water sources, are aggravated by climate change, demanding new policies towards water security. Read more >>

NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS TO ADDRESS WATER SCARCITY DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

The session focused the dialogue around the central role that NBS plays to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), highlighting the social, economic and environmental co-benefits. Participants discussed the contributions of NBS to improve water security and create resilience in a future scenario of water scarcity. Read more >>

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER COOPERATION TO LEVERAGE THE SDG6 IN THE BUSINESS AGENDA

The session discussed the link between climate change and its impact on WASH. The session brought together representatives from various countries to discuss impacts of access to water and sanitation that they are facing due to climate change. Read more >>