Bangladesh

Water Challenges

Located downstream of three large basins, namely the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, and the Meghna, Bangladesh faces immense challenges in the water sector due to population increase, land use changes, surface water pollution, upstream withdrawal of water, economic development, and climate change. In a business-as-usual scenario, the demand for water will exceed available groundwater resources – the main source of water supply – by 40% in the dry seasons.

Sectors

The 2030 WRG Bangladesh program aims to catalyze transformative projects in the industrial, municipal, and agricultural sectors to reduce the demand-supply gap through demand-side efficiency measures. The program also aims to improve surface water quality through wastewater treatment as well as promote Integrated Water Resources Management to arrive at optimal solutions at the regional and national levels.

Results

The 2030 WRG signed an MoU with the Government of Bangladesh and other partners for the planning and implementation of the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100). The 2030 WRG has also launched a national Water Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP). Further, the Water Governance and Sustainability workstream successfully facilitated the drafting and gazetting of the Bangladesh Water Rules 2018. The workstream also successfully prioritized water valuation for immediate action of the government in collaboration with the private sector. As such, the government has approved an initiative to establish and pilot a new water valuation framework. The workstream likewise supported the government in approving an online Water Clearance System for Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) for expediting the approval of Water Clearance for public and private sector projects.

Our Role

The 2030 WRG is working with stakeholders through the BDP 2100 and the Water MSP, focusing on three workstreams: Water Governance, Greater Dhaka Watershed Restoration, and Agricultural Water.

Key Partners

Click here for a list of our key partners in Bangladesh.