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2030 WRG participates in Stockholm World Water Week 2015

Flying flags in StockholmThe 2030 Water Resources Group joined this year’s World Water Week 25th jubilee at the Stockholm City Conference Center in Sweden with a number of activities.

Sunday Seminar: Public Private Civil Society Platforms for Development

Obey Assery speaking

Obey Assery speaking during the Sunday Seminar on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships.

The Sunday seminar on Public Private and Civil Society Platforms for Development demonstrated the potential of action-oriented multi-stakeholder partnerships on water resources management in diverse contexts as Peru, India, South Africa and Tanzania. Key success factors and lessons from concrete water initiatives implemented through these MSPs were shared through high-level panel discussions focusing on how priority engagements are identified, balancing the needs of different stakeholders, and how innovative financing models can be applied for agri-technology acceleration, wastewater treatment and reuse, water conservation and cost-effective water storage infrastructure. Panelists included Rajendra Singh, 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, Oksana Nagayets from IFC, André Fourie and Meenakshi Sharma from SABMiller,  and various partner representatives from the WRG countries of engagement.

View a recording of the event on the SIWI website

Thursday Seminar: Innovative financing mechanisms to implement the SDGs

Anders Berntell in panel on new partnerships

2030 WRG participated in a TV talk show coordinated by the Swiss Water Partnership on innovative initiatives to maximize finance to implement the SDGs.


2030 WRG co-convened a session with the Swiss Water Partnership, The Gold Standard Foundation, World Vision, First Climate Markets AG and the Stockholm International Water Institute on innovative initiatives to maximize finance to implement the SDGs. Panelists discussed the various challenges and added value of getting new players on board, how to assure funding gets to the most vulnerable and excluded and corporate perspectives on water stewardship.

View a recording of the event on the SIWI website




SIWI Sofa on proven solutions for water use transformation

SIWI Sofa interview recording

SIWI Sofa interview recording with 2030 WRG and Arup on water scarcity solutions around the world.

Anders Berntell, 2030 WRG Executive Director and Mark Fletcher, Arup’s Global Water Director, discussed a source of currently available, replicable and practical solutions for water use transformation. The solutions have been collected in the 2030 WRG commissioned catalogue of case studies: ‘Managing Water Use in Scarce Environments’. In a podcast interview with Eric Paglia, the producer and host of, an environmental radio program, 15 newly added case studies were discussed as well as the scope of the cases in the extended catalogue, the general lessons that can be learned by comparing the case studies, how best practices are measured and assessed, and how they can be transferred and implemented from one region to another, and how the wider water sector can be mobilized to formulate and communicate such best practices in areas suffering from water scarcity.

2030 WRG booth and networking presentations

2030 WRG booth visitors WWWeek15The 2030 WRG team, country representatives and various invited partners from Africa, Asia and the LAC region welcomed a range of booth visitors at the open expo in front of the main conference hall. Partner organizations, conference participants, students and interested visitors from the City of Sweden engaged with 2030 WRG staff and affiliates in learning more about our activities in the countries of engagement.




Other activities

Alastair Morrison on Panel discussion during WWWeek 15

2030 WRG’s Alastair Morrison presented the group’s work with a focus on inclusive platforms and financing  in a number of other seminars including Rethinking Governance, and Integrating Financing for Water.

UP involvement in creation knowledge centre for river rejuvenation in India

Recently the 2030 WRG engaged with the Government of the State of Uttar Pradesh (GOUP) in India to work towards river rejuvenation and sustainable and equitable water management including good irrigation practices through participative multi-stakeholder processes in the State. The cooperation was triggered by the Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan movement, led by Rajendra Singh (Tarun Bharat Sangh NGO) and 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate), which mobilized local stakeholders in the Hindon sub-basin in the past 3 months.

The 2030 WRG and GOUP now intend to sign a Memorandum of Intent on rejuvenation of the State’s rivers in the State of Uttar Pradesh. The MoI encompasses (amongst others) the creation of an Advanced Action Oriented Knowledge Centre “Water for Rivers”. Purpose of the Knowledge Centre is to identify actionable river rejuvenation practices from India and beyond, mobilize investments and facilitate implementation from an integrated water resources management perspective. The Knowledge Centre will initially focus on the Hindon River basin but with the potential of expansion to serve other Ganga sub-basins in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh. The Hindon River is a side-tributary of the Yamuna River and thus part of the Ganga River basin.

During the Stockholm World Water Week 2015 a high-level brainstorm session was held to discuss the establishment of the Advanced Action Oriented Knowledge Centre for River Rejuvenation in Uttar Pradesh (India). Participants included representatives from knowledge institutes, civil society, government and private sector.

Our Partners

Building on the national government’s prioritization of water efficiency and wastewater treatment, 2030 WRG is facilitating structured engagement with multiple stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, civil society, academia, research organizations, and international agencies to develop best practice solutions and replicable partnership models for water management in the basin.

We are currently working with the following actors across different engagements:

  • Municipal & Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Reuse: National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)/ Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), World Bank, Deloitte, AECOM, Indian Institute of Technology, in addition to consultations with various private sector actors.
  • Area-Based Implementation Approaches (e.g. Hindon): Government of Uttar Pradesh, Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan (spearheaded by the Waterman of India, Shri Rajendra Singh), India Water Partnership, CSIRO, IBM, and a network of grassroots partners.
  • Agri Water Use Efficiency: Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF), The Energy & Resources Institute, CEEW, Global Water Partnership, IWMI and others.

Collaborating with GIZ on urban water risk management solutions in Africa

GIZ agreement signedStockholm, August, 2015 — GIZ through its International Water Stewardship Programme (IWaSP) signed an agreement with 2030 WRG to collaborate on raising awareness and convening stakeholders to identify urban water risk-management solutions in Kenya and elsewhere. The collaboration will start with a joint multi-stakeholder effort to improve the water balance in the Nairobi catchment.

Urban water management is a growing challenge for many of the world’s fast growing developing cities.  Cities in Kenya are no exception.  In particular, in the capital Nairobi, a combination of decreasing ground water levels, flooding, degradation of the catchment area, and uncontrolled waste disposal together risk jeopardizing the sustainability of the city’s expansion, as well as creating major water issues for user downstream. This is a challenge not just for governments, but also for the private sector and society at large.  Private companies in Kenya for instance are increasingly recognizing that availability and quality of water is a potentially substantial risk, and are seeking ways and means to address that risk.

Anders Berntell, 2030 WRG Executive Director said: “Solving these complex and intertwined challenges can therefore benefit substantially from collective action and new partnerships.  In response, 2030 WRG has recently launched the Kenya 2030 WRG partnership which will drive collaboration and action amongst stakeholders on priority issues such as urban water management.”

One key partner in this endeavor is GIZ, who have already taken an active role in raising awareness and convening stakeholders to identify urban water risk-management solutions in Kenya and elsewhere.  “The International Water Stewardship Programme improves water security for people and companies. This can only be achieved by cooperative effort of civil society, private and public sector organisations. In collaborating with  2030 WRG, IWaSP aims to move water risks in Nairobi up on the agenda. With the results of the joint assessment we hope to lay a firm basis for mobilizing many actors to identify sustainable joint solutions,” said André Lammerding, programme manager of IWaSP.

About IWaSP

IWaSP is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID). IWaSP enables public sector, private sector and civil society actors to reach consensus on water risks and solutions, and partner to implement joint action plans. Currently IWaSP supports twelve partnerships in 7 countries with more than over 50 partners, improving ecosystem protection, water supply access, infrastructure investment and water governance.

Bangladesh water security issues addressed in newly established partnership

Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17 August — With the endorsement of the Bangladesh Ministry of Water Resources, 2030 WRG has recently facilitated the creation of an open and inclusive multi-stakeholder platform with key partners concerned with the water security of Bangladesh. 

Earlier in March of this year, deep dives into the Bangladesh water challenges were presented as part of the final recommendations from the two hydro-economic analyses on water resources management and industrial water use at a multi-stakeholder workshop under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Minister of Water Resources. The meeting was organized by 2030 WRG in collaboration with the Water Resources Planning Organization (WARPO) under the Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR), WWF and H&M. Over 70 participants from the government, private sector, NGOs, development partners and civil society organizations also joined the discussions on the scope of the Bangladesh 2030 WRG Partnership program, as well as issues around water governance, the Greater Dhaka Watershed Restoration and efficiency in agricultural water use.

State of Karnataka funds 250 million USD in drip irrigation programs

Bangalore, July 2015 — Through the catalytical role of 2030 WRG, the State government of Karnataka committed an investment of 250 million USD to fund the implementation of drip irrigation programs for the production of sugarcane across the state.

With over 430,000 hectares under sugarcane cultivation and sugar output of 4 million tons, the state of Karnataka accounts for 8.3 percent of India’s area and ten percent of its sugar production, respectively (S. Nijalingappa Sugar Institute, CACP report, 2014). However, the prevalent practice of flood irrigation in the sector is leading to sub-optimal utilization of constrained water resources.

Playing a key role in convening financial institutions, sugar mills, farmer organizations, and government around agri-technology finance, 2030 WRG is facilitating the development of concrete and implementable financing solutions for drip irrigation in sugarcane in Karnataka.  The focus on business benefits is also driving a paradigm shift in the traditionally subsidy-driven approach for drip adoption nationally. The engagement is analyzing the potential for creation of ‘smart’ subsidies, whereby subsidies serve as market-linked policies, which incentivize unlocking of bankfinance for micro irrigation.

Endorsing 2030 WRG’s role, Aravind Galagali, Director, Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited (KBJNL), Water Resources Department, Government of Karnataka elaborated: “As a neutral catalyst with a global presence and strong networks across the private sector, 2030 WRG offers an inclusive yet market-based approach by mobilizing large-scale funding for drip irrigation for sugarcane in Karnataka. Facilitating the interaction between the sugar industry, financial institutions and technology solution providers, the engagement will unlock one of the key bottlenecks hindering agri-technology adoption in the state and nationally, namely, finance.”

Proposed to be guided by a multi-stakeholder committee composed of the state’s leading financial institutions, sugar mills, government, and other enabling agencies, the engagement will facilitate the exchange of information among stakeholders on an ongoing basis for effective tracking of results. 

BRAC confirmed participation to 2030 WRG Governing Council

BRAC logoBRAC has confirmed its official membership participation to the 2030 WRG Governing Council. This was approved in the last GC meeting, held during the World Economic Forum Annual Meetings at the end of January.

BRAC is an international development organization based in Bangladesh. It is the largest non-governmental development organization in the world. Established by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 1972 soon after the independence of Bangladesh, BRAC is present in all 64 districts of Bangladesh as well as in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Haiti and the Philippines.

BRAC employs over 100,000 people, roughly 70 percent of whom are women, reaching more than 126 million people. The organization is 70-80% self-funded through a number of commercial enterprises that include a dairy and food project and a chain of retail handicraft stores called Aarong. BRAC maintains offices in 14 countries throughout the world, including BRAC USA and BRAC UK.

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River Rejuvenation through Community Participation: Hindon River Basin

June 11, 2015

Har Ki Pairi, Hardwar in India. By Lord of the Wings.In partnership with Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan (JJJA), spearheaded by the Waterman of India, Rajendra Singh, 2030 WRG stepped up its commitment to the river Ganga Rejuvenation program through a program focused on the Hindon river basin. A highly polluted, 400 kilometer stretch, the Hindon river flows across the industrial belt of Western Uttar Pradesh, where multiple factories and slaughter houses discharge largely untreated waste into its waters.

Aiming at the building of a participatory water resources management approach for the rejuvenation and revival of the Hindon Basin, the JJJA team organized a first workshop in June to bring together key actors – government, private sector and industry, community, academia, civil society, and water practitioners to brainstorm solutions, enable the formation of a water alliance and drive accountability.  2030 WRG, as a founding associate, facilitated the group discussions to map the opportunities and solutions for the river’s revival.  The pathway of change identified collectively by the stakeholders included a focus on municipal, industrial and agri-water interventions, demarcation and notification of the river into multiple sections, need for centralized and decentralized wastewater treatment plants, and accountability for water flow into rivers at the level of the government, private sector, and community.

Forming allies with Mexico’s National Water Commission to face water challenges

Mexico City, July 2015 — The National Water Commission in Mexico, CONAGUA, has signed a Cooperation Accord with 2030 WRG in July to collaborate on a joint program that comprises three main initiatives: the development of a capital investment prioritization system, the analysis of the challenges and opportunities for private sector involvement in the water sector and the establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform. These actions will support CONAGUA’s response to mounting national level budgetary constraints resulting from adverse international economic pressures.

Water resources management in Mexico is organized through 13 Hydrological Administrative Regions (HARs) for planning, programming and management purposes. Each of these regions faces different water security challenges. For example the north and north-eastern territories suffer from extreme droughts and the south and south-eastern areas from severe floods. The Central Highlands face extreme and increasing inter-sector water use competition.

The 2030WRG/CONAGUA joint initiative for developing a capital investment prioritization system will engage in the assessment and prioritization of the CONAGUA’s portfolio of investments in some of the most strategic HARs (and their planning units) of the country in terms of their contribution to GDP, the severity of their water security challenges, and other important socio-economic and environmental criteria. The output will allow CONAGUA and other stakeholders (i.e. the private sector) to identify the most strategic projects for financing.

Water in Mexico is considered a national asset. The administration of water is a responsibility of the President of Mexico, who delegates it to the National Water Commission. The National Water Commission is an administrative, normative, technical, consultative and decentralized agency of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT). CONAGUA’s tasks include the administration of the National Waters, Management and control of the hydrologic system and the Promotion of social development.



Prioritizing water sector investments in Peru

Lima, 24 June, 2015 — A hydro-economic analysis on the prioritization of water sector investments in key, stressed catchments in Peru was recently finalized and presented to a high-level audience, representing a large number of authorities from different sectors. The National Water Authority of Peru (ANA) has formally adopted the results of the prioritization study by adopting the methodology as a legal norm across the whole country.

The “Hydro-Economical Analysis and Prioritization of Water Resource Initiatives in Peru” report  describes the processes and outcomes of a review of water resources development interventions, the application of a hydro-economic tool, and a review of political, social and environmental impacts. The report identifies a list of prioritized investments in each of the six coastal basins, and the three catchments close to the capital Lima. The analysis provides key recommendations for each sector to take an active role in projects that improve water resources management in Peru and help close the potential gap between projected water demand and sustainable supply.

The Steering Board members of the Peru 2030 WRG Partnership will continue to support and advise the working groups in identifying tangible projects to be implemented. With more than 70 relevant actors in the three working groups (1) economic incentives for sustainable water management, (2) PPPs for sustainable watersheds and (3) innovative financial solutions for investments in water projects, the Peru partnership has quickly grown into a very dynamic and diverse multi-stakeholder platform and become the natural forum to discuss strategic water resources issues in Peru.


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Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the World Bank Group join hands to Further Strengthen Delta Management         

Bangladesh MoU signing

Bangladesh MoU signing

Dhaka, June 16, 2015 – The government of Bangladesh signed an agreement today with the Netherlands and the World Bank Group including its private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with the 2030 Water Resources Group to strengthen management of the Bangladesh Delta, Asia’s largest and the world’s most populated delta. The partnership will help to develop and implement the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, a long term and holistic vision for the Bangladesh Delta, and help to realize Bangladesh’s goal of becoming a middle-income country by 2021 while maintaining the unique biodiversity and physical characteristics of the delta.

The Bangladesh Delta planning exercise is to a great extent concerned with water and land resources management but it takes a holistic approach by encompassing other relevant sectors (such as agriculture, industry, transport, energy, etc.), which are critical for economic growth and relevant for environmental management. The Bangladesh Delta Plan (BDP) 2100 will also include the forming of appropriate governance apparatus to facilitate inter-ministerial coordination and a Delta Fund to make investments into delta infrastructure possible. The Delta Fund, once established, will be a block allocation of 2% of the GDP (total GDP estimate by World Bank for 2013 was $150 billion) contributed by not only the government but also the private sector. The 2030 WRG and IFC will work to facilitate and mobilize private capital in the various infrastructure projects related to water resources management under the BDP 2100 partnership. The 2030 WRG will also facilitate inputs from the private sector and civil society to improve the enabling environment for more private sector investments in water infrastructure.

Bangladesh’s location, high poverty levels and population density makes it especially vulnerable to the impact of climate change and the large economic losses that come with it,” said Johannes Zutt, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh.The Delta Plan 2100 seeks to address this very challenge by building greater delta resilience and sustainability to benefit millions of people whose lives and livelihoods depend on this unique environment and to protect it for future generations.

Houseboat Meghna River Bangladesh

Boys use long poles to guide their Houseboat on the Meghna River. Photo: Scott Wallace / World Bank

Two-thirds of Bangladesh lies in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta and calls for special focus to sustainable delta management. Beset by an already high and growing population density along with growing urbanization, proper planning and management of the delta will secure Bangladesh’s future development over the next decades through improving water safety, food security, and disaster resilience.

The Delta Plan aims to create a long-term vision for delta management, prepare for different scenarios and responses, identify and organize government institutions to address challenges and create and facilitate a long-term investment program bolstered by private sector participation and development partners.  “Greater delta resilience and sustainability will build a stronger foundation for poverty reduction and development,” said Lia Carol Sieghart, Program Leader, World Bank.

The partnership among the Government of Bangladesh, the Netherlands and the World Bank Group will facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information among the participating governments and the World Bank Group; identifying and implementing joint activities; and, building on respective expertise and capacity. The agreement builds upon another agreement signed between Bangladesh and the Netherlands in 2012.

Like all delta countries, Bangladesh and the Netherlands share a common cause to manage these complex environments. They are, therefore, natural partners in the exchange of knowledge and know-how,” said Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands while also stressing the importance of a preventive approach to reduce the risk of disasters.

Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands, added “the Bangladesh Delta Plan can only be a success if it benefits all people in Bangladeshi society”. She urged in that connection “to give proper attention also to the interests, views and roles of the poor, the landless people and within those groups particularly to women”.

Over the last decades, the Bangladesh government has invested more than $10 billion to make the country less vulnerable to natural disasters. Measures as strengthening river embankments, building emergency cyclone shelters, and developing world class community-based early warning systems have significantly reduced the loss of life and livelihoods and property damages caused by extreme weather events.

“The partnership and the plan are so vital because meeting the immense water challenges requires resources and commitment from many actors. This plan will unite government, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and the private sector in Bangladesh for the benefit of the inhabitants of the delta,” said Anders Berntell, 2030 Water Resources Group Executive Director who signed the MoU on behalf of IFC / 2030 WRG.

The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Lilianne Ploumen,  Lia Carol Sieghart, and Anders Berntell, on behalf of the Government of Bangladesh, the Government of the Netherlands, the World Bank and IFC/ 2030 WRG respectively at the Economic Relations Division.

World Bank contacts:

  • Washington DC: Yann Doignon,
  • Bangladesh: Mehrin A. Mahbub (880) 2 8159001,

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