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.
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.