India’s Multi-stakeholder Partnerships and Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Key focus areas of 2030 WRG’s work in India (National and Uttar Pradesh) include:

Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
2030 WRG is currently supporting the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD & GR) to develop public-private-civil society partnership solutions for the Ganga. This includes the preparation of a pilot municipal wastewater treatment and reuse PPP project in the twin towns of Mathura-Vrindavan, situated on the Yamuna River, a tributary of the Ganga. The project aims at protecting the river from direct and indirect sewage flows as well as the development of necessary market mechanisms for wastewater reuse. 2030 WRG has facilitated pre-feasibility studies and multi-stakeholder dialogue for participatory inputs to define the project scope and explore reuse options in consultation with government, private sector and local actors. Positive and accelerated momentum in the project has resulted in the State Government of Uttar Pradesh expressing keen interest to co-partner with MoWR, RD & GR and 2030 WRG. Preliminary scoping for the project has been completed and a transaction advisor for the bidding process is in the process of being appointed by the government. Through this project, 2030 WRG aims to demonstrate participatory approaches to designing partnership-based project design in order to scale up treatment capacity across the Ganga basin.

Area-Based Approaches for River Rejuvenation in Uttar Pradesh
2030 WRG is helping the Government of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) to develop a comprehensive approach for river rejuvenation in the state as part of the Chief Minister’s “Green U.P., Clean U.P.” campaign. Emphasizing the importance of an empowered stakeholder consultative process, the partnership aims to cover three broad areas of intervention: a) Rejuvenation of Rivers within the State, including best irrigation practices, cleaner industrial production, and sustainable and equitable urban water management, such as for the Hindon basin; b) Collaborative Approaches anchored amongst local stakeholders, in order to trigger sustainable river basin transformation based on collective design and implementation; c) Creation of an Advanced Action-Oriented Knowledge Center “Water for Rivers” to build capacity, identify initiatives, mobilize investments, and facilitate implementation for river rejuvenation processes.

Demonstration within the Hindon Basin
The Hindon River Rejuvenation Partnership is a transformational program with large-scale community involvement. The Hindon basin has a population of about 10 million people. Driven by civil society movement Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan and spearheaded by Rajendra Singh, Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 2015, the program is building a replicable model for participatory and integrated water resources management. It receives strong political and administrative support from Uttar Pradesh’s government. The 2030 WRG is developing this workstream in close collaboration with the India Water Partnership.

The Hindon initiative is building a model for participatory and integrated water resources management that can be replicated across other tributaries in the Ganga basin. Key components include:

• URBAN wastewater treatment and reuse
• INDUSTRIAL cleaner production & effluent treatment
• AGRI-water productivity improvement & reduced agro-chemical run-off
• Augmentation of ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS through water supply side measures, particularly groundwater management and rainwater harvesting

The program, working with the divisional administration, local industry representatives, and civil society, is encouraging stakeholders to collectively identify opportunities and solutions to water challenges. The alliance is developing a roadmap for action, and working to prepare a detailed water quality monitoring system across the basin through a participatory process.

Key Partners

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