The 2030 WRG Bangladesh Program kick-started its activities in 2014-2015 with the three key publications:
“Water Governance in Bangladesh – Challenges and Opportunities Around Policy, Institutional Function and Implementation for a Sustainable Water Future” (March 2015)
“Consolidation and Analysis of Information on Water Resources Management in Bangladesh” (May 2015)
“An analysis of industrial water use in Bangladesh with a focus on the textile and leather industries” (May 2015)
Subsequent stakeholder consultations led to the formation of the Bangladesh Water Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) with a quasi-legal status when it was approved by the Prime Minister and was officially gazetted in December 2015. Resolutions of the MSP Steering Board thereafter held considerable weight and influence in driving the water agenda in Bangladesh.
The 2030 WRG’s pre-transaction advisory work,including advocacy for private sector participation facilitated by the MSP, continues to play a key role in catalyzing a paradigm shift in the public sector’s traditional approach to solving the water challenges of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has welcomed the support of the 2030 WRG to develop a collective approach to the country’s water security issues.
The Water Governance and Sustainability workstream successfully facilitated the drafting and gazetting of the Bangladesh Water Rules 2018. Putting these Rules into practice will contribute significantly toward improving Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 targets. Also, the workstream successfully prioritized water valuation for immediate action of the government in collaboration with the private sector. The government has approved an initiative to establish and pilot a new water valuation framework. Further, the workstream supported the government in approving an online Water Clearance System for Water Resources Planning Organization for expediting the approval of Water Clearance for public and private sector projects.
The Greater Dhaka Watershed Restoration workstream’s implementation plan for Gazipur City Corporation’s Integrated Wastewater and Fecal Sludge Management project was approved by the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (chaired by the Minister of Finance) for public-private partnership (PPP) implementation. This will be the first public utility project of its kind in Bangladesh to be implemented on a PPP basis. Implementation of this project will help reduce considerably the flow of wastewater in the Gazipur Tongi Zone and the Greater Dhaka Watershed northern region, benefitting 20 million people.
The Industrial Water and Wastewater workstream, chaired by the Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office has launched an initiative on the formulation of Green Economic Zone Guidelines for the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority. The initiative was endorsed by the National Steering Board in October 2018. The new guidelines are to be implemented on a pilot basis for the Textile Economic Zone in Mirsharai, Chittagong.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Agricultural Water workstream, the Introducing Water Efficient Technologies project implemented by the Bangladesh Water Partnership (the local chapter of the Global Water Partnership) and funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation has completed its first year. By training 2,000 farmers on water saving irrigation technologies, this project is expected to reduce the demand for irrigation water by approximately 20 percent.
The Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP 2100) was approved by the Government of Bangladesh on 4 September 2018. It aims to identify and prioritize infrastructure investments, primarily related to water and aimed at ensuring the attainment of the SDGs. The 2030 WRG played a significant role in the BDP 2100 by supporting the drafting of its investment plan, which prioritizes investments in the water sector for the next 15 years.
The 2030 WRG is working with key stakeholders in the government, private sector, and civil society in Bangladesh to mainstream the Water MSP. Through the MSP and the engagement with the BDP 2100, 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 IWRM to arrive at optimal solutions at the regional and national levels.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society partnership that supports country-level collaboration designed to unite diverse groups with a common interest in the sustainable management of water resources.