The objective of the report is to understand the impact of industrialization on water security in Bangladesh, with a focus on the textile and leather industries, and raise awareness of the scale of the water challenges facing the industrial sector. It provides a summary of the aspirations for growth in both sectors and explores the impact of “business as usual” growth on water resources. The report then presents an analysis of the opportunities for the sector in improving water use and effluent treatment in order to support more sustainable growth. Finally it recommends a number of key focus areas within the industrial water sector where a 2030 WRG Bangladesh multi-stakeholder partnership could add value.
The 2030 Water Resources Group commissioned PwC and BCAS to consolidate and analyze information on water resources management in Bangladesh. The first objective of the analysis was to identify key water resource challenges and priorities today and in 2030. The second objective was to raise awareness, mobilise and engage ‘new actors’ from the private sector and civil society to take steps for sustainably managing water resources in the future. Existing data sources and secondary literature were assessed and consolidated to ensure that the analysis is based on solid data. Building on this analysis, stakeholder consultations (2 focus group discussions, 55 face-to face interviews, and a high-level meeting), were held to identify stakeholder-specific challenges to sustainable water management, as well as to identify existing and potential business cases which promote sustainable water management. Finally, recommendations were made to support Bangladesh in moving towards sustainable water management.
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.