Strategic Priorities

While each country or state is different, there are many commonalities across the 2030 WRG Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs). For 2019 and beyond, there is power in bringing lessons learned and sharing innovative approaches across the 2030 WRG MSPs. The 2030 WRG plans to focus on three key areas where governments, private sector, civil society, and others can come together to drive action to reduce global water demand and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals:

Transforming Value Chains

With approximately 80% of water withdrawals accruing from agriculture, most of the MSPs in the 2030 WRG countries include an agri-water workstream. The 2030 WRG brings depth of expertise in improving water-use efficiency and, by implication, other resource efficiencies within an enterprise or value chain – particularly energy. The 2030 WRG has a strong focus on developing public-private partnerships (PPPs) to enhance the productive use of agri-water, reduce run-off pollution, and increase farm productivity and income. The 2030 WRG approaches include a combination of water efficiency solutions, infrastructure development, local water governance, good agricultural and sustainability practices, and market linkages, supported by an enabling policy and regulatory environment. The 2030 WRG is helping to advance the use of drip irrigation and similar approaches, as well as to build out financing schemes that support innovations and bankable projects. This is an area where the 2030 WRG will bring together its efforts across countries and states to provide leadership in addressing water and food security. 

Promoting Circular Economies Through Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

With a focus on cross-sectoral water issues and private sector participation for effective water resources management, a key area that cuts across various 2030 WRG country and state programs is wastewater treatment and reuse, aimed at advancing circular economy solutions. The 2030 WRG focuses on identifying PPP opportunities, enhancing government spending capabilities (e.g. through green bonds, blended finance, etc.), bringing in best-practice technological solutions and financing models, and implementing demand-side efficiency measures to support the reduction of freshwater use, the mitigation of the impacts of untreated wastewater, and the recovery and production of energy. The 2030 WRG is fostering collaborative action across sectors in several countries on the reuse of treated wastewater particularly by overcoming legal, regulatory, and institutional barriers. As a tied focus, the 2030 WRG works with governments, the private sector, and civil society to develop tariff structures, incorporating key aspects such as polluter pays principles and incentivizing a shift toward greater reuse. This is closely tied with advancing the concept of valuing water. Overall, this thematic area is thus a space where the 2030 WRG provides thought leadership for the promotion of new approaches as we move toward a more circular economy.

Water Security and Resilience Planning

The 2030 WRG is also focusing on helping countries develop water security and resilience planning capabilities through different approaches and methodologies, including the development of hydro-economic analyses and multi-criteria investment prioritization systems oriented at pursuing water security and resilience; supporting reforms in water allocation regimes to provide greater water security and legal certainty under greater variability and uncertainty; integrating nature-based solutions in water resources management to support climate change adaptation processes; and supporting the private sector in its efforts to develop more robust water risk and water stewardship practices. This is an area where the 2030 WRG being hosted by the World Bank Water Global Practice also can bring significant advancements through the depth and reach of World Bank initiatives on water security and resilience.

The road ahead toward 2030 will require much more collaboration across stakeholders to reduce conflicts, promote social and environmental well-being, and ultimately make sustainable water management the underpinning of healthy economies. Through these strategic priorities, the 2030 WRG aims to bring in more partners, expand to more countries, and help drive toward on-the-ground change.