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Leading by example: Industry stakeholders visit Nairobi Bottlers to learn about industrial water management

Nairobi Bottlers Ltd./ Coca Cola Beverages Africa with the help of the Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA), invited industry stakeholders to visit its Embakasi plant in Nairobi, Kenya, to share its journey and successes in industrial water management.

The video below is a short report of the visit that took place at the beginning of May, 2017. Meet some of our stakeholders and learn more about some of the challenges they had to overcome.

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Who are our KIWA partners?

The Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) is a partnership between 23 private-public-civil society partners that collectively address water-related risks to industrial growth, initially in the Nairobi Sub-catchment. The partnership provides a platform to discuss and implement activities aimed at increasing sustainable access to water with a focus on ground water management, industrial water use efficiency and improved surface water quality management. KIWA has been established jointly by the International Water Stewardship Programme and the 2030 Water Resources Group.

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Karnataka MSP Steering Board launch

  • The Government of Karnataka (GOK) and 2030WRG launched the Karnataka Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Water (MSP-Water) on May 23, 2017 in Bangalore, with the first meeting of the Steering Board, chaired by the Chief Secretary, GOK.
  • The meeting included participation of (select list only):
    • Government departmental heads (e.g. Principal Secretary, Water Resources; Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development; Additional Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce);
    • Key private sector partners (e.g. Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Karnataka State Council; President, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI)); and
    • Civil society/ academia (e.g. Arghyam, Indian Institute of Science)
  • The MSP-Water Steering Board resolved to (a) launch pilot projects for the drip irrigation in sugarcane program; (b) formulate a project implementation unit (PIU) for acceleration of market linkages and agri-water PPPs in drip irrigated areas; and (c) accelerate cabinet approval for the policy on municipal wastewater reuse, among other areas.
  • The meeting highlighted, in particular to the government representatives, the transformative nature of this initiative, with many of the public sector counterparts commending the focus on PPPs and partnership-based solutions in the sector. As an endorsement of the high-level and catalytic action plan the state aims to achieve through this platform, the MSP-Water Steering Board was decided to be convened quarterly.

Government of Karnataka and 2030 WRG launch “Karnataka Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Water” to Drive Large-Scale Transformation in Water Resources Management

Bengaluru, Tuesday, May 23, 2017: The Government of Karnataka and 2030 WRG launched the Karnataka Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Water (Karnataka MSP-Water) in Bengaluru today, with representation from public sector, private sector and civil society.

Water is increasingly becoming a scarce commodity. 2030 Water Resources Group’s hydro-economic analyses project a doubling of water demand across sectors in Karnataka by 2030 over current levels, with 70% of the solutions highlighting needed improvements to agricultural productivity and efficient irrigation. Population growth and urbanization are projected to widen the urban water demand-supply gap in Karnataka from 24% (2011) to 58% (2030), with the Greater Bangalore region accounting for two-thirds of the additional urban water demand in 2030 (2030 WRG, 2014). Within the industrial sector, water demand is expected to triple by 2030, with half the additional demand coming from the power sector. To address this growing gap between demand and supply, Government of Karnataka signed an MOU with 2030 WRG to drive large-scale transformation in water resources management.

The initiatives proposed and driven by the Karnataka MSP-Water will adopt long-term perspectives to water resources management and highlight the leadership of the state of Karnataka in addressing pressing water issues. This will be done through Public-Private-Community partnership models, mobilization of financial markets, and identification of innovative demand-side management solutions at scale, grounded in the business case for sustainability while incorporating hydro-economic considerations.

Principal Secretary, Water Resources Department, Mr. Rakesh Singh, underscored the urgency of such multi-stakeholder solutions, “Karnataka is among India’s most water stressed states, as 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 the point at which water demand exceeds supply. All these statistics show the need for the state to adopt better water management practices.”

He further added, “Multi-stakeholder partnerships are a must for addressing the issues of sustainability, equity and efficiency. By working with neutral catalysts such as 2030WRG, we are working on many innovative themes of partnership models, financing mechanisms, and circular economy solutions.”

The first three key focus areas which the partnership is addressing and which the Karnataka MSP-Water is guiding include:
Innovative financing and implementation models to promote drip irrigation for the state’s sugarcane farmers, in collaboration with sugar mills, financial institutions, the farming community and the government.
• Facilitation of 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 the Ramthal MIS project.
• Promotion of the reuse of treated urban wastewater, through a policy framework and the establishment of a Resource Centre.

Speaking about collective action, Mr. Bastiaan Mohrmann, Co-Lead, Asia and Middle East, 2030WRG, said, “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.”

As a part of the Drip irrigation in Sugarcane Program, the government will support groups of farmers with infrastructure requirements to connect canal water to farmers’ fields, while facilitating financial markets support to farmers for on-farm drip systems. Taking up drip irrigation has the potential to reduce water abstraction by 30%, with more water available at the tail end of the canal system, and to improve sugarcane productivity by 25 to 30 percent against the baseline, benefitting farmer incomes.

In the Drip-to Market Agro Corridor (DMAC) cluster concept, drip irrigation infrastructure over 500,000 ha will be connected to sustainable offtake models in partnership with long-term established buyers for the produce. This has been initiated for Ramthal Drip Irrigation Project, irrigating about 24,000 hectares of land through fully automated pressurized pipes and connected with surface drip irrigation systems. 2030 WRG and the Water Resources Department of the Government of Karnataka aim to replicate the Ramthal project across other drip irrigation-focused projects in the state like Koppal, Singatalur, Poorigali, and Savanur.

Prof. Aravind Galagali, KLE Technological University highlighted the need for blended financing by adding, “To achieve water security in water scarce countries, large-scale investments are needed to improve efficiency, reduce demand, and increase the sustainable use of water. Public investments will not be sufficient to overcome the current funding gap. The private sector needs to be brought on board. The Karnataka MSP for Water creates an enabling environment for such investments, reducing risks, and bringing private companies and financial institutions into the equation.”

About 2030 Water Resources Group:
The 2030 Water Resources Group is a unique public-private-civil society collaboration. It facilitates open, trust-based dialogue processes to drive action on water resources reform in water stressed countries in developing economies. The ultimate aim of such reforms and actions is to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030.

The 2030 WRG was launched in 2008 at the World Economic Forum and has been hosted by International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, since 2012.

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PPIAF to provide financial and technical support to advance non-revenue water in South Africa through SWPN

South Africa has a population of 51 million people with 60 percent of the population living in urban environments and 40 percent living in rural settlements. South Africa obtains its water supply from surface water (77%); groundwater (9%); and recycled water (14%).1 Currently, South Africa is using water broadly within its natural supply limits (using 98 percent of its predicted total resources) and rising temperatures will undoubtedly make the situation worse. During recent years, water issues in South Africa have moved to the forefront of national concern. The Global Risk Report (2015) of the World Economic Forum recognizes water scarcity as the number one global risk from both a resource and access point of view, highlighting the significance and severity of the prevalent water issues for South Africa and for the entire global community.

The Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN) is a dynamic and cutting edge partnership between the public sector, primarily the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), the private sector and civil society. Together these three partners are working to close a projected 17% gap between water supply and demand by the year 2030 in South Africa. The partnership was established by the 2030 Water Resources Group (now hosted by IFC) in 2011 and strives to contribute to efficient, equitable and sustainable water supply and access to water for all South Africans through the identification and application of innovative and cost effective solutions and programs. The SWPN has become an established forum for collaboration between the public, private and civil society stakeholders on the country’s most pressing water issues.

South Africa is losing approximately 35% of its water supply to Non-Revenue Water (NRW). There is consensus within the sector that Water Conservation and Water Demand Management (WCWDM) is paramount to the sustainability of water supply and overall water security. Persistent problems related to inefficiencies in water management and use will, if unabated, continue to deplete the scarce resource resulting in further costly investment requirements. Given the historic difficulty of providing enough water to meet society’s needs, there is an acknowledgment that governments and the private sector should collaborate to develop effective policies and sustainable solutions.

As a response to incentives to work with the private sector, municipalities have expressed interest to potentially improve and maintain their NRW performance through Performance Based Contracts (PBCs). Meanwhile, many private service companies, particularly domestic and regional firms, would like to participate in and offer value-for-money services to water boards through PBC tenders. These private companies understand the market opportunity and possess the resources and skills necessary to provide quality offers. There are various types of PBCs, each with different risk allocations and different information requirements, that could be implemented depending on the circumstances of each municipality. Examples are the Physical Loss Reduction (DBOM) contract; the 24/7 Self-Optimizing Contract; the Cost-Plus (for use in Competitive Discovery) Contract; and the Incentivized Program Management Contract.

With support from the Public – Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), assistance will be provided for improving the financial and technical capacity of selected municipalities. Along with South Africa, PPIAF and the World Bank Group are supporting other countries in Africa and around the world manage their NRW, through a partnership with the International Water Association. Specifically, the intervention is expected to help: a) the institutional set-up of NRW units; b) develop a NRW Reduction Plan covering both technical and commercial aspects; c) produce a market scoping assessment that will assist in gaining a better understanding of private sector interests in providing financing in water and wastewater treatment solutions; and d) organize workshops to disseminate the findings of the NRW Plans and designs for NRW Performance Based Contracts.

The funding from PPIAF is a welcome financial and technical contribution to support water conservation and demand management measures with the private sector working closely together with the public sector to close the water gap by 2030.

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Recent Peru key steering committee meetings and working group meetings

Key meetings – 2030 Water Resources Group in Peru
November 2016 – March 2017

  • January 26, 2017
    Steering Committee Meeting – participation of 18 members of Board including Ministers of Environment, Minister of Social Inclusion, Vice minister of Sanitation, Director of Peruvian National Water Agency (ANA), President of SUNASS and Presidential Sherpa on the UN High Panel of Water . Agreements to create 6 new working groups on: Promotion of Private sector participation on Water, promotion of underground water regulations and tariffs, recognition of water responsible companies, water governance and social dialogue, public politics and water stress and climate change. Six members of the board were selected to chair working groups.

    Participants: 25 including 2030 WRG staff and facilitators

  • February 16, 2017
    Launching of Working Group No. 3- Promotion and recognition of water responsible companies- committee led by Director of Peruvian National Water Authority – Agreements: update of the Blue Certificate promoted by ANA to recognize water responsible firms- more companies to be invited to joint this initiative and an event to formally award companies with Blue Certificate taking place in April 2017

    Participants: 15

  • March 1, 2017
    Launching of Working Group No 2 for the regulation and monitoring of underground tariffs. Commitee led by Fernando Momiy, President of SUNASS- Presentations included a keynote speaker – Mr. Gonzalo Delacamara and the presentation of a research document on the importance to set up underground tariffs to industrial users.

    Participants: 35

  • March 10, 2017
    Launching of Working Group No. 4 for policy dialogue on Water Governance in Peru led by the Minister of the Environment, Mrs. Elsa Galarza. Presentations on our road map to promote the OECD Water Governance Initiative – Agreements to have presentations from mining and industrial sector on the difficulties and bureaucratic steps that hinder dialogue and promotion on water investments on their surrounding communities.

    Participants: 30

  • March 14, 2017
    Launching of Working Group No. 5 – Public policies on Water led by Ms. Midori de Habich, Researcher from the renowned Peruvian think tank, IEP – Presentations of the role of ANA and how to promote and support current public policies to address the importance of water resources management. Agreements: to discuss a new proposal for a more strategic role of ANA

    Participants: 15

New Program Manager SWPN appointed

Nick Tandi Siwi PhotoThe SWPN has appointed Nick Tandi as the new Program Manager. He assumed his duties as of March 1st, 2017. The SWPN is a multi-stakeholder platform, brokered by the 2030 WRG, chaired by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), and co-chaired by South African Breweries (SAB) on behalf of business.

Before joining the SWPN, Nick was Program Manager at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) where he co-led its work on mobilizing finance for water infrastructure in Africa. Nick was previously associated with the SWPN from 2013 – 2014 when he helped initiate many of the current working group projects. He also brings experience from the United Nations Development Programme and a SADC program called WaterNet, where he managed partnerships and their associated projects in different parts of the developing world.

Nick has an educational background in natural sciences (BSc with honors in Soil Science), social sciences (MSc Social Ecology) and more recently in development finance (post-graduate course).

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2030 WRG organizes the first meetings of the São Paulo Working Groups

On March 20, 2017, the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) organized the first meetings of the São Paulo Working Groups, which focused on (1) Water Demand Management, Reuse and Recycling; and (2) Sustainable Financing of Water Infrastructure.

The Metropolitan Region of São Paulo (MRSP) — the seventh most populous urban area in the world – includes the city of São Paulo and 38 other municipalities, where more than 20 million people live and generate between 20 to 30% of the Brazilian GDP. São Paulo was affected by an unprecedented drought during 2014 and 2015, one of the greatest water crisis in Latin America. The government of São Paulo and Sabesp (the publicly traded water and waste management company owned by São Paulo state) have invested heavily in wastewater treatment in recent years, and implemented innovative programs, but the persistent drought during 2014-2015 exposed São Paulo to a critical situation with severe economic and social impacts.

Given this background, the 2030 WRG was invited to support the development of multi-stakeholder platforms in São Paulo that can propose solutions to the local water challenges. In May 2016, 2030 WRG and World Bank staff, accompanied by a senior Brazilian consultant, traveled to São Paulo and met with stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society to determine if there was demand for a 2030WRG engagement. The meetings received positive feedback, helped identify the main challenges and opportunities of the water sector locally, and indicated that the 2030WRG approach (Analyze – Convene – Transform) could be most suitable.

An Introductory Workshop was then organized in November 2016 to discuss the main themes that had emerged from the May interviews. During the Workshop, representatives from the state government of São Paulo, private sector leaders, civil society and academia explored the challenges and opportunities in water resources management in São Paulo. The Government of the State of São Paulo was represented by the State Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources and President of the World Water Council, Dr. Benedito Braga, and the Deputy Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources, Dr. Monica Porto.

The workshop was hosted by Dow Chemical Company at its auditorium in São Paulo and was attended by approximately 40 senior delegates. The conclusions of the scoping mission held in May 2016 were presented during the workshop and 3 potential areas of work were discussed: (1) Water demand management, including water reuse and recycling; (2) Sustainable financing of water infrastructure (3) Economic/insurance support for water security, to manage risks. The first two working groups had strong participation and it was noted that they could quickly be operational as Thematic Groups in São Paulo State.

The Working Groups met recently, on March 20, 2017, focusing on (1) Water Demand Management, Reuse and Recycling; and (2) Sustainable Financing of Water Infrastructure. The day started with welcome remarks from Monica Porto, Deputy Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources for the State of São Paulo, who reiterated the Secretariat’s strong support to the work proposed by the 2030 WRG and also confirmed the importance of the proposed themes to São Paulo. Each Working Group engaged very quickly in the analysis of the themes, identified opportunities for studies and projects, and was able to develop an action plan for the next few months.

These meetings were held at the Law School of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), supported by their Infrastructure and Economic Solutions Working Group. A total of 46 participants from the state government, the private sector, industry associations, academia and civil society joined these discussions.

For more information and to participate, contact Julia Cadaval Martins ( or Alastair Morrison (

SWPN: Is South Africa’s water scarcity helping to drive new forms of partnership within the private sector?

Article submitted by the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN)*

As President Jacob Zuma launched the United Nations World Water Development Report 2017, stakeholders asked if South Africa’s water scarcity is helping to drive new forms of partnership within the private sector.

Speaking on behalf of the Global High-Level Panel on Water (of heads of state), President Zuma shared his thoughts on the global water situation yesterday, stating “We have the potential to create new and more positive economic and social developmental pathways”, making reference in part to the building of partnerships. The President was addressing a global audience hosted by the South Africa Water Sector for World Water Day on 22 March in Durban.

With more than one billion people in the world currently receiving water and wastewater services from the private sector, it was important for the ensuing discussion to address the question: could the private sector play a role in partnerships for water management in South Africa, differing from current practice? This would, among other things, lead to tapping into wastewater as a resource for various uses which was a key message from the United Nations World Water Development Report which the President launched in 2017.

Speaking in a debate at the same event, Martin Ginster – who heads up water management at Sasol, and co-leads work within the Strategic Water Partners Network (a public -private -civil society partnership) – gave some examples of how the private sector is already involved in a diversity of exploratory projects using non-traditional models of collaborating with government and civil society.

These models of collaboration go beyond the private sector carrying out measures to comply with regulation; delivering on water management contracts; or providing corporate social responsibility funds to government and NGOs. For example, through the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN), corporates in South Africa, working with the Department of Water and Sanitation and other stakeholders, are rolling out an innovative irrigation water management system that is so far saving an amount of water (55 million m3) annually that is about half the consumption of Nelson Mandela Bay. Mr Ginster pointed out that the intention goes beyond this water saving result, but that this and other projects bear the philosophy of developing a joint understanding of the precise water problems to be addressed, joint trials of solutions to solve the identified problems and transparency of intent and results by the partners.

Against a backdrop of an estimated 40% of public-private contracts prematurely cancelled in Africa, and similarly in South Africa where such public-private partnerships are not replicated, it was refreshing to see participants at the event addressing an old elephant in the room – trust between the public and private sector.

Nandha Govender, head of water management at Eskom, another co-leader at the SWPN, said that trust is a huge obstacle for public-private partnership. An emergent conclusion from the discussions was that no amount of contract sophistication can replace trust needed to enable public and private organisations working together. Mr Govender said that examples of collaboration, such as a Mine Water Coordinating Body in the Mpumalanga coal mining area, where coal mine companies and the government have carried out joint problem and opportunity analyses and are testing financial and institutional models for reducing pollution impacts from mining in the long term, enable such trust. This collaboration was borne out of the work of the SWPN and the relevant parties.

Even with growing water scarcity in South Africa, it appears that the public and private sectors in our country are pathfinders in developing collective action partnerships (and not just transactions) that enable a trust-building environment for sustainable public-private -civil society partnerships.

*The South Africa program is run by the South Africa Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN). Its Secretariat is hosted by the NEPAD Business Foundation.

CONAGUA and CCA host in Mexico Kick-off Meeting of the Sustainable Agri-water Public-Private Partnerships Initiative

The Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) and the CCA (Consejo Consultivo del Agua) hosted on the 9th of February 2017 the Kick-off Meeting of the Sustainable Agri-water Initiative at CONAGUA’s Headquarters in Mexico. The Initiative has the objective of enabling innovative forms of public-private partnerships to foster a more sustainable use of agri-water. The first stage of the Initiative will consist on carrying out feasibility analysis and business case development of 5 selected pilot projects. The 2030WRG is supporting the implementation of the Initiative by providing high-level technical assistance with the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), and in coordination with the IFC and World Bank offices in Mexico.

During the Kick-off Meeting, the Initiative’s Co-Chairs, Mr. Salomon Abedrop (Deputy Director of Planning of CONAGUA) and Mr. Francisco Mayorga (President of the Agri-water Committee of the CCA) highlighted the importance of finding new ways of financing agri-water projects – both greenfield and brownfield – in a context of severe budgetary constraints and the rising needs for the water-food security nexus. The Executive Director of the CCA, Mr. Juan José Huerta, welcomed the commencement of the Initiative’s work, emphasizing the need to foster multi-stakeholder participation throughout its implementation. Mr. Ary Naim, IFC Country Manager underlined the IFCs interests and capabilities to support PPP formation. The World Bank Senior Water Sector Specialist for Mexico highlighted the need to look at the projects from a wider perspective ensuring that local and regional impacts are carefully considered.

At the Meeting, we counted with the participation of the CONAGUAs personnel from the Planning and the Agri-water Deputy Directions, and representatives from the CCA’s Secretariat, members of the IFC Mexico Office, the World Bank, PWC’s Team and the 2030WRG. One important outcome of the Meeting was the setting up of a multi-agency technical committee that will help enable synergies between organisations.