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Hindon Yatra Delhi Workshop

Impact Driven Partnerships for Ganga Tributary Rejuvenation

Replicating and scaling up success stories from the participatory Hindon Basin approach








The 2030 Water Resources Group, India Water Partnership, FICCI, Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan, Millennium Alliance and the Government of Netherlands organized a symposium and exhibition on ‘Impact Driven Partnerships for Ganga Tributary Rejuvenation – Replicating and scaling up success stories from the participatory Hindon Basin approach in Delhi on 23 November 2016. The workshop brought together 75 water experts from different tributaries of the Ganga basin, including Hindon, Ramganga and Yamuna. Participants included NGOs, industries, research organizations, donors, state and central government representatives including Mr. UP Singh, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga.

“The symposium showcased multi-stakeholder approaches to rejuvenate part of the Ganga River Basin based on a tributary approach, with a particular focus on the Hindon River in Uttar Pradesh, one of the most polluting tributaries of the Ganga”, said Mr Anders Berntell, Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG).








The Hindon River Rejuvenation Partnership is a transformational program with significant community involvement. The partnership is working with the divisional administration, local industry representatives, and civil society; encouraging stakeholders to collectively identify opportunities and solutions to water challenges. The Hindon basin has a population of about 10 million people. The program was initiated in 2015 by a civil society movement led by Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan under the leadership of Rajendra Singh, Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. Several practitioners from across the Hindon basin traveled to Delhi to share their experiences, innovations and project ideas for river rejuvenation. These ranged from NGOs working on organic farming from seed to market, water literacy, river encroachment; to passionate government officials promoting the “make in Hindon’ brand and; technology companies wanting to test bioremediation solutions in small tributaries.

“The biggest achievement of the Hindon Yatra has been the stakeholder participation without any incentive to them. Over the course of the past year, 2030 WRG and India Water Partnership have documented best practices of local stakeholders across the seven districts of the Hindon Basin, developed a vision for its rejuvenation and gathered project proposals from NGOs, industries, universities, farmers and local authorities to jointly clean the river. Initial estimates indicate it will require a package of measures and resources in the urban, industrial, agricultural and environmental sectors to rejuvenate the river” said Dr Veena Khanduri, Executive Secretary, India Water Partnership.








The 2030 WRG signed a memorandum of understanding with the Millennium Alliance (MA) to catalyze seed funding for projects. The MA is a national platform supported by donors and private partners to identify, test, award and scale innovations which bring improvements at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP). As a first step in this bold journey, Mr Nirankar Saxena, Senior Director, FICCI and MA Head said, “we are proud to announce that the Millennium Alliance will provide seed funding for innovative businesses with social and environmental impact for the Hindon and other river basins under a targeted call for River Rejuvenation as part of our Water & Sanitation focus area.”

“FICCI, along with partners, is playing a critical role in mobilizing global and local expertise to address industrial and municipal waste water treatment, critical to addressing India’s water and sanitation challenges today. I hope we all will sow a million seeds with the participatory multi-stakeholder approach among those who are coming forward” said Ms Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairman, FICCI Water Mission.

Respected Swamini Adityananda Saraswati, Director Programmes, Policy and Development, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Ganga Action Parivar and National Ganga Rights Movement, Parmarth Niketan stressed on the ‘Tragedy of Commons’ related to the river issues and emphasized the need for collaboration. Dr. Bindu Dey, Secretary, Technology Development Board, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India laid emphasis on why we all should move from ‘I to We’. They both also highlighted the importance of defining the intervening pathways, sustainable behavioral change, capacity building and access to technology.

Efforts are underway, to mobilize additional resources from government, private sector and donors to help rejuvenate the river to reach a level suitable for bathing by 2030. It is hoped that this model will be replicated across other tributaries in the Ganga basin and beyond through multi-stakeholder partnerships and collective action.

Water Sector Investors’ Forum in Kenya

The Kenya 2030 WRG and Water Services Regulatory Board, in collaboration with USAID, World Bank Group and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands sponsored the “Investing in the Water Sector” investors’ forum to provide an opportunity for local commercial banks and institutional investors to learn more about the rapidly evolving changes and progress in investment in the Kenyan water sector.

The forum brought together a select group of water service providers, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, development partners, regulators, as well as a cross section of the investment community representatives from banks, pension funds and insurance companies. The discussion highlighted the sector’s readiness and specific upcoming opportunities to embrace private sector investments through commercial loans, pooled funds, single issuer bonds and special purpose vehicles and encouraged commercial and institutional investors to take up the challenge.

High Level Roundtable on Water, Irrigation and Agriculture in Kenya

Following a Kenya 2030 WRG-sponsored session on “Opportunities for Investing in Irrigation” on 23 November during Kenya Water Week, the partnership convened its first multi-stakeholder session lead by the State Department of Irrigation to discuss development of a financial solution in partnership with government, farmers, banking institutions, aggregators and equipment providers to encourage more lending to commercial smallholder farmers and prove market readiness.

For more information on the roundtable discussions, please click here.

To read a related opinion piece authored by Working Group Chair and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Patrick Mwangi, please click here.

Hindon Yatra Exhibiton & Symposium 2016 in Muzaffarnagar

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In Muzaffarnagar, central government representatives attended a high-level symposium on Saturday 27th of August. The Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr. Sanjeev Baliyan apprised the audience about his affection to Hindon River from his childhood days, being from Muzaffarnagar’s constituency. He wholeheartedly promised to extend all possible help to restore the lost glory of the Hindon, Kali and other water bodies in this region. The Chairman of the Municipal Council, Mr. Pankaj Aggarwal showed dedication to execute several waste water treatment and solid waste management projects which are partially already on the way to improve the water quality in Kali River, which is one of the polluting tributaries of Hindon River. Ms. Sonia Luthra of the Art of Living moderated the event and she also promoted a solution to reducing water pollution through organic farming and the application of enzymes. afternoon sessions, partially in presence of the Minister himself, a list of nine project ideas has been compiled for Muzaffarnagar.

As a result of intense and sincere deliberations during the afternoon sessions, partially in presence of the Minister himself, a list of nine project ideas has been compiled for Muzaffarnagar.

Photos from the Muzaffarnagar event


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Hindon Yatra Exhibiton & Symposium 2016 in Shamli

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The Hindon Yatra event in Shamli on Thursday 26th of August in City Greens Auditorium was well-attended by high-level representatives of local industry, community, research organisations and administration. The District Magistrate extended his full support to the rejuvenation initiative and proposed to establish a permanent committee to monitor the execution of the projects in Shamli. Dr. Umar Saif of HIFEED coordinated and moderated the event and inspired all dignitaries to make pledges and promises to take concrete project ideas forward into implementation. Children had practiced to sing a song about “Harnandi” (Hindon River) which was performed gracefully. Besides paintings and drawings youth had made 3D models depicting the sources pollution: fertilizers and pesticides in agriculture, industrial effluent and household sewage. Demonstrating thorough understanding of the issues and potential solutions to save water and revive the water bodies, the group of around 200 youth present was shining rays of hope for the future.

The workshop was attended by more than 200 children, 100 participants representing various stake holder groups including government, civil society, academia and research, industry, public representatives and NGOs. Representatives from villages around river Hindon also attended the workshop to discuss the actual state of the river as well as setting up a strategy to save Hindon on their part.

Photos from the Shamli event


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Dow Brazil and 2030 WRG organize joint workshop on sustainable finance in the water sector

The 2030 Water Resources Group and DOW Brazil are jointly organizing a Workshop on Sustainable Finance in the Water Sector in São Paulo, Brazil, on Friday, 11 November, 2016.

During the workshop, São Paulo state government representatives, private sector leaders, civil society and academics will explore the challenges and opportunities in managing water resources in São Paulo. The findings from a recent scoping mission held in May 2016 by the 2030 WRG team will also be presented and potential areas of work will be discussed.

Participants will be invited to discuss the issues of reuse and recycling of water, sustainable finance for water infrastructure, and finance and insurance for climate risks. In addition, the workshop will provide an opportunity for comments that will guide the programmatic direction of 2030 WRG in Brazil.

See the workshop agenda (Portuguese) and official invitation letter (Portuguese).

For more information please contact Ms. Julia Cadaval Martins, email:

O 2030 Water Resources Group e DOW Brasil estão organizando um Workshop sobre o tema Finanças Sustentáveis no Setor de Recursos Hídricos que ocorrerá em São Paulo, na sexta-feira, 11 de novembro de 2016.

Durante o Workshop, representantes do governo do estado de São Paulo, líderes do setor privado, da sociedade civil e da academia irão explorar os desafios e oportunidades na gestão dos recursos hídricos em São Paulo. Serão apresentadas as conclusões da “scoping mission” realizada em maio de 2016 pela equipe do 2030 WRG e serão discutidos os temas das potenciais áreas de trabalho do 2030 WRG no Brasil.

Os participantes serão convidados a discutir sobre os temas de reuso e reciclagem da água, financiamento sustentável para a infrastrutura de recursos hídricos, e financiamento e seguro para riscos climáticos. Além disso, o workshop proporcionará uma ocasião para comentários que irão orientar a direção programática do 2030 WRG no Brasil, identificando necessidades específicas e temas que devem ser aprofundados.

Acesse aqui a agenda do workshop e o convite oficial.

Para mais informações, entre em contato com Julia Cadaval Martins, email:

Saharanpur Project Development Workshop – IIT Roorkee & 2030 WRG


A workshop on “groundwater recharge opportunities in Hindon River Basin“ was organized, partnering with Department of Irrigation, 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG), and Saharanpur Municipal Corporation on July 13th. The workshop was organized under Hindon Yatra Exhibition & Symposium 2016 as an exercise leading to multi- stakeholder action for river rejuvenation.

r2The workshop was attended by more than 50 participants representing various stake holder groups including government, civil society, public representatives and NGOs. Representatives from villages around the river also attended the workshop to discuss the actual state of the river as well as setting up a strategy to save Hindon on their part.The workshop was convened by Mr. Nitin Verma, 2030 WRG and was conducted in two sessions.

In the first plenary session, experts from government, civil society, and industry shared their experiences of water recharging and water conservation initiatives. Second session was discussion. Discussion session was conducted in participatory mode in which all the participants were invited to deliberate. During the session some tangible project proposals were discussed among the entire stakeholders with the aim of preparing local level Hindon action plan.


Mr. Nitin Verma briefed the audience about 2030 WRG and initiated the discussion in second session. He talked about the need of multi-stakeholder tributary approaches towards river rejuvenation and emphasized implementation of local level multi stake holder projects. He referred to the case studies collected in the Hindon Yatra book and exhibition and said the 2030 WRG anticipate more than 100 such projects from Saharanpur. He highlighted some of the areas such as monitoring, solid waste management, tree plantation, ponds rejuvenation etc. in which projects can be planned in the next phase.

Dr. Vivek Kumar, IIT Roorkee has agreed to submit a proposal on Water Quality Monitoring and data management and sharing his experience on wetlands. Dr. Vivek Kumar also agreed to support Pradhans of nearby villages in preparing projects of pond rejuvenation. Dr. Nadeem from AMU agreed to provide full assistance in the pilot project on constructed wetland. Director Jal Nigam, and Dr. Neeraj Shukla showed their inclination towards the proposal and also their interest for solid waste management project.

In the end, conveners thanked all the participants for attending the workshop.

Photos from the Project Development workshop


  • Read the minutes from the Project development workshop organized by IIT Roorkee and 2030 WRG


Hindon Yatra Launch in Saharanpur

The UP Department of Irrigation & Water Resources together with Saharanpur Municipal Corporation and the 2030 Water Resources Group organized a successful program to raise awareness and promote good practice solutions to improve the alarming situation of the water bodies in the Hindon river basin.


The basin stretches from the Shevalik hills to Greater Noida, where it flows into the Yamuna, which in turn is a tributary to the Ganga River. As such Hindon is part of the Ganga basin. In the morning clean-up activities were held at the banks of the river Dhamola to symbolize a renewed momentum to revive Saharanpur’s water bodies.Dignitaries including Saharanpur’s Divisional Commissioner, Mr. MP Agarwal spoke at the Janmanch auditorium to the audience, including several hundreds of youth.


The Hindon Yatra book with 20 good practice case studies was launched and the exhibition was officially inaugurated. In the afternoon a project development workshop was held at the IIT Campus in Saharanpur. Several good suggestions were made, which are now being worked out into concrete project proposals as part of a basin-wide Hindon action plan.



Photos from the Saharanpur event

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Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership Launches Uniting Three Counties

14 October 2016 – Following a commitment from almost 30 public-private-civil society partners to collectively address water-related risks in the Upper Ewaso Ng’iro North Catchment, the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership, or MKEWP, launched in October and was joined by over 140 stakeholders.

Spearheaded by the County Government of Laikipia, the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Mount Kenya Growers Group, and the Kenya 2030 Water Resources Group, the partnership will provide a mechanism by which water access, use, management and conservation can be addressed in the catchment area—an area of approximately 15,000 square kilometers. Driven by its motto, “Maji yetu, Jukumu letu,” “Our water, Our responsibility” in English, the platform unites Meru, Nyeri and Laikpia counties to address challenges surrounding: water allocation and use management; water resource infrastructure development; and institutional capacity in the catchment.

For more information on the MKEWP, see factsheet >>

Kenya Industrial Water Alliance brings partners together to create a water-smart future

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Nairobi, Kenya. 29 September 2016—The Kenya Industrial Water Alliance, or KIWA, launched today following a commitment from twenty-three private-public-civil society partners to 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.

A key sector in the Kenyan economy, industry contributes 21 percent of national gross domestic product. The country’s strategic development plan, Vision 2030, aims to develop the sector further by creating a robust, diversified, and competitive manufacturing sector expected to contribute an additional 10 percent to GDP. As industry expands to accommodate the growing economy, so too will demand on the country’s water resources.

If Kenya maintains a “business-as-usual” approach to managing its water resources, by the year 2030, there will be a 30 percent gap between water demand and practically available supply. Water supply in Nairobi today is estimated to be 20 percent below total demand. If current trends continue, this deficit is expected to be more than 60 percent by 2035. Although decreasing ground water levels, flooding, catchment area degradation, and uncontrolled waste disposal further risk jeopardizing the sustainability of the city’s expansion, initiatives like this provide hope for urban communities who in the past have suffered due to pollution associated with industrial expansion.

KIWA Launch Nairobi Sep 16

While helping launch the new partnership, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Eugene Wamalwa stated, “Private companies in Kenya are increasingly recognizing that availability and quality of water poses a substantial risk to current and future operations and are seeking ways to mitigate that risk. We are therefore working with the private sector and civil society to collaboratively develop action oriented solutions to address industrial water management.”

Treatment and reuse of waste water from industry further provides an opportunity to reduce the amount of water abstracted, as well as replenish both ground and surface water resources. This will require not only investment, but involvement of both private sector and civil society to support the government’s management at national and county levels.

KIWA Chair and CEO of Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Phyllis Wakiaga, added, “Just as local industry has mainstreamed energy efficiency into its operations, it must similarly improve industrial water productivity by adopting more efficient water practices and technologies. Solutions to Nairobi’s unique water-related challenges can only be found through strong involvement among public, private and civil society players. This alliance creates an opportunity to properly engage in a way that did not exist before.”

kiwa-launch_industrial-water-use-efficiencyWith 98 percent of available freshwater stored in underground aquifers, Nairobi’s water management success will be largely based on preserving such resources. A recent assessment of boreholes in the Nairobi Metropolitan area revealed a doubling of “known” boreholes between 1995 and 2011. Of over 3,500 boreholes located in Nairobi County less than half have abstraction permits, two thirds are unmetered, and four in five users do not pay for water.

Representative for the CEO of the Water Resource Management Authority, Engineer Boniface Mwaniki, stated, “Knowledge of the status of our aquifers and improved regulation and monitoring of ground water abstraction are essential to effective and sustainable management of the city’s available water resources.”

Jointly established by the International Water Stewardship Programme and the 2030 Water Resources Group, current KIWA partners include: Act!, Athi Water Services Board, Bidco Africa, Brookside Dairy Ltd, Coca-Cola, County Government of Kiambu, DOW Chemicals & Process EA, Grundfos, International Water Stewardship Programme, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network, Nairobi County Government, Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company, National Environmental Management Authority, Nestle, Republic of Kenya Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Spinners & Spinners, 2030 Water Resources Group, Water Resource Management Authority, Wetlands International, and Wrigley EA. Partnership discussions with additional partners are currently underway. 


About the International Water Stewardship Programme

IWaSP is an international water security programme. It combines global best practices in water stewardship with local know-how. Currently active in seven countries, the programme facilitates partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and civil society to address shared water risks. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH manages IWaSP on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Econo-mic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID). For more information visit and or follow us on Twitter via @_IWaSP.

About the Kenya 2030 Water Resources Group

The 2030 WRG is a global public-private-civil society partnership which facilitates open dialogue to drive actions necessary to close the gap between water demand and supply by the year 2030. Kenya’s 2030 WRG partnership aims to improve the use of water across all key economic sectors to close the gap by: improving agricultural water productivity; strengthening urban and industrial water efficiency and reuse; and creating new financing mechanisms for both water supply expansion and improved demand management. For more information, please visit

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