The Danish-based Global Green Growth Forum has commissioned this case study of the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) for South Africa to share our experience and lessons learned in this multi-stakeholder partnership. The SWPN is part of the 2030 WRG network of country partnerships and is a multi-stakeholder collaboration addressing South Africa’s most pressing water issues: improving water efficiency and reducing leakage, managing effluent and wastewater management, and managing agricultural and supply-chain water.
The presented last May at the World Economic Forum African Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, a new report specifying how the SWPN´s work has recently developed. It also described the creation of working groups that are mapping, charting and implementing projects that strengthen and support water management strategies and practices.
In South Africa, water demand is expected to rise over the next 20 years while its supply is likely to decline. Persistently poor usage habits, physical and commercial water losses and ecological degradation, such as the loss of wetlands, have been among the chief causes for the impending crisis.
September 2011, through the 2030 Water Resources Group, the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) submitted a report to the Planning Commission of India titled National Water Resources Framework Study. The primary purpose of the report was to find the evidentiary basis for proposing reforms in the water sector and write a report that could serve as an input into the deliberations for the 12th Five Year Plan.
The report, Charting Our Water Future, was developed to take a first step in providing greater clarity on the scale, costs and tradeoffs of solutions to water scarcity. It is the result of a year-long collaboration involving IFC (a member of the World Bank Group), McKinsey & Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Barilla, New Holland Agriculture, Nestlé, SABMiller plc, Standard Chartered Bank and Syngenta AG, and relied on the input of over 300 specialists and public sector practitioners as well as the consistent guidance of a group of expert advisors.
As an important step towards the understanding of the water-food-energy-climate nexus the World Economic Forum Water Initiative helped publish Water Security: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus. The book collects perspectives on the common water challenges we share from government leaders, religious groups, business, NGOs, academics, entrepreneurs, financial experts, journalists, trade specialists and many others. Issues covered — including agriculture, trade, national security, business and innovative water partnerships — set out the case for how crucial it is to overhaul our management of freshwater to meet our future social and economic needs.
Water Security: The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus is an important and comprehensive piece of work that seeks to deepen the awareness and understanding of the nexus which spans across the issue of water and to explore solutions to the water scarcity challenge ahead.
To support in-country activities, the 2030 WRG has been developing an open source, global, public-private knowledge base of good practices on water transformation with the help of the Stockholm International Water Institute. In its final form, the catalogue will include for each lever of the cost curve international and local best-practice examples, concrete solutions and their providers (also commercial), expertise, advice, new ideas and innovations in water management across all key sectors and technologies. This knowledge base has been requested by governments and fits into the overall the 2030 WRG value proposition of increasing the access of governments and businesses to local and international good practices.
Since its inception five years ago, the 2030 Water Resources Group has been working to resolve the world’s water scarcity problem. One of our main goals is to bring practical analysis to the limelight to help address the problem – always in collaboration with strategic partners and water experts.
Alongside Ove Arup, we scoured the globe for solutions to the water scarcity problem and put together 42 case studies you can learn from. They cover a wide range of common water scarcity problems, as well as their proven solutions.
The Indian State Government of Karnataka recently co-published a brochure with 2030 WRG to highlight opportunities for the private sector to collaborate with the government and public institutions specifically on water conservation measures. One of such measures is the sugarcane drip initiative for which Karnataka is currently mobilizing CSR contributions.
This study on Urban Wastewater PPPs, prepared by FICCI Water Mission and the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), with knowledge partner Powertec Engineering, aims to provide the industry perspective on issues affecting PPP projects in the urban wastewater sector and suggests measures to improve the investment climate for these projects and enhance reuse of treated wastewater. This study is the outcome of extensive stakeholder consultation with industry participants through formal interviews, consultative workshops and surveys supplemented by extensive desk research involving review of existing reports on the domestic sewerage sector as well as international and Indian PPP case studies of projects in this sector.
Our global partners include bilateral agencies and governments (Swiss Development Cooperation, Swedish Development Cooperation, the governments of Hungary and Israel), private companies (Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical, Ab InBev), development banks (IFC, World Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank), INGOs and IGPs (UNDP, GGGI, GWP, the World Economic Forum, BRAC and IUCN). The 2030 WRG was launched in 2008 at the World Economic Forum and has been hosted by The World Bank Group since 2012.