The largest and most economically significant river basins in Karnataka – Krishna and Cauvery – already face a water demand-supply deficit. With projected increases in population growth from sixty-one million in 2011 to eighty million by 2030, coupled with increased water requirements for the urban, industrial and agricultural sectors, there is an urgent need for coordinated action across Karnataka’s inhabitants and businesses to better manage their water resources and sustainability.
2030 WRG is currently working on catalyzing state-wide solutions for agri-water efficiency, particularly through the facilitation of market linkages to incentivize state-wide adoption of drip irrigation, as well as reuse of treated municipal wastewater in agriculture and urban-industrial areas.
As secretariat to the Karnataka Multi-Stakeholder Platform Steering Board (Karnataka MSP – Water), 2030 WRG co-coordinates with stakeholders in the Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and Academia, to explore, identify and facilitate the implementation of mechanisms for efficient water resources management.
2030 WRG has completed HEAs related to Karnataka’s water resource management situation in Agriculture and Urban-Industrial Areas and is working with MSP partners in Karnataka to develop and demonstrate successful models for water security in the state. Initiatives under implementation include market linkages for drip irrigation projects, adoption of PPP/Investment prioritization tool for urban water projects, and reuse of treated water for industrial areas and agriculture. Future focus areas include water conservation measures for upland/hilly area agriculture, climate-resilient coastal area agriculture, reservoir management (tanks, lakes, etc.), and urban stormwater 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.