Water is a finite and unevenly distributed natural resource that is essential to sustaining life and livelihoods. Therefore, water resources need to be appropriately managed, developed and utilized by states.
Uttar Pradesh is the largest extractor of groundwater in India accounting for 18.4% of the total national and 4.5% of the total global groundwater extraction. The per capita groundwater extraction in UP is 224.97cum compared to a national average of 182.86 cum and a global average of 125.89 cum. In result 138 development blocks are in overexploited, critical or semi-critical stage.
As mandated by GoUP in November 2017, 2030WRG has helped set up a Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP), chaired by Chief Secretary, GoUP to ensure cohesive collective action involving the government, the private sector, civil society, international organizations and academia.
A Government Order (No: 521/62-1-2018-73 GW/2017 dated April 16, 2018) was issued by GoUP in this regard, with 2030WRG as the Secretariat to the MSP. The UP MSP activities support multi-stakeholder action to address water security across UP and tributary management in the Hindon River Basin (HRB). 2030WRG has assisted the government in setting a common agenda by preparing vision documents, endorsed by the Honorable Chief Minister, UP, and drive stakeholders through collective action.
All results have been categorized under the workstreams specified in the previous section –
1. Cross Cutting Support to the Ministry of Jal Shakti
MSP Support in Operationalization of Regional Development Boards to Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Convenings, Strategies and Action Plans -2030WRG organized and helped execute a “National Seminar on Bundelkhand Development Issues, Strategies and Way Forward”, in collaboration with the Bundelkhand Development Board and Department of Planning. 2030 WRG, working with the Ministry of Jal Shakti as the coordinator of the water sector, also prepared the consolidated Short-Term and Long-Term Action Plan for Water Sector Development in Bundelkhand. This highlights the important challenges in the water sector, the solutions, and the way forward. 2030WRG’s efforts were greatly appreciated by all stakeholders and was further amplified by the letter of appreciation we received from the government.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) is a public, private, civil society multi-donor trust fund hosted by the World Bank Group. We support stakeholders in collective decision making, and in co-designing out-of-the-box solutions that promote strong socio-economic development across all sectors connected to water.