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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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Financial Express: Call for installing ETPs in economic zones

News Source: The Financial Express 

Speakers at a workshop on Wednesday emphasised the need for installing full functional effluent treatment plants (ETPs) in the economic zones of the country before industrial plants go into production.

They also said the concept of green economic zones will help attract more foreign direct investment in many sectors.

The speakers came up with the views at the workshop titled ‘Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) for Economic Zones (EZs) in Bangladesh’ jointly organised by Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA), 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) and German development organisation GIZ at a city hotel.

Prime Minister’s Office Chief Coordinator (SDGs) Abul Kalam Azad attended the programme as chief guest. Presided over by BEZA Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury, the workshop was also addressed by Water Resources Ministry Senior Secretary Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan, Ministry of Environment & Forests Secretary Istiaque Ahmad and 2030 WRG Asia Region Co-Head Bastiaan Mohrmann.

Terming Bangladesh as the most vulnerable country in terms of environment, Mr Azad said the government has taken the plan to establish 100 EZs across the country by 2030 where strict maintenance of CETPs is a must to protect the environment.

He said 80 per cent of waste water produced worldwide is discharged without treatment while the rate in Bangladesh is around 99.90 per cent.

However, he said there is a scarcity of human resources in the country for effluent and sludge management both in public and private sectors.

Despite having significant potential in producing electricity from sludge management, the country has not yet got any success in this regard, Mr Azad added.

BEZA Chairman Paban Chowdhury said untreated effluents harm not only surface water but also ground water in the long run affecting reserve of fresh drinking water.

Mentioning BEZA’s commitment to protect the environment for sustainable development of the country, he said CETPs in the EZs are considered a viable wastewater treatment solution for industries of all sizes and scales.

BEZA has already selected around 36,000 acres of land to establish EZs till now which will reach around 75,000 acres finally, he added.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed among BEZA 2030 WRG and GIZ to initiate a technical and knowledge-based partnership to facilitate establishment of CETPs in the under-construction EZs in the country.FE News Coverage Workshop on CETP 19 April 2017.

 

The Daily Star: Bangladesh firm to ensure RMG compliance

NEWS SOURCE: The Daily Star

BSS, Davos, Switzerland.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said her government was highly committed to ensuring compliance with regard to the readymade garment (RMG) industry.

“The contribution of the apparel and textile industry to our economy is immense. We are highly committed to ensure compliance with regard to labour rights, workplace safety and environmental standard in the industry,” she said.

The PM was replying to questions at a workshop titled “Shaping a New Water Economy” at the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Congress Centre here.

Hasina said Bangladesh’s RMG industry achieved higher compliance standards in terms of wages, workplace safety, norms, practices and harmonious industrial relations.

“There has been a 77 percent increase in basic wage.

Assessment of all the 3,780 factories as recommended by global brands and retailers has been completed,” she added.

Andrew Steer, president and CEO of World Research Institute, moderated the workshop attended by heads of state and government of different countries.

The PM said Bangladesh is the second largest apparel and textile exporting country in the world. The sector employs 4.5 million workers, of which 80 percent are women. The industry accounts for 83 percent of the country’s total exports.

“We are supporting the industry to ‘go green’. Today, Bangladesh has 38 LEED certified factories. Out of the world’s top 10 green factories, seven are in Bangladesh,” she pointed out.

The premier said since 2015, the Bangladesh government has been working with 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) to achieve 100 percent wastewater treatment and increase water use efficiency as per international benchmarks in the country’s apparel sector.

PM JOINS WEF MEETING

World leaders, including Sheikh Hasina, gathered in Davos as the 47th Annual Meeting of the WEF kicked off yesterday.

The four-day meeting began at Congress Centre in Davos under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.

President Xi Jinping of China opened the proceedings of the meeting. Hasina along with other heads of government and state joined the opening plenary and other events of the meeting.

Heads of state and government of 45 countries joined the meeting which began with a welcome address by WEF founder Klaus Schwab and felicitation of celebrity singer Shakira, among others, for her work towards promoting education.

On the sidelines of the forum, Hasina had informal interaction with the Chinese and Swiss presidents yesterday.

The WEF is a Swiss non-profit foundation, based in Cologne, Geneva. Its mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas”.

The Financial Express: ‘Govt firm on RMG sector compliance’

News Source: The Financial Express

HONORABLE PRIME MINISTER SHEIKH HASINA AFFIRMS HER COMMITMENT TO 2030 WRG’S BANGLADESH PROGRAM AT THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2017 IN DAVOS, SWITZERLAND

Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group; Sheik Hasina, Prime Minister, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh; Fernando Zavala, Prime Minister, Peru & Nomvula Mokonyane Water and Sanitation Minister

 

DAVOS (Switzerland), Jan 17 (BSS): Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday her government was highly committed to ensuring compliance in the readymade garment (RMG) sector, reports BSS.

“The contribution of apparel and textile industry to our economy is immense. We are highly committed to ensure compliance with regard to labour rights, workplace safety and environmental standard in the industry,” she said. The premier also said Bangladesh’s readymade garment sector achieved higher compliance standards in terms of wages, workplace safety, norms, practices and harmonious industrial relations. “There has been a 77% increase in basic wage. Assessment of all the 3780 factories as recommended by global brands and retailers has been completed,” she said.

The Prime Minister was replying to questions at the workshop on “Shaping a New Water Economy” in the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum at Congress Centre here. President and CEO of World Research Institute Andrew Steer moderated the workshop attended by heads of state and government of different countries participating in the WEF. Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is the second largest apparel and textile exporting country in the world. “The sector employs 4.5 million workers, of which 80 per cent are women. The industry accounts for 83% of our total exports,” she said. The premier said the factories were now working hand-in-hand with global brands and retailers to ensure international standards. Every factory had an Occupational Safety Committee where employers and workers were working together, she said.

“We are supporting the industry to ‘go green’. Today, Bangladesh has LEED certified 38 factories. Out of the world’s top 10 ranked green factories, 7 are in Bangladesh.” The Prime Minister said since 2015, Bangladesh Government had been working with 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG), more specifically, to achieve 100% wastewater treatment and increase water use efficiency as per international benchmarks in the apparel sector. She said, “Our work with 2030 WRG” is focusing on the following areas:

  • Mobilising and facilitating large-scale finance for wastewater treatment infrastructure;
  • Enhancing fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for wastewater treatment, recycling and efficient use;
  • Establishing a valuation methodology for water use across Bangladesh;
  • Improving institutional setup for water resources management,
  • Increasing private sector and civil society participation in water governance.

As a member of the High-Level Panel on Water, she said, she was committed to innovating frameworks like 2030 WRG.

UNB adds, earlier the Prime Minister along with other global leaders gathered here on Tuesday as the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) began.

The four-day meeting began at Congress Centre in Davos, a mountain resort at Graubünden in the eastern Alps region of Switzerland, under the theme ‘Responsive and Responsible Leadership’. On the sidelines of the forum, Sheikh Hasina had also informal interaction with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Swiss President Doris Leuthard. The Chinese President, who was accompanied by the largest delegation of his country since its first participation in an annual meeting in 1979, opened the meeting proceedings. In his speech, the Chinese President said economic globalisation powered worldwide growth and it should not be blamed for the world’s problems. In an attack on the anti-globalisation rhetoric that has led to the election of Donald Trump as the US President and the Brexit vote in the UK, he told a packed audience: “It’s true that economic globalisation created new problems but there’s no justification to write off economic globalisation altogether. Rather we should adapt to and guide economic globalisation, cushion its negative impacts and deliver its benefits for all countries.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the opening plenary and other events of the meeting along with other heads of government and state. Before the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum, WEF Executive Chairman Prof Klaus Schwann called on Sheikh Hasina.