Bangladesh Water Partnership (BWP) has been commissioned by the Bangladesh Water Multi-Stakeholder Partnership to conduct a rapid assessment of the groundwater sustainability of the Greater Dhaka Area. BWP is the country partnership of the Global Water Partnership Organization headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and in this regard, was supported by the 2030 WRG. This report has consolidated secondary information from various relevant studies and provides general estimations of groundwater resource availability, its challenges, and ways to overcome them to accommodate sectoral growth aspirations. This assessment was made possible from generous funding from H&M.
The track record of the 2030 WRG in stewarding Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSPs) from dialogue to action and impact is growing and has shown significant results in Fiscal Year 2018 (1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018). A total of 746 partners (308 from the private sector, 154 from government, 284 from civil society/other) participating in MSPs in 14 countries/states, have created working relationships across stakeholders and helped to break down traditional silos to establish MSPs that survive changes in government.
The year was mostly focused on the hosting transition from the International Finance Corporation to the World Bank Water Global Practice. As part of this new arrangement, Kristalina Georgieva, at the time Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank Group, appointed Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, as Co-Chair of the 2030 WRG Governing Council to serve together with Paul Bulcke, Chairman of Nestlé. As the 2030 WRG welcomed new Steering Board Members, the year offered the opportunity to revisit work program priorities as well as 2030 WRG communication efforts. This new and revised Annual Report aims to focus more on impact and innovation stories, showcasing collective action and partner contributions.
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The working groups identified their priorities and developed 83 concept notes in total, which were used to create 67 proposals during the year. Of these, 58 are being prepared for implementation, and 53 have been fully implemented.
Vietnam is experiencing increasing variability in water availability across regions and seasons. Mitigating the impacts of such changes requires a thorough assessment of the water challenges and the design of multi-stakeholder solutions, grounded in sound analytics.
This analysis provides a high-level assessment of Vietnam’s water sector, aimed at assessing the water demand-supply gap, mapping ongoing stakeholder initiatives, and identifying key private sector-driven solutions for priority areas. This report aims to deepen the dialogue on collective action within the country. It has been developed through extensive stakeholder interviews and has been guided by a multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. We hope this document triggers an active dialogue between the stakeholders leading to concrete action on water security solutions in Vietnam.
Water-use patterns in cities are complex, and the quality of water required for a particular use is unique. Along with the residential population, cities host industries and commercial sectors, which already pay higher tariffs for water, even with limited supply assurance. As much as 60% of major industries are impacted due to water scarcities. In addition to water supply augmentation, wastewater treatment offers new economic opportunities for energy and fertilizer recovery. That said, investment in wastewater treatment has associated risks as well. It is important to understand the underlying factors that will drive, facilitate, and sustain wastewater management interventions in India.
This practitioner’s guide identifies relevant practices for India based on the status of global thinking on the adoption of a circular economy pathway in the wastewater sector. At this point, India is still to recognize and exploit the opportunity for wastewater circular economy.
Water availability has become an important driver for facilitating economic growth in the state of Karnataka. As only 20% of water supplied is consumed, and the balance of 80% is wastewater, treatment and reuse of this wastewater will reduce the pressure to augment water supply from freshwater sources. The Government of Karnataka and respective city governments need to frame suitable policies and facilitate cost-effective solutions for the reuse of wastewater to meet this demand.
In this context, this report documents an assessment of the wastewater reuse potential in three cities. The study attempts to assess: urban water demand; on-going and planned wastewater treatment and reuse initiatives; potential for maximizing reuse in the short, medium, and long term; and potential for income generation to improve the financial viability of such projects. Finally, the report offers recommendations for an enabling policy framework in Karnataka to facilitate the reuse of wastewater and encourage public-private partnerships in the sector.
This report focuses on Mongolia’s capital and economic hub, Ulaanbaatar. Based on the water supply-demand gap identified in the previous project phase, an inventory of implementable solutions to close the gap was identified and prioritized to allow for sustainable economic development.
By 2021, water demand will not be met with the available water resources in the high and medium water-demand scenarios. By 2030, a water demand-supply gap is estimated in all scenarios.
Solutions are focused on the key water users in Ulaanbaatar (energy, domestic, and industrial sectors) and include water demand reduction and water supply augmentation measures. These were selected from ongoing (governmental) initiatives and stakeholder consultations and were customized from international best cases to Ulaanbaatar’s context. The identified solutions were prioritized on the basis of an assessment framework that consists of financial, economic, and environmental criteria.
Economic development, led by agriculture, has put global water resources under enormous strain. The world’s freshwater use is growing at more than double the rate of population growth. Conserving these finite resources while meeting the demands of growing economies, requires focused efforts to use water more efficiently.
More water-productive irrigation could transform Tanzanian agriculture, substantially increasing the crops produced for local and export markets, and allowing farmers to extend the growing season.
The Hindon Yatra documents the journey of the river Hindon and its people from its source in the Shivalik hills of Western Uttar Pradesh as it traverses almost 400 kilometers downstream to merge with the Yamuna. The Yatra is the culmination of a stakeholder mapping exercise conducted by the 2030 WRG India program in 2015 to 2016 to assess the current levels of pollution in the Hindon river as well as numerous efforts to revive the Hindon. We conducted literature reviews, field visits, and focused group discussions with local government, industries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and academia working along the banks of the Hindon.
The Hindon Yatra Handbook is the result of collaborative efforts of the 2030 WRG, the Government of Uttar Pradesh (particularly the Irrigation and Water Resources Department and local administration), industries, research institutes, and communities involved in the rejuvenation of the Hindon River. The case studies presented provide a ray of hope by showcasing work already being undertaken by the state government, NGOs, lawyers, activists, private sector, and research organizations to address the many challenges.
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.