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2030 WRG activities at Stockholm World Water Week 2017

This year’s Stockholm World Water Week will be held from August 27, 2017 until September 1st, 2017.

Please join our activities, visit the booth and meet our delegation in Sweden at the upcoming Stockholm World Water Week 2017. See our events overview below.

UPCOMING EVENTS | World Water Week 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden

Sunday, 27 August
2030 WRG Country Initiatives: Blending Partnerships and Finance for Water Security
14:00-15:30 | Venue: FH Cabaret

Wednesday, 30 August
Water stewardship: Different ways but same objectives?
11:00-12:30 | Venue: NL 357

Thursday, August 31
Financing Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery
09:00-15:30 | Venue: NL Music Hall

Thursday, 31 August
Private Finance and Equitable Delivery of WASH Services
11:00-12:30 | Venue: FH 300


Please visit us at booth #9 at the expo: come find some interesting reports and meet some of our staff from all over the world.


2030 WRG Delegation in Stockholm this year

    – Anders Berntell (Executive Director)
    – Alida Pham (Global Comms Lead)
    – Julia Cadaval Martins (Project Coordinator)
    – Dianelva Montas (Program Assistant)
    – Michel Leushuis (Senior Financial Expert)
  • ASIA
    – Bastiaan Mohrmann (Regional Co-Head Asia)
    – Christoph Jakob (Regional Co-Head Asia)
    – Rochi Khemka (Regional Coordinator)
    – Aparna Arora (Communications Officer, Asia)
    – Tanzeem Qayyum (Bangladesh Rep)
    – Paban Chowdhury (Chairman, BEZA)
    – Bulgan Tumendemberel (Director General of the Green Development Policy and Planning Department, Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism of Mongolia)
    – Odbayar Bazargochoo (Consultant at 2030 WRG)
  • LAC
    – Cesar Fonseca (acting Regional Head LAC)
    – Mercedes Castro (Chair, Peru 2030 WRG Partnership and Sherpa to the UN/World Bank High-Level Panel on Water)
    – Joy Busolo (Kenya Country Rep)
    – Teshome Beyene Berhe (Ethiopia Country Rep)


For questions about our representation in Stockholm at the World Water Week please contact Alida Pham (

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

Mumbai, Wednesday, August 7, 2017: The Government of Maharashtra (GOM) and 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), in a pioneering move launched the Maharashtra Water Resources ‘Multi-Stakeholder Platform’ (Maharashtra Water – MSP) in Mumbai today, to address critical water resources challenges in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Water – MSP, chaired by the Chief Secretary GOM, Sumit Mullick, brings together key decision makers from the public sector, private sector and civil society to forge partnerships for sustainable and scalable solutions, empowered by 2030 WRG’s hydro-economic analysis.

Emphasising the importance of a multi-stakeholder partnership approach, Mullick stated that, “government can only solve the serious water problem with the active and enthusiastic participation of the private sector and civil society. We have an opportunity to work together, to ensure there is enough water for our farmers to grow their crops, for our industries to provide employment and for the rivers to continue flowing. If Maharashtra is to keep growing while maintaining social equity and environmental sustainability, we need to not only balance competing needs but also significantly improve the efficiency of our water use.”

Studies show that Maharashtra faces a high risk to climate change with longer dry spells, more frequent droughts and high-intensity rainfall. Already, farmers in rain-fed areas of Marathwada and Vidarbha are hard hit by recurrent droughts. However, a recent 2030 WRG’s hydro-economic analysis shows that Maharashtra can achieve 6% agricultural growth in rain-fed areas by shifting to higher value crops, and through better and more efficient water use and management.

Bastiaan Mohrmann, Co-Lead, Asia, 2030 WRG, revealed that under the leadership of the Department of Agriculture (GOM), 2030 WRG has convened key private sector and civil society representatives. The Maharashtra Water – MSP will be working together to develop a comprehensive program that improves the livelihoods of and strengthens the resilience of marginal and smallholder farmers in Maharashtra.

Mohrmann said, “We are developing a project proposal for USD 270 million in funding from the Green Climate Fund, a body which aims to scale up climate change adaptation in rain-fed agricultural areas to implemented across Marathwada and Vidarbha, and aligned with the World Bank-funded Project on Climate Resilient Agriculture (PoCRA), resulting in nearly USD 1 billion worth of investments towards drought-proofing Maharashtra rain-fed agriculture.”

Agriculture uses 80% of the freshwater in the state. Bijay Kumar (IAS), Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture, GOM, iterated the importance of devising strategies to grow agriculture while conserving water as much as possible. “We need to ensure farmers have access to water and that they use it efficiently. This requires models for best practice and technology acceleration, finance facilitation and collaborative approaches for implementation”.

The Maharashtra Water Resources Department is the nodal agency that convenes the MSP. As the Principle Secretary for Water Resources, I.S. Chahal (IAS) said, “The Government’s goal is to ensure that at least 1.2 of the 1.5 million hectares under sugar cultivation in the state uses drip irrigation technology by 2019. This saves up to 40% of the water while increasing productivity. However, so far, only 2.5 lakh hectares are covered and if we are to meet our goals we have to involve all relevant stakeholders including farmers, sugar mills, banks and government departments. The MSP can certainly be instrumental in accelerating such collaboration”.

The MSP can also tackle other sectoral issues in the future such as water use efficiency and treatment in the urban and industrial sectors. For example, elsewhere in India, MSPs with the help of 2030 WRG have been instrumental in setting up processes for the reuse of treated wastewater by industry, saving scarce freshwater for other uses. In other countries, MSPs have supported models for wastewater treatment to reduce the pollution of waterways and rivers.

Water is increasingly becoming a scarce commodity in Maharashtra, with about half the state facing a deficit of water supply. Multi-stakeholder partnerships such as the one launched today in Maharashtra support much-needed synergies to pool together the leadership, capacities, and resources of different stakeholders towards the common goal of water security and economic growth.

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.

World Bank Water Global Practice to host 2030 WRG in new phase

Washington, DC – The World Bank Water Global Practice has agreed to host the 2030 Water Resources Group program from January 1st, 2018 onward. The 2030 WRG Governing Council, together with the World Bank Water GP and the IFC, the current host organization since 2012, have made this strategic decision to accommodate opportunities for larger scale impact as the program is set to expand its operations.

At the World Bank Water GP the program will be anchored in the department with the greatest subject matter expertise and experience on water. 2030 WRG can leverage this knowledge base to innovate, leverage key relationships in the water space and become part of the overall architecture of those providing thought leadership and development solutions, including a closer connection with the High-Level Panel on Water.

The multi-stakeholder approach, fostered by 2030 WRG, offers a very valuable platform for the World Bank Group for dialogue with key private sector players around water policy issues in countries. 2030 WRG’s work with governments at the country level, mainly related to a reform agenda, is aligned with the mandate of the World Bank Water Global Practice. It can leverage these multi-stakeholder platforms to help governments move forward important reform opportunities. In addition, the membership of 2030 WRG’s Governing Council and Steering Board offers a unique and powerful platform from which to discuss and mobilize influence at the global level as well as gain traction through the country programs.

IFC will support the delivery of ongoing programs and will facilitate the transition to the World Bank Water Global Practice in the coming period. IFC remains a committed partner to 2030 WRG, especially helping the private sector engage in strategic dialogues related to water resources management. Going forward, IFC will continue to provide funding for the next three-year cycle and has appointed representatives who serve on the Governing Council and Steering Board.

Vietnam – a high level analysis

Vietnam is a country that faces diverse water-related challenges whilst experiencing strong economic growth. To respond to these challenges, a partnership facilitated by the 2030 WRG between the Government of Vietnam, the private sector and civil society is currently being explored, to identify and align joint initiatives to work towards sustainable water resources management.

2030 WRG has initiated a high-level analysis of the water sector in Vietnam with ARUP as technical partner, focused on estimating the water demand-supply gap, assessing ongoing initiatives, and identifying potential cost-effective and technically feasible solutions to close the gap. A multi-stakeholder advisory board was established to guide the analysis. On the basis of the analysis and stakeholder inputs, select deep dives were conducted to provide insight into ‘high impact’ areas for a potential future work plan in Vietnam.

  • Alternate Wet and Dry (AWD) Rice Management Practice:
    Rice is the dominant crop grown in Vietnam and accounts for 58% of the total irrigated area. Water efficiency measures in rice production can have a great impact on reducing agricultural water demand. AWD has the potential to reduce demand by 30% and is endorsed by the Government of Vietnam as a technical innovation. The Government of Vietnam aims to apply AWD in 1 million ha of paddy rice by 2020.  AWD also results in yield increases which could present a business case for farmers.
  • Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC):
    HCMC is the economic hub of Vietnam with an estimated gross domestic product (GDP) of $43.7 bn. HCMC is projected to be ‘water stressed’ by 2030. Currently only 10% of HCMC’s municipal wastewater being treated. The government plans to increase the treatment capacity to 100% by 2030. It is estimated that HCMC’s estimated non-potable water demand can be met with wastewater treated to appropriate standards.
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Reuse around Hanoi (Nhue-Day Basin):
    Despite legislative requirements, most facilities do not have wastewater treatment plants. As per the Analysis, it is suggested to explore opportunities to improve the legal framework and create incentives for sustainable water resources management. Opportunities can also be explored with infrastructure development companies around financing arrangements and commercialization of Centralized Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) and industrial water reuse systems.
  • Water Efficiency for Coffee Production in the Central Highlands:
    Excessive groundwater abstraction for coffee production causes groundwater depletion and water shortages. Applying precision irrigation, could result in significant reduction in water demand, while potentially increasing yields and reducing input costs.

The deep dives provide an improved understanding of the impact, cost and barriers of implementation of analyzed measures. They also provide an indicative roadmap on implementation and relevant stakeholders.

The analysis for a sample basin is shown in the box below:

Dong Nai River Basin has about 4% if the nation’s water and produces 28% of GDD. It is home to Ho Chi Minh City and well developed industrial complexes.

Dong Nai River Basin will be “water stressed” by dry season in 2030 and a total water demand reduction of 1.8 billion m3/year will be required to move to a “low water stress” state. A set of water reduction measures are assessed in a cost curve below aiming to close the water demand and supply gap and to move the basin to less water stressed state by 2030. Besides the cost-effective agriculture measures, municipal and industrial water treatment and reuse intervention should be part of the solution basket (linked to the deep dive of the Municipal Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Ho Chi Minh City). Total cost for basin wide approach could mount up to 650 million dollars.


Vietnam Highlevel analysis figure

Caption: SERC River Basin – cost curve of solutions to close the dry season water gap and reduce water stress to ‘low water stress’ in 2030

Mine Water Coordinating Body established in South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa – A pioneering Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB) has been established as an outcome of collaboration under the Strategic Water Partners Network (SWPN), the South Africa partnership of the 2030 WRG.  The MWCB, active since early 2017, brings together the mining industry and government to find solutions to the complex regulatory, institutional and financial barriers to improved mine water treatment and reuse, with an initial focus on the Mpumalanga Coalfields. 

To date, the MWCB has attracted Anglo, Eskom, Exxaro, Glencore, Sasol and South 32 as private sector partners and is working closely with the Department of Sanitation (DWS) and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) who are key government bodies governing the mining sector. The MWCB is also engaging with other government departments to attract additional public sector support for their projects and initiatives. Effective regional management is important in addressing the long-term impacts of mine affected water, including acid rock drainage, acid mine drainage and saline drainage.


The MWCB has a number of projects in the pipeline, including the Mine Water for Irrigation Project, The Green Engine, Arnot Regional Water Scheme and the Regional Post-closure Economic Study for the Coalfields.

The Mine Water for Irrigation project is a research study to investigate the use of saline water that meets agricultural quality standards in irrigating saline resistance crops such as wheat and soya. The study will extend over a total of 60Ha of both rehabilitated pits and nearby unmined land. The study will take place over 5 years to assess the longer term impact of irrigation on the local groundwater quality.

The Green Engine is an exciting project that, if successful, will change the way we view mine closure. It is aimed at demonstrating the viability of an integrated land stewardship model where mine owned land, renewable energy and treated mined water will work together in an integrated system to develop various business opportunities that will benefit local communities.

The Arnot Regional Water Scheme is a project that will explore the opportunity the develop a regional water treatment plant in the Arnot area to treat excess mine water from several mining operations and identifying economically viable uses for the treated water.

Regional Post-closure Economic Study for the Coalfields

Before regional closure can be successfully planned and implemented it is important to first understand what the potential economic opportunities for the region are, in particular, what new industries can be introduced post mine closure.

This study will investigate these opportunities, research implementing partners as well as ensure that government planning at national, provincial and local levels is integrated in the closure planning process. The study will identify sustainable projects which will in turn guide mining organizations with their rehabilitation and water management planning.


For more information on the MWCB and its activities in South Africa, please contact

Vicki Shaw
Programme Manager
Mine Water Coordinating Body (MWCB)

Blueprint for National Water Accounting in India

2030 WRG in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MOWR) and India-EU Water Partnership, is supporting the development of a blueprint for water accounting in India.

This blueprint builds upon international experiences, with the overall objective to:

  • Provide an architecture for appropriate policy decisions at the national and state-level, towards sustainable, equitable, and economics-driven water use;
  • Develop indicators and data-sets to analyze trends in water consumption, availability, efficiency, cost recovery, economic productivity, and quality for appropriate demand-side management at scale;
  • Support the prioritization of investments aimed at enhancing water efficiency/ quality improvements and mitigating negative impacts on the environment.


As with many other countries in the world, India has been facing a severe deterioration of services associated with freshwater ecosystems, mainly due to pollution and over-abstraction. At the same time, water-related extreme events like floods and droughts significantly hit the society and economy. Such problems are aggravated by gaps in policy, governance systems, infrastructure and technologies, and their effects are more relevant than in other countries due to the large number of poor, and a high dependency on water. The global trends – including climate change, population increases and rising demands for food and energy – make water management more difficult and conflictive.

Water balance approaches

This is the context for the challenging task to design a blueprint for improved water resources management and a water indicator system in India. To make water use sustainable and to manage demand, the immediate and most urgent need is to undertake scientific water resources assessment and planning. In this pursuit, water accounting plays an important role. The outputs of such water balance approaches can be utilized by policy makers to make decisions on water allocation, by aligning information from different institutions, in order to analyse trends and accelerate demand-side water management solutions.

Consultative process

With the aim of developing such a blueprint, 2030 WRG has been facilitating a multi-stakeholder consultative process in order to identify needed priority interventions and mobilize stakeholder interest towards using such a framework for better water management practices. Four stakeholder workshops have been conducted in 2017 as a part of this initiative.

During these workshops, two task forces on water quality and water efficiency have been operationalized, with participation across stakeholder groups.


With respect to water quality, the immediate priority for indicator and dashboard development is the Ganga Basin, aligned with the National Mission for the Clean Ganga initiative and the Smart Cities program, aimed at targeting areas with the maximum untreated wastewater. Based on the dashboards developed, priority actions will be initiated as a next step, including private sector and industry participation for wastewater treatment.

Water quality monitoring requires the identification of critical parameters, strategic locations for monitoring sites, standardized protocols for laboratory measurements, appropriate frequency of data collection, and a focus on flows in addition to water quality, for an integrated approach to pollution loads and biodiversity considerations.

Decision making toolkits

Under the water efficiency task force, the focus is on developing toolkits for decision-making on water efficiency and productivity at a river basin scale, including the use of remote sensing technology. This track focuses on building institutional capacity within central- and state-level institutions, academic institutions, civil society, and enabling organizations to drive water efficiency and productivity improvements among strategic basins, including the pilot basins of Tapi and Cauvery. The Tapi Basin engagement will align with 2030 WRG’s recently launched Maharashtra Multi-Stakeholder Platform to drive stakeholder-based approaches to water accounting. Such approaches will accelerate private sector and civil society involvement for efficiency in agricultural, urban and industrial settings.

A ‘Project Management Unit’ has been established within Central Water Commission to coordinate water accounting activities and roll-out this approach in the country.

2030 WRG receives Honorary Government Diploma Mongolia

On July 6, 2017, the Mongolian Minister of Environment and Tourism conferred an Honorary Government Diploma to Christoph Jakob, 2030 WRG Regional Co-Head Asia.

The certificate was presented by the State Secretary Ts. Tsengel early July in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, for the recognition and strong appreciation of the ongoing work in the country.

2030 WRG organizes Water Reuse Roundtable in São Paulo

On July 3, 2017, the 2030 WRG organized the second meeting of the Demand Management and Reuse working group in São Paulo and it was an opportunity to deepen the debate about reuse in Brazil and São Paulo. The meeting had the format of a roundtable in which presenters discussed studies developed by the University of São Paulo (USP), the Brazilian National Water Agency (ANA), the National Confederation of Industries (CNI) and the Ministry of Cities.

After the presentations, participants of the working group had the opportunity to ask questions and to start identifying the main issues that need to be explored by the São Paulo multi-stakeholder platform.

Introducing the 2030 WRG São Paulo Representative

Stela Goldenstein joined the 2030 Water Resources Group team as Representative for its program in São Paulo, Brazil. She has assumed her duties as of July 1st, 2017.

Stela is a geographer and brings an extensive experience from working with the public sector in Brazil, at the federal, state and municipal levels focusing on environmental, water resources, housing, and urban planning and development policies. She was part of the development of the Environment Council and the Environment Secretariat of the State of São Paulo. In the Environment Secretariat, she was Coordinator of Environmental Planning; Sub-Secretary and Secretary of Environment of the State of São Paulo. She was also Municipal Secretary of Environment of the City of São Paulo. She coordinated, representing the environmental sector, the definition of the environmental legislation of water resources and the implementation of the Hydrographic Basin Committees in the State of São Paulo.

Before joining the 2030 WRG, Stela was the executive director of the NGO Águas Claras do Rio Pinheiros. She is a council member of other associations and has also worked with the private sector as an environmental management consultant.

To learn more about the São Paulo program, please read our post about the first meetings of the São Paulo Working Groups.

For more information and to participate, contact Stela Goldenstein ( or Julia Cadaval Martins (

MoU signed with the Sao Paulo Water and Sanitation Secretariat

São Paulo, 03 July 2017 – The São Paulo State Secretariat of Sanitation and Water Resources and the 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) signed a memorandum of understanding on July 3rd, 2017, to design and implement various initiatives that will promote water security in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

The MoU was signed by Benedito Braga, São Paulo State Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources and President of the World Water Council, Monica Porto, Deputy Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources, and Anders Berntell, Executive Director of the 2030 WRG.

After the unprecedented drought that affected the state of São Paulo in 2014-2015, the 2030 WRG had been invited to investigate whether the development of multi-stakeholder platforms in São Paulo could strengthen solutions to the local water challenges. Following several interviews, meetings and workshops, 3 potential areas of work have been identified: (1) Water demand management, including water reuse and recycling; (2) Sustainable financing of water infrastructure; and (3) Economic/insurance support for water security, to manage risks.

With the signing of the MoU, the 2030 WRG and the São Paulo State Secretariat of Sanitation and Water Resources will join efforts in the development of a multi-stakeholder platform in the state of São Paulo.