Setting the Agenda for the Alliance for Thought Leadership and Action Synopsis of the HUF-2030 WRG Workshop in India
The United Nations defines India as a water-stressed region with a per capita availability of water of 1,545 cubic metres. The level of pollution is increasing in water bodies due to flow of untreated sewage and effluents. The agriculture sector, which consumes 80 percent of India’s water resources and accounts for 90 percent of the groundwater withdrawals, uses water inefficiently. All these challenges have wide-scale implications for the nation’s water security, further aggravated by climate change vagaries, burgeoning population, and industrialization.
In order to address these issues, a workshop was held on May 5, 2015 by the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) in partnership with Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF), titled “Alliance for Thought Leadership and Action for Agri-Water”. The workshop highlighted the importance of building an alliance aimed at leveraging the collective potential of diverse actors such as the private sector, multilateral and bilateral donors, government agencies, and civil society organisations to achieve sustainable water resources management in the country.
The report integrates the insights and feedback that panelists and participants expressed
during the workshop, and provides an overview of key issues in agricultural water
management for further inquiry and action.