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Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s polluted surface water and falling groundwater levels are placing significant stress on the country’s industries. By 2030, Bangladesh will need 21 percent more water than its available supply during the dry season.

Working with Industry to Reduce Water Stress in Bangladesh

The 2030 WRG is supporting the government of Bangladesh’s review and revision of its incentives framework to increase industries’ water efficiency and wastewater treatment. The work is expected to result in a thorough understanding of current incentives and how they compare with international benchmarks. Experts in the private sector and civil society will also provide policymakers with recommendations for improvements. The goal of this initiative is to increase private sector investment in water-saving and wastewater treatment technology and practices.

Professor Umme Kulsum Navera from the Water Resources Engineering Faculty of the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) said: “2030 WRG’s Bangladesh MSP for Water is an excellent initiative that demonstrates how different sectoral institutions can cooperate, build synergy and consensus on much needed collaborative and coordinated action to implement and ensure water security in Bangladesh.”

The 2030 WRG is also supporting the work of the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority. The program is expected to formulate a strategy for wastewater treatment and reuse within the economic zones, and develop innovative funding mechanisms with private sector participation. As Bangladesh continues to rapidly industrialize, it needs to learn from the mistakes of past unplanned industrial growth. For example, well-functioning facilities for environmental compliance, such as central effluent treatment plants, are needed for sustainable growth and better access to export markets. In addition, foreign investors look for “green zones” as attractive investment destinations.

Paban Chowdhury, Executive Chairperson of the Bangladesh Economic Zones AuthorityPaban Chowdhury, Executive Chairperson of the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority, expressed his appreciation for the 2030 WRG’s timely support: “Clean economic zones will play a vital role in Bangladesh’s attainment of the SDGs and aspirations for climate resilient industrial and economic development. The success of these economic zones is very much dependent on the appropriate strategy for industrial water and wastewater management. Therefore, I very much welcome the clean economic zones initiative by the 2030 WRG to partner and work closely with the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority.”

Paban Chowdhury,
Executive Chairperson of the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority

Professor Umme Kulsum Navera“2030 WRG’s Bangladesh MSP for Water is an excellent initiative that demonstrates how different sectoral institutions can cooperate, build synergy and consensus on much needed collaborative and coordinated action to implement and ensure water security in Bangladesh.”

Professor Umme Kulsum Navera,
Water Resources Engineering Faculty of the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET)

Bangladesh

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