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First Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) industrial water management workshop in Nairobi

The Kenya Industrial Water Alliance (KIWA) held its first ever industrial water management workshop on June 23, in Nairobi. Led by the chair of the alliance and the CEO of the Kenya Association of Manufacturer’s, the workshop brought together over 60 stakeholders from government, manufacturing industries, civil society and academic institutions to discuss different initiatives aimed at promoting best practices in industrial water management at the firm level. IFC’s Global Water Lead, Mohan Seneviratne was also presented to share learning experiences from similar initiatives in other countries.

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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The 2030WRG becomes full member of the Consejo Consultivo del Agua in Mexico

During the CCAs General Assembly held on June 14th, the 2030WRG formally accepted the invitation to become full member of the CCA and also had the opportunity to present 3 new initiatives being discussed within CCAs thematic groups and to be implemented with the support of other CCAs members and the relevant government institutions. These initiatives are the Green Infrastructure Solutions in the Mexican Water Sector Initiative, the Integrated Wastewater Management Initiative, and the Water Security Risks Integration Initiative. The General Assembly also counted with the participation of the Secretary of State for Tourism, Mr Enrique de la Madrid; who explained the new government approach for sustainable tourism. After the CCAs General Assembly, the 2030WRG met with the CCAs President of the Water and the Environment Committee, Mr Eugenio Barrios (WWFs Water Director for Mexico) to discuss the design and implementation of the Green Infrastructure Solutions in the Mexican Water Sector Initiative.

Launch of Karnataka Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Water and first Steering Board Meeting

The Government of Karnataka (GoK) and 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) launched the Karnataka Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Water (MSP – Water), with the aim to collectively drive concrete and impactful programs, projects and policies for water sustainability through partnership-based approaches.

The launch meeting of the Karnataka MSP – Water, held in May 2017, was chaired by the Chief Secretary, GOK, and attended by key representatives including (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 meeting endorsed the ongoing agenda of 2030WRG’s engagement in the state, ratified the governance framework of the Agri Water Use Efficiency and Urban Water workstreams, and supported accelerated implementation of ongoing and new initiatives.

The Steering Board agreed to support the implementation of the ‘Drip Irrigation in Sugarcane Program’, in collaboration with sugar mills, financial institutions, the farming community and the government, starting with pilot projects covering ~20,000 hectares in the first phase for implementation in 2017.

In order to promote water-efficient cultivation practices along a Drip-to-Market Agro Corridor (DMAC), 2030WRG is supporting market linkages between the farming community and agri-business companies, with the aim of accelerating Public-Private-Community Partnerships (PPCP) in up to 500,000 hectares of drip-irrigated areas, starting with Ramthal. The Steering Board approved the establishment of a Project Implementation Unit (PIU) to be governed by a multi-stakeholder body for this program.

In view of the finalization of the work around reuse of treated urban wastewater through a policy framework and the establishment of a Resource Centre, the Steering Board requested for an accelerated submission of the wastewater reuse policy to cabinet. The overall goal of this policy is to establish an enabling environment for the reuse of municipal wastewater to maximize efficient resource use, address water scarcity, and enhance economic output.

The Resource Center, established to fast-track wastewater reuse projects, will be operationalized by the Urban Water workstream by July 2017 through a Government Order, with appropriate multi-stakeholder governance.

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.

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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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Workshop on “Central Effluent Treatment Plants for Economic Zones” in Bangladesh

A workshop was jointly organized by the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA), Prime Minister’s Office and 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on “Central Effluent Treatment Plants for Economic Zones in Bangladesh” in April 2017 in Dhaka.

The workshop, chaired by Mr. Paban Chowdhury, Executive Chairman (Secretary), BEZA, was attended by 120 participants including high level participants from the public, private, civil society/academia, financial institutions, multilateral and developmental organizations.

The aim of the workshop was to promote ‘Green Economic Zones’ through implementation of ‘Resource Recovery and Reuse’ (RRR) in Bangladesh to drive demand for foreign direct investments into a wide variety of sectors.

The Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) in economic zones are considered a viable treatment solution for collective treatment of effluents, from industries of all sizes and scale. CETPs could potentially help in achieving treatment of combined wastewater from various industries at lower unit costs and also help facilitate better compliance and monitoring with standards. The workshop was held to address the challenges associated with CETPs.

The workshop helped gather key inputs from government bodies, industry, technology providers, infrastructure developers, investors and experts on status of CETPs, their performances along with type of technical, financial and managerial models adopted, international experiences and practices, issues of concern etc.

The event included a MoU signing ceremony between BEZA, 230 WRG and GIZ to start a technical and knowledge partnership to develop recommendations on government policies, design business models, and to develop innovative and viable financial solutions (including PPPs) supporting smooth rollout of CETPs.

Peru-Mongolia Mining and Water Exchange

LIMA, April, 2017 – 2030 Mining Exchange Peru_01WRG organized a Peru-Mongolia Mining and Water Exchange from 17 to 20 April. Nine Mongolian participants from the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Mining, and a few mining companies and NGO representatives traveled to Lima to attend the exchange. They shared experiences with their Peruvian counterparts and went on several field visits.

Topics discussed included water valuation and creating the right incentives, building capacity, encouraging stakeholder collaboration and reducing conflicts, reducing water demand and encouraging wastewater reuse in mining operations.

Mongolia Mining

With 300 operational mines and the mining sector contributing 85% of exports in Mongolia, the exchange provided an opportunity for the Mongolian delegates to share their knowledge on water management in the mining sector as well, with the aim of further developing the sustainability of the sector in both country contexts.

Field visits

Peru Mongolia Exchange_02The group traveled to Arequipa to visit the Cerro Verde mine, a very large copper mine located about 20 miles southwest of Arequipa, in southwestern Peru. Cerro Verde represents one of the largest copper reserves in Peru and in the world, having estimated reserves of 4.63 billion tonnes of ore grading 0.4% copper and 113.2 million oz of silver. Peru is the world’s No. 2 copper producer and mining accounts for about 60% of its export earnings. The participants went on a tour to learn more about the company’s water treatment facilities, the water utility they built, operated by water utility Sedapar, and the work with the communities living in Arequipa.

In Lima, the group was greeted by senior officials of the National Water Authority ANA, ProInversion, the National Investment Promotion Office as well as the Peruvian National Society of Energy, Petroleum and Mines. They provided brief presentations and shared their processes and lessons learned. Below are some initiatives that have been developed in collaboration with 2030 WRG in Peru. The participants were interested in learning how some of the programs could be adapted to the Mongolian context.

Blue Certificate for the promotion of the Corporate Water Footprint in Peru

Peru Mongolia Mining Exchange_03Since 2015, the Peruvian National Water Authority of Peru (ANA), has been encouraging private sector companies to carry out a water footprint measurement and reduction of water use in their processes and operations. This initiative, which closely connects the State and the private sector in their sustainable management of water resources has the support and backing of 2030 WRG in Peru.

The companies are awarded the Blue Certificate if they comply with the Corporate Footprint ISO 14046 and implement a Shared Value Program within their communities. By being awarded the Blue Certificate, companies showcase best practices and water savings in their operations which benefits business, communities and the environment.

2030 WRG and ANA hosted the launch of this initiative on August 9, 2016. This event, attended by more than 40 companies. To date, the companies Mexichem, Duke Energy and Unicom have become part of this program. Other companies that have expressed their interest include Celepsa, Fenix Power and Buenaventura mining.

Innovative mechanism in Peru facilitates public-private partnerships

Works for Taxes (OxI), is an innovative mechanism created in 2009 by the Peruvian Government that allows a company to invest directly in public infrastructure charged against income tax paid annually. In other words, it is a public investment carried out by the private sector in a government program. In the case of water, this instrument allows a company to directly help the State to close gaps in water efficiency.

2030 WRG works jointly with the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation to encourage the private sector to participate in this mechanism and, at the same time, to identify the restraints and difficulties of the mechanism itself and to make this into a speedier and a more efficient procedure. To this end, acceleration consultants have been hired to work at each of the ministries in this task and to identify the best investment opportunities.

The OxI mechanism is considered an innovative practice because of the way in which it connects the State and the private sector, creating interest from other neighboring countries with regard to its development and implementation.

The efforts of 2030 WRG have allowed large private-sector companies such as Backus (beverages) – Ferreyros (construction), Minsur and Antamina (mining) to already be involved in Works for Taxes processes, generating water-based infrastructure works with tangible and beneficial results for communities in the areas in which they operate.

Exchange series

The exchange is the second in a series of cross-country learning experiences. A previous exchange was held in February, 2016, in South Africa. Participants said it was a great opportunity to gain practical insights from South Africa’s water management experience.

Through presentations, discussions, and field visits, the event provided participants with practical insights from South Africa’s water management and public-private-civil society experience; provided an opportunity for partners from across 2030 WRG countries to network and learn from each other; and enabled South African stakeholders, as hosts, to showcase the country’s water management achievements to senior officials from other countries.

Participants found sharing knowledge, experiences, and perspectives from other countries particularly useful. Country teams from Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Peru, and Tanzania joined South African participants and experts, a journalist, and IFC and SIWI staff. In total, 87 participants from eight countries attended the 2030 WRG Knowledge Exchange.

During the wrap-up session, country teams identified the actions they planned to take, based on lessons learned during the knowledge exchange, and areas of interest. The three most commonly identified areas of work among participants were:

• Adopting South Africa’s No Drop system,
• Building capacity to develop and monitor public-private partnerships, and
• Holding further knowledge exchanges on mine-water management.

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Introducing the 2030 WRG Ethiopia Representative and Program Coordinator

Teshome Beyene Berhe started working as the 2030 WRG Ethiopia Country Representative in March, 2017. Teshome holds a degree in theoretical economics from the University of East Anglia, UK, a Diploma in Law from the Mekele University and an Advanced Diploma in Insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute of London. He has also earned a certification from the Management Institute of Ethiopia for a ‘qualified’ Manager and is a member of the Ethiopian Economic Association since 2007.

After working in the national accounts team of the Ministry of Planning as an expert in the late 1980s’, Teshome served the government of Ethiopia for three years, which was under re-organization along federal structure, as head of the Department of Trade of the Tigrai region. Subsequently, he joined full board the private sector and served in the insurance sector at different levels of management and leadership. He is the founder of the composite insurer, Ethio Life and General Insurance, and chaired its Board of Directors for over nine years.

He consulted the birth of a national reinsurance company that was formally established in July 2016. He managed and brought to success a project on PPD (2011-2013) that was jointly financed by the World Bank and the National Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia. Teshome also served as a member of a team to consult the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development to develop PPP policy and legislation during 2016.

Nina Jansen also joined the 2030 WRG team as Program Coordinator for the Ethiopia program. She has a technical academic background with a focus on interdisciplinary thinking. Nina graduated as BSc in Beta-Gamma- with a major in chemistry and as MSc. in Energy Science, with a specialization in Environmental Engineering. During her studies, she learned to analyze the different technical and socio-economic aspects of energy and the environment.

For about two years, she worked at FMO (The Dutch development bank) initially as strategic Environmental & Social Analyst, and later at Business Development department where she worked for the new Partnership Development Facility – an investment fund for project development related to food security and climate adaptation projects with Dutch companies in emerging markets. Next to implementing the fund at FMO, Nina was a project officer on two agro-logistics projects in Africa (Ethiopia and Djibouti and South Africa).