The Maharashtra program comprises three workstreams chaired by steering board members, with extensive participation of stakeholders from government, private sector, and civil society:
Water and Livelihood Security for Rain-fed Agricultural Areas: Chaired by the Project Director, Project on Climate Resilient Agriculture (PoCRA), Department of Agriculture, the workstream is supporting policy analysis to identify water use efficiency levers in cotton, working in tandem with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the IDH-Sustainable Trade Initiative. The workstream aims to drive livelihood security in the most vulnerable parts of the state through a combination of policy strengthening and private sector engagement models. A dashboard for assessing the magnitude of current challenges and impacts from project interventions is currently under design in the state. Various global and local apparel brands, financial institutions, and civil society partners engage in the workstream.
Command Area Water Productivity: The workstream ischaired by the Principal Secretary, Water Resources Department (WRD) and aims to achieve water use efficiency through the creation of PPPs for off-farm and on-farm infrastructure, as well as market linkages. A Project Implementation Unit has been set up for this purpose by the government, which is establishing linkages with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and Tata Trusts for funding support and relevant expertise.
Wastewater Reuse and Management: Chaired by the Maharashtra Water Resources and Regulatory Authority (MWRRA), the workstream aims to support wastewater recycling and reuse within the urban and industrial sectors. One of the pioneering initiatives ongoing under the workstream is the concept of Tradable Wastewater Reuse Certificates, targeting 20 large industries or industrial parks and 10 large municipalities in the pilot phase. This initiative aims to create tradeable permits for wastewater reuse.
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.