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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.

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

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Call for innovative water scarcity solutions

If you know any initiatives that focus on reducing water use or managing water risk globally, help us share your best practices with the larger water community.

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  • Where was your initiative located?
  • What were the objectives and outcomes of the intervention?
  • When was the intervention undertaken?
  • What data is available?
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Water Scarcity Catalog

The Global Rationale

Water scarcity is also viewed as a top threat to society by heads of states, business and non-profits, as reported in the 10th Global Risk Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and there is predicted to be a 40% gap by 2030 in demand and availability of freshwater according to 2030 WRG. Recent droughts in California and Sao Paolo highlight some of the increasing challenges faced by decision makers around the world from both the (developed and developing) in balancing the need for municipal water supply for citizens, the needs of agriculture and industry, and the maintenance of environmental flows to protect the river basin ecosystems.

The 2030 Water Resources Group is taking a leading role in identifying and publishing examples of initiatives that have been implemented to manage water scarcity. In 2013, on behalf of the 2030 Water Resources Group, Arup identified 40 case studies from around the world that showcased such innovative solutions in ‘Managing Water Use in Scarce Environments: A Catalogue of Case Studies’. The publication inspires action and is utilized throughout the world by leading industry, policy makers and the 2030 WRG country programs.

Revised and updated
Based on the positive feedback WRG received from various stakeholders on the first edition of the Catalogue of Case Studies, 2030 WRG initiated a second phase of the project which will identify a further 40 case studies. The online catalogue with a number of new case studies has recently been launched at the 25th Stockholm World Water Week in Sweden.  The revised publication ‘Managing Water Use in Scarce Environments: A Catalogue of Case Studies’, will analyze projects where actions were taken to address the water scarcity. These new case studies will utilize the simple but robust framework and assessment methodology used to evaluate projects presented in the pilot catalogue published in 2013.

The extended catalogue will be a key instrument that serves as:

  • A source of current available solutions for water use transformation;
  • An open platform for information between governments, solutions and solution providers and other stakeholders;
  • A tool to test the current framework for the evaluation of case studies, both with respect to cost per cubic meter of freshwater saved/made available and the benefit of contributing to close the water gap.

The latest catalogue contains a wider array of case studies. These include small-scale agricultural interventions and micro-irrigation technologies in Peru, a wastewater reuse project at an industrial complex in India, and a global corporate water efficiency program by Anglo American mining group. It also showcases innovative ideas such as the use of remote sensing and satellite imagery to optimize water use in farming and the utilization of new online platforms to influence behavior change in consumers.

The range of projects highlight that improved management of water can be achieved in a wide range of circumstances provided the right combination of drivers are present. The case studies also highlight the need for improved collaboration between the public and private sectors; standardized data collection, monitoring and reporting; and a means of ensuring action is relevant at river basin scale.

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Expanding collaboration in horticulture water challenges in Pangani basin

Arusha, 4 June, 2015 — The Tanzania Horticultural association (TAHA), the Pangani Basin Water Board (PBWB) and 2030 WRG are collaborating to catalyze collective action in the Pangani basin. To this end, the Arusha Kilimanjaro-Meru Water Stewardship Workshop was organized where leading horticulture companies identified specific challenges and prioritized areas of critical interest.

Recognizing that water is becoming a pressing concern and certainly a longer-term risk faced by the horticulture industry in Tanzania, and the fact that water use pattern in the sub sector contributes to the pressure on allocation of the resource, TAHA, PBWB and 2030 WRG are collaborating to explore opportunities to address water-related concerns in horticulture areas of the Pangani basin – upstream Nyumba ya Mungu Dam.

Identifying challenges

Within this context, the Kilimanjaro-Meru Water Stewardship Workshop was a first opportunity to engage leading horticulture companies in identifying specific challenges and prioritizing areas of critical interest and momentum. The meeting aimed to extend the partnership to horticultural actors in Moshi and Arusha, to share and discuss Water Resources Management Challenges in the Sub Basin, and to strategize a way forward to collectively address the challenges.

Packaging opporunities at scale

In their opening remarks, TAHA and PBWB highlighted the urgency of bringing public and private players together around a common agenda to improve water stewardship in the basin in an effort to address the growing water scarcity challenges faced by businesses and the population. Horticulture in the Kilimanjaro and Meru catchment areas can serve as a good place to initiate a joint water stewardship initiative but with a view to expand to other sectors and in time, to other geographical locations. Several horticulture companies are already implementing relevant activities with their surrounding communities, often in partnership with other private sector solution providers and with development partners. While several private sector initiatives are already underway to serve smallholder farmers (SHs), the challenge is in identifying and packaging the opportunities at an attractive scale (e.g. pools of smallholder farmers, adequate technologies and a clear business case).

Institutional governance

The Government of Tanzania also has significant initiatives, such as the newly created National Irrigation Commission, investments made in SH irrigation infrastructure by the PBWB, the emerging Agriculture Development Bank and the Catalytic Fund (to be implemented in the SAGCOT area). The Government is also working to develop the institutional governance structure provided for in the Water Act, and has recently approved the creation of additional catchment committees in the Pangani basin (including Kikuletwa Catchment). The government can also play a key part through improvements of the investment climate.

The main challenges highlighted in the workshop include (i) difficulty to negotiate water-sharing agreements with upstream water users and challenge to introduce water pricing; (ii) inefficient SH water use and insufficient infrastructures; and (iii) need to review a broader range of water use efficiency measures and explore crop-specific agricultural practices.

Priority action areas

Emerging priority action areas include raising awareness to more catchment actors regarding the importance and urgency, on the one hand, of joint catchment management, equitable allocation of shared water resources, water use efficiency and water rights; and, on the other hand, of water efficiency solutions, business case for various improved agricultural techniques, and innovative SH-inclusive business strategies involving multiple risk-sharing partners.

Another priority calls for efforts to systematically identify and prioritize a pipeline of SH farmer water productivity opportunities, while also including private sector, government and development partners around each opportunity. Working with the PBWB and its branches is a necessary step to prioritize strategic public sector investments where strong opportunities exist to leverage private sector action. At the same time, policy advocacy concerns include the need for identifying, documenting, justifying, and feeding into urgent reforms linked to water resources, particularly linked to incentivizing water use efficiency. Finally, it is important to ensure proper results measurement, monitoring and evaluation of activities under the joint action plan so that all contributing partners can use the outputs in their own reporting.

Joint business plan

In their closing remarks, TAHA and the PBWB indicated that this was only the beginning of a process of collective planning and action to address the urgent water challenge in the catchment (Kilimanjaro and Meru catchments). The main next step is to generate a joint business plan for what will be branded as a new initiative though building on already ongoing partner activities. This will serve as a unifying action plan for water stewardship, with key activities, objectives and indicators (logframe) alongside budgets, incorporating ongoing and future activities relevant to these objectives.

About the partnership

The 2030 WRG Tanzania partnership was launched in 2013, following a high-level invitation from the Government of Tanzania to the 2030 Water Resources Group, and became operational in late 2014 with a public-private management board and a series of working groups. 

New Hindustan Unilever Foundation Partnership for Agri-Water Efficiency to impact one million farmers and save 4 trillion liters of water

Indian Farmer

Indian Farmer. Photo: © Ray Witlin / World Bank

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) and Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) are partnering to develop innovative, large-scale solutions for India’s water challenges. The solutions will focus on technology, finance, knowledge, and results-based implementation and will target the agriculture sector, which uses around 80 percent of the country’s water resources. It will impact one million farmers and save up to 4 trillion liters of water.

According to 2030 WRG estimates, India will have a 50 percent water deficit by the year 2030. This partnership will adopt a multi-stakeholder approach to promote efficient water-use practices and technologies among farmers, incubate new models, knowledge, and tools to drive behavior change, and catalyze replication of best practices. This, in turn, will contribute to water and food security through reduced agri-water use and enhanced agricultural productivity. The success of this model of implementation will provide inputs for making necessary policy recommendations.

The program will leverage thought leaders, enablers, decision-makers, and implementation organizations across public and private sectors, civil society, and academia. It will establish state-level networks to facilitate agri-water efficiency and pollution reduction. Its Practice-Based National Agri-Water Policy Leadership Forum will provide strategic thought leadership for agri-water policy development.

Rice paddy in India

Rice paddy in Andhra Pradesh, India. Photo by F. Fiondella (IRI/CCAFS)

Speaking at the Alliance for Thought Leadership and Action for Agri-Water workshop to launch the partnership on May 5, 2015, Sanjiv Mehta, CEO and MD, Hindustan Unilever Limited said, “The partnership coordinated by 2030 WRG aspires to create one of the largest participatory programs globally on demand-side management of water in the agriculture sector. A key focus is scientific and impact-driven action through a results measurement framework at the state level to measure water savings and agricultural productivity enhancement.”

The partnership will also establish the Ganga Multi-Stakeholder Action Forum, which will develop inclusive and collaborative approaches to rejuvenate the Ganga Basin. “This is a critical aspect of our partnership, as the Ganga Basin is home to 450 million people. Over 60 percent of them depend on agriculture for their livelihoods,” said Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 WRG. “Making a difference here has the potential to transform lives.”

2030 WRG and its partners design and implement water source security solutions for long-term economic growth, environmental protection, and social impact in select countries. In India, 2030 WRG has partnered with the central government and the governments of Karnataka and Maharashtra for demand-side water management at scale across agricultural, urban, and industrial sectors.

About 2030 WRG
The 2030 Water Resources Group is an innovative public-private-civil society platform for collaboration at the global as well as national levels. It mobilizes stakeholders from public and private sector, civil society, centers of academic expertise and financing institutions to engage in fact-based, analytical water security approaches and coalition building.
The 2030 WRG was initiated in 2008 by a few multinational companies, donors and development banks. After an incubation phase within the World Economic Forum, it has been hosted by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, since March 2012.

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About HUF
Hindustan Unilever Foundation (HUF) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) and was established in 2010. HUF has initiated 18 projects in more than 4000 villages across 13 river basins in 13 states in India and created a collective and cumulative water-harvesting potential of nearly 100 billion liters across India and aims to generate, along with its partners and communities, a collective water potential of 500 billion liters across India by 2020.

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Global Water Summit announces Nestlé winner Corporate Water Stewardship Award

Banner 2015 Global Water SummitThe 2030 Water Resources Group congratulates Nestlé for winning the first Corporate Water Stewardship Award for technology that allows a Mexican dairy factory to operate without using any local groundwater.

Each year, the coveted Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit (27 & 28 APril), the major business conference for the water industry worldwide. The Awards acknowledge the most important achievements in the international water industry within several categories. The Corporate Water Stewardship Award will be awarded this year for the first time. The prize honors the company which best reflects the objectives of the 2030 Water Resources Group in achieving creative solutions for improving water security.

Water Value Revolution

This year’s Summit focused on the theme of the Water Value Revolution, bringing together government & utility leaders, senior executives, investors & best practitioners from across the global water industry. The ambition is to determine water’s key role in the future of sustainable economic growth & to revolutionize the role of water in the global economy. The CWS Award is very important for the work that the 2030 Water Resources Group is doing around the globe. Efforts to catalyze collective action on the ground can not be sustained without a  shared commitment to increasing access to safe water.

Nestlé  Cero Agua factory Mexico.

Nestlé Cero Agua factory Mexico.

Pilot in Mexico

The company won the award, voted on by audience members at the Global Water Summit in Athens and online members of the 2030 Water Resources Group, for its ‘ZerEau’ water initiative, piloted at its ‘Cero Agua’ factory in Mexico’s water-scarce Jalisco state. “This prestigious award means a huge amount – it’s a vindication of five years hard work from our team on this project. This technology is unique within Nestlé, and it’s by no means an accepted industry direction,” said Jim Knill, Nestlé’s head of dairy operations.

The technology works

The site is the first to pilot use of Nestlé technology that allows the site to operate without using groundwater during normal operations. Water is extracted from cow’s milk and treated to allow for its use as process water. The resulting effluent water is treated again and used for cooling and cleaning. “Twelve years ago I was told that this couldn’t be done, due to cost implications, water quality issues, the technical complexity involved. But we’ve shown that the technology works – now we want to apply it elsewhere,” Knill said.

Minimizing impact

Following the success of its pilot in Mexico, Nestlé plans to retrofit other dairy factories situated in water-stressed areas of South Africa, Pakistan, India and China with the technology. Such water-saving technologies form part of Nestlé’s work to achieve water efficiency and sustainability across its operations, by minimizing the impact of its operations on natural water resources.

Shortlisted nominees

  • BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Australia
  • Hindustan Zinc, India
  • Tamilnadu Water Investment Corporation, India
  • Sociedade Central de Cervejas e Bebidas, Heineken, Portugal

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