2030 WRG in the News

Press coverage: Government of Maharashtra Partners with 2030WRG to Launch the State’s First ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ for Transformative Solutions in Water Resources Management

Below is a list of online articles that covered the launch of Maharashtra’s ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ for Transformative Solutions in Water Resources Management:

Links:

  1. http://www.uniindia.com/mah-govt-join-hands-with-wrg-to-launch-multi-stakeholder-platform/other/news/953745.html
  2. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-maharashtra-to-get-1-billion-funding-for-drought-proofing-2523631
  3. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/excess-sugarcane-water-to-be-diverted-for-jowar-tur/articleshow/59961001.cms
  4. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/maharashtra-to-raise-270-m-from-green-climate-fund/article9805968.ece
  5. http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch-117080701326_1.html
  6. http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch-2522291
  7. https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch/1118536
  8. http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch/1/1021005.html
  9. http://www.freepressjournal.in/mumbai/maharashtra-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch/1117791
  10. http://currentaffairs.adda247.com/2017/08/maharashtra-to-raise-270-m-from-green.html
  11. https://currentaffairs.gktoday.in/tags/2030-water-resources-group
  12. http://currentaffairs.adda247.com/2017/08/maharashtra-to-raise-270-m-from-green.html
  13. http://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/english/business+world-epaper-bizworld/we+need+to+ensure+farmers+have+access+to+water+and+they+use+it+efficiently-newsid-71464022
  14. https://mumbainewsnetwork.blogspot.in/2017/08/government-of-maharashtra-partners-with.html
  15. http://thecsrjournal.in/2030-water-resources-group/
  16. http://news.greenecosystem.in/maha-launches-joint-platform-to-address-water-resources-crunch/

 

Troubled Waters: A Multi-Stakeholder Vision to Rejuvenate the Hindon

 

News Source: Terra Green (July 2017)

Over the past few decades, man has made all possible attempts to conquer the rivers by blocking them off with long embankments, dams, barrages, channels, crossroads, short-length bridges, and physical structures, all leading to deteriorating river conditions. People, unaware of the dire consequences, have treated rivers as a means of dumping all kinds of garbage. Biba Jasmine and Annelieke Laninga feel that River Harnandi (Hindon) is no exception to these atrocities! They highlight that given the gravity of the situation, various approaches towards rejuvenating the Hindon River are adopting ecological measures (particularly, the ‘Hindon Yatra’ exhibition and symposium series) that aim to effectively stall deterioration and reduce pollution.

With the aim to involve stakeholders from different backgrounds in reviving the Hindon river basin, a ‘Hindon Yatra’ exhibition and symposium series was initiated by the 2030 WRG and its partners. The aim was to endorse a common vision and demonstrate good practices to inspire and motivate actors from all sectors to prepare a basin-wide action plan with positive action towards collectively achieving a healthy river basin.

 

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[Portuguese only] MoU signed with Sao Paulo Water and Sanitation Secretariat

A Secretaria de Saneamento e Recursos Hídricos do Estado de São Paulo assinou Memorando de Entendimento (MoU) com a Corporação Financeira Internacional (IFC), entidade do grupo do Banco Mundial que é a implementadora do 2030 Grupo de Recursos Hídricos (WRG). Esta, por sua vez, é uma plataforma multiatores para tratar de questões relacionadas à água e acelerar reformas que garantam a sustentabilidade no gerenciamento de recursos hídricos.

O memorando assinado garante o interesse mútuo da SSRH e a IFC de trabalhar para o intercâmbio de experiências e melhores práticas em matérias de desenvolvimento, gestão e proteção dos recursos hídricos. “Temos muito interesse em desenvolver projetos e trocar experiências na questão de recursos hídricos, notadamente na questão de controle de cheias, um problema que afeta diretamente a Grande São Paulo”, apontou o secretário Benedito Braga.

A assinatura é um passo inicial de aproximação para definição de áreas de interesse e possíveis projetos de cooperação. Além do secretário Benedito Braga, participaram da solenidade Anders Berntell, diretor executivo do 2030 Grupo de Recursos Hídricos/IFC, a secretária adjunta da SSRH Mônica Porto, o representante da IFC para a América Latina César Fonseca, a representante da IFC para São Paulo Stela Goldenstein e a coordenadora de projetos da IFC Júlia Cadaval Martins.

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The News Minute: Karnataka govt ties up with 2030 WRG for transformative projects to tackle water crisis

News Source: The News Minute

The Karnataka multi-stakeholder platform for water (Karnataka MSP-water) was launched in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Karnataka today faces a shortage of 950 tmc (one thousand million cubic feet) of water. Population growth and urbanization are projected to widen the urban water demand-supply gap from 24% in 2011 to 58% in 2030. Within the industrial sector, water demand is expected to triple by 2030, with half the additional demand coming from the power sector.

Looking at this scenario, in a unique initiative, the state government has entered into an agreement with the 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) to bring about large-scale transformation in water resources management.

The 2030 WRG is a public-private-civil society collaboration, launched in 2008. Its mission is to help countries achieve water security by 2030, by facilitating collective action on water by involving the government, private sector and civil society.

To this end, the Karnataka multi-stakeholder platform for water (Karnataka MSP-water) was launched in Bengaluru on Tuesday, with representatives from public sector, private sector and civil society.

The steering board, which will be the apex body overseeing work, will have less than 50% seats reserved for the government. It will consist of multiple work streams, sub-divided into task forces.

The three key focus areas of the partnership are: innovative financing and implementation models to promote drip irrigation for the state’s sugarcane farmers in collaboration with sugar mills, financial institutions and the farming community; providing market linkages between the farming community and agri-business community; and promotion of the re-use of treated urban wastewater, through a policy framework and the establishment of a Resource Centre.

Arvind Galagally of the KLE Technical University said that there is a competing use of resources with diversification of industries in rural and urban areas and diversification in the needs and use of water. With the rains becoming erratic and due to various factors like climate change and global warming, supply is diminishing rapidly.

“On the administration side, there are multiple stakeholders and to bring them under one umbrella was the objective. The WRG 2030 group has been instrumental in bringing together all these bodies for efficient use of available water resources, particularly in agriculture, which uses up to 85% of water,” he said.

Flow irrigation being currently used in agriculture leads to wastage of water and ill health of soil. A suitable alternative is drip irrigation whose efficiency is 85% to 90% as compared to 40-45% for flow irrigation, he added.

The drip irrigation project in Ramthal started off as a pilot project covering 24,000 hectares and is now ready to be scaled up with more than 15,000 farmers already covered under this scheme. We involve the farmers right from concept to commissioning and encourage them to change from low value to high value crops, Galagally said.

“Ramthal is the largest community-driven drip irrigation system in the world today,” he added.

Bastiaan Mohrmann, Co-Lead, Asia and Middle East, 2030 WRG, said, “Our work is based on collaboration among governments, financial institutions, non-governmental organisations, civil society agencies and companies to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030.”

“How to scale up pilot projects is the key, especially to get through regulatory barriers, financial barriers and we need to generate solutions. We want to transform the sector,” he added.

Sugarnews.in: Karnataka looks at drip irrigation for sugarcane farming

Livemint – 24 May 2017, Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Tuesday said that it will take up at least 30,000 acres of sugarcane farming land under drip irrigation for a pilot project to highlight the advantages of the low water intensive agricultural practices in the backdrop of unreliable monsoon seasons and resulting droughts leading to increase in the gap between demand and supply of the precious resource.

Karnataka, which accounts for 10% of the total sugarcane produce in the country, has about 1 million acres of sugarcane under cultivation, of which around 300,000 acres are canal irrigated.

“Agriculture accounts for nearly 85% of the water consumed in the state and any incremental efficiency leads to huge savings,” said Aravind Galagali, director of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd (KBJNL)-a state government owned body responsible for planning, investigation, execution and operation all irrigation projects coming under the Upper Krishna Project.

Reeling under its second consecutive drought year and resulting water shortages, the Karnataka government has been investing resources to reduce water consumption by the agricultural sector and promoting drought resistant alternatives like millets.

The state has over 50% of its entire area classified as drought prone and is also home to the second most arid region in the country.

The state government has been carrying out pilots in efficient water usage through projects like Ramthal drip irrigation project-touted to be the largest in the world benefitting over 15,000 farmers and 24,000 hectares.

Announcing the launch of a multi stakeholder platform between the state government and Water Resources Group 2030 on Tuesday, experts said that the rapidly growing population will see the urban water demand-supply grow from 24% in 2011 to 58% in 2030 if more efficient agricultural practices are not adopted at the earliest.

“Protecting the world’s water resources is a shared responsibility. Our work is based on collaboration among governments, financial institutions, non-governmental organisations, civil society agencies, and companies to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030,” said Bastiaan Mohrmann, co-lead Asia and Middle East for 2030WRG, an advisory group that is trying to bring public-private-civil society collaboration on sustainable uses of water.

The pilot project, expected to commence around October, will cost around Rs 1.25 lakh per acre. Galagali said that KBJNL and other agencies have recommended that Rs 85,000 for infrastructure like pumps and pipes be borne by the government and Rs 40,000 by the farmer.

He added that the government has spoken to sugarcane farmers, sugar manufacturing companies and banks on the issue to help fund the farmers share of the contribution. Galagali said that sugar manufacturers have agreed to partially guarantee the loans availed by farmers for the proposed project.

B.G. Gurupadaswamy, secretary to Karnataka’s water resources department, said that they had to show the benefits of drip irrigation to farmers for the community-over 75 lakh in the state-to adopt these practices. He said that drip irrigation in sugarcane has been proven to increase the yield by 25-30%, translate into higher returns and result in higher water savings for the state.

Mohrmann added that the platform is also promoting drip-to-market agri corridor cluster concept where drip irrigation infrastructure will be connected to sustainable offtake in partnership with buyers for the produce.

Live Mint: Karnataka looks at drip irrigation for sugarcane farming

News Source: Live Mint

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Tuesday said that it will take up at least 30,000 acres of sugarcane farming land under drip irrigation for a pilot project to highlight the advantages of the low water intensive agricultural practices in the backdrop of unreliable monsoon seasons and resulting droughts leading to increase in the gap between demand and supply of the precious resource.

Karnataka, which accounts for 10% of the total sugarcane produce in the country, has about 1 million acres of sugarcane under cultivation, of which around 300,000 acres are canal irrigated.

“Agriculture accounts for nearly 85% of the water consumed in the state and any incremental efficiency leads to huge savings,” said Aravind Galagali, director of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd (KBJNL)-a state government owned body responsible for planning, investigation, execution and operation all irrigation projects coming under the Upper Krishna Project.

Reeling under its second consecutive drought year and resulting water shortages, the Karnataka government has been investing resources to reduce water consumption by the agricultural sector and promoting drought resistant alternatives like millets.

The state has over 50% of its entire area classified as drought prone and is also home to the second most arid region in the country.

The state government has been carrying out pilots in efficient water usage through projects like Ramthal drip irrigation project-touted to be the largest in the world benefitting over 15,000 farmers and 24,000 hectares.

Announcing the launch of a multi stakeholder platform between the state government and Water Resources Group 2030 on Tuesday, experts said that the rapidly growing population will see the urban water demand-supply grow from 24% in 2011 to 58% in 2030 if more efficient agricultural practices are not adopted at the earliest.

“Protecting the world’s water resources is a shared responsibility. Our work is based on collaboration among governments, financial institutions, non-governmental organisations, civil society agencies, and companies to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030,” said Bastiaan Mohrmann, co-lead Asia and Middle East for 2030WRG, an advisory group that is trying to bring public-private-civil society collaboration on sustainable uses of water.

The pilot project, expected to commence around October, will cost around Rs 1.25 lakh per acre. Galagali said that KBJNL and other agencies have recommended that Rs 85,000 for infrastructure like pumps and pipes be borne by the government and Rs 40,000 by the farmer.

He added that the government has spoken to sugarcane farmers, sugar manufacturing companies and banks on the issue to help fund the farmers share of the contribution. Galagali said that sugar manufacturers have agreed to partially guarantee the loans availed by farmers for the proposed project.

B.G. Gurupadaswamy, secretary to Karnataka’s water resources department, said that they had to show the benefits of drip irrigation to farmers for the community-over 75 lakh in the state-to adopt these practices. He said that drip irrigation in sugarcane has been proven to increase the yield by 25-30%, translate into higher returns and result in higher water savings for the state.

Mohrmann added that the platform is also promoting drip-to-market agri corridor cluster concept where drip irrigation infrastructure will be connected to sustainable offtake in partnership with buyers for the produce.

United News of India: Karnataka, 2030WRG launch platform for water conservation

News Source: United News India

Bengaluru, May 23 (UNI) In what promises to offer huge potential in ensuring judicious use of water in agriculture and its supply to urban areas, the Karnataka government and 2030 World Resources Group (WRG) today launched a ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) for Water’ with representation from public, private sectors and civil society.

The Karnataka government signed the MoU today with the global body that has a mandate to protect world’s water resources as a shared responsibility and to drive large-scale transformation in water resources management.

The initiatives proposed and driven by the government MSP-Water will adopt long-term perspectives to water resources management and highlight the leadership of Karnataka in addressing pressing water issues, which will be done through public private community partnership models.

Speaking at the meeting after signing the MoU, State Water Resources Principal Secretary Rakesh Singh said Karnataka was among the country’s most water stressed States, as 26 per cent of its groundwater is over-exploited and 54 per cent of geographical area is drought-prone.

This partnership can address the issues of sustainability, equity and efficiency. ”By working with neutral catalysts such as 2030 WRG, we are working on many innovative themes of partnership models, financial mechanisms and circular economy solutions,” he said.

The key focus of this partnership is to address innovative financing and implementation models to promote drip irrigation for sugarcane farmers, in collaboration with sugar mills, financial institutions, the farming community and the government.

More than 10 lakh hectares of land is under sugarcane cultivation in Karnataka, the third highest producer of cane after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Out of this 3 lakh hectares comes under canal irrigation.

The MoU also envisages market linkages between the farming community and agri-business companies to promote water-efficient cultivation practices along a Drip-to-Market Agro Corridor (DMAC, including Ramthal MIS project in Karnataka.

It also focuses on reuse of treated urban wastewater, through a policy framework and the establishment of a Resource centre.

 

Deccan Chronicle: Karnataka: Panel aims at saving water

News Source: Deccan Chronicle

BENGALURU: To improve existing irrigation methods and agricultural productivity in the state, state government in association with 2030 Water Resources Group have come up with the idea of ‘Multi Stakeholder Platform for Water’.

On Monday a steering committee was launched with stakeholders from the public and private sector, the civil society, the industrial sector and academia with an intention to make transformations to the existing water management systems.

“This is an initiative to find a new approach to improve existing irrigation methods and agricultural productivity in the state. The 2030 WRG has provided a platform for all units of the Water Resources Department to work together on the agrarian crisis that Karnataka faces,” said Gurupad Swamy, Secretary, Water Resources department.

He added that one of the key aspects of this project is to get farmers to switch from flow irrigation to drip irrigation.

Rakesh Singh, principal secretary of water resources department said, “Karnataka is among India’s most water stressed states as over 26 per cent of its groundwater is overexploited. Two largest economically most important river basins-Krishna and Cauvery have reached the point at which water demand exceeds supply. This indicates that the state needs to adopt better water management practices.” “The Government is the lead partner in this project.”

Deccan Herald: New platform to fix water crisis

News Source: Deccan Herald

Karnataka’s urban water demand and supply gap is set to widen from 24% (2011) to 58% in 2030, according to 2030 Water Resources Group, a unique public-private-civil society collaboration.

To address this growing gap between demand and supply, the state government and 2030 WRG launched the “Karnataka multi-stakeholder platform for water” on Tuesday.

The partnership aims to transform water resources management by mobilising funds through financial institutions and identification of innovative demand-side management solutions.

“The need of the hour is for corporates to partner with farmers to create a supply chain model that helps in the economic empowerment of the farmers. When the government also partners in this model, the implementation will be more effective,” said Bastiaan Mohrmann, Co-Lead, Asia and Middle East, 2030WRG.

First in India

This is the first multi-stakeholder platform for water in India. Similar models will be replicated in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. “Karnataka is among India’s most water-stressed states. Nearly 26% of its groundwater area is over-exploited. Moreover, 54% of the geographical area is drought-prone. Unfortunately, the two largest and economically most important river basins — the Krishna and the Cauvery — have both reached a point where demand exceeds supply,’’ Rakesh Singh, Principal Secretary, Water Resources Department, said stressing the need for better water management

 

Business sector points to integration of actions as solution for water crisis

April 26, 2017 – The Business Engagement Forum was held on Tuesday (April 25) in Brasilia, and brought together experts and companies from different sectors to discuss a key theme: the efficient management of water resources in a context of scarcity. The discussants presented a series of experiences that have been developed for this purpose, but they were unanimous in pointing out that a greater integration between civil society, governments and private sector is needed so that the actions already under way are improved, scalable and serve as a basis for new solutions.

The event, which attracted about 110 people to the Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, was an initiative of the 8th World Water Forum, held by the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) with the sponsorship of Braskem and Coca-Cola.

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[Portuguese below] Setor empresarial aponta integração de ações como saída para crise hídrica

O Fórum Água de Engajamento Empresarial foi realizado nesta terça-feira (25/04), em Brasília (DF), e reuniu especialistas e empresas de diferentes setores para discutir um tema-chave: a gestão eficiente dos recursos hídricos em um cenário de escassez. Os debatedores trouxeram uma série de experiências que vem sendo desenvolvidas com este propósito, mas foram unânimes em apontar que é preciso uma maior integração entre sociedade civil, governos e iniciativa privada para que as ações já em curso sejam aprimoradas, ganhem escala e sirvam de base para a criação de novas soluções.

O evento, que atraiu cerca de 110 pessoas ao Centro de Convenções Ulysses Guimarães, foi uma iniciativa do Grupo Focal de Sustentabilidade do 8º Fórum Mundial da Água, realizada pelo Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS) com patrocínio da Braskem e Coca-Cola.

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