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 –
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.2030WRG also played a key role in coordinating the recently concluded Purvanchal Water Conclave, chaired by the Hon’ble Chief Minister wherein we helped mobilize stakeholders and draw participants from the water sector including from the private sector, international development organizations and other technical experts for the conclave;
Development of Uttar Pradesh State Water Policy through Multi-Stakeholder Consultations –2030WRG supported GoUP in developing State level water policy recommendations and strategic action plans through a multi-stakeholder consultative process.
Agricultural Water Management
Participatory Rural Agricultural Advancement through Increased Incomes (PRAGATI) Project- 2030WRG conceptualized the PRAGATI Project to enable farmers to increase water and livelihood security and build resilient blocks across UP one Gram Panchayat (GP) at a time through the demand and supply side management of water resources. The PRAGATI project is currently being implemented in the Bundelkhand region, in Block Babina, Jhansi in partnership with GIZ, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) cell, Department of Rural Development (DoRD) and Parrmarth Samaj Sewi Sansthan. Subsequently the project has been replicated in the Gondlamau Development Block, District Sitapur in collaboration with the Dalmia Bharat Foundation, GIZ and local administration. Each district where the project is being implemented includes the participation of the government, civil society and the private sector who is coming in with resources to augment the program.
Sustainable Rice Project – This project called the “Enhancing Landscape Level Sustainability for Rice Production in Uttar Pradesh” is a joint three-year project being implemented by 2030WRG in partnership with Corteva Agriscience. This project is focused on transforming 40,000 acres of land from traditional methods of transplanting rice to the Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) technique. To facilitate this, efforts will be made to build the capacities of farmers on the DSR technique of rice cultivation through various training programmes, field demonstration sessions, market linkages, market-based sustainability financing and agronomy assistance leading to overall socio-economic empowerment.
Drip to Market Agro-Hub Pahuj – The UP MSP has developed an innovative integrated micro-drip irrigation project with the GoUP to facilitate private sector participation in developing a Drip to Market Agro Hub in Bundelkhand. The MSP has developed the concept and detailed project report (DPR) for this flagship project by bringing in experts from the Government of Israel. The Israeli government’s flagship project in India is also based on this work undertaken by 2030WRG.
Industrial & Domestic Water Management
Decentralized Wastewater Treatment in the Hindon River – This project facilitated the development of decentralized wastewater treatment, management and reuse systems in the Saharanpur District to treat 27 million liters per day (Ml/d) of wastewater flowing from 50 drains into the Hindon River. 2030WRG received an appreciation letter from the district administration with regard to the successful implementation of the project and minutes from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) stating that the Dhamola and Nagdhoi drains meet NGT quality standards and have been exempt from penalties unlike other neighboring drains & corporations;
Scaling Up DEWATS in Ghaziabad– Following the successful implementation and demonstration effect of the DEWATS project in Saharanpur, the MSP received a similar request from the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) for setting up a Multi-Stakeholder Group to facilitate Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) including Wastewater treatment for 11 priority drains in the region. The first target drain identified for intervention was the Shahibabad Drain/the Brij Nala and towards which innovative wastewater treatment solutions from private innovators are being sought. The GMC is situated on the banks of the Hindon River Basin and is also the first city in India with a “Green Bond” meant for environmentally sustainable projects with regard to wastewater reuse.
Varuna and Assi Tributaries Rejuvenation– In addition to Saharanpur, Ghaziabad and neighboring districts, 2030WRG was recently requested to support the rejuvenation of Varuna and Assi tributaries of the Ganga. This will be preceded by the River Health: Assessment to Restoration (RHAR) Conference, 2021 being jointly organized by 2030WRG and IIT Benaras Hindu University (IIT BHU) in October this year. The objective of this conference is to invite both domestic and international experts to share their recommendations/proposals/ideas with regards contemporary and innovative technologies for the health restoration of the two tributaries.
Hindon Lockdown Analysis – Taking the opportunity of decreased industrial activity due to the pandemic, GoUP approached 2030 WRG to undertake an assessment of the lockdown on the pollution levels of the Hindon River. Conducted in collaboration with the University of Chicago, the resulting analysis of river health has recommended future interventions to improve water quality.
Water Quantity, E-Flows & Groundwater Management
Ponds Rejuvenation Project in Bundelkhand – The ponds rejuvenation project has identified areas of intervention, built capacity, promoted sustainable water resource management and implemented drought mitigation measures to ensure water availability in the Bundelkhand region and increase farmers’ incomes.
Collaboration with the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD)– 2030WRG has partnered with NABARD to develop a flagship initiative to facilitate value chain development for Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) in select priority districts across UP and promote new technologies for increased incomes.
Afforestation to Improve Ecological Flows – Rigorous afforestation in the Hindon River Basin was identified by the MSP as a potential solution to address the e-flows issue in the river. Initially proposed to the government by academics within our MSP, the Miyawaki Method involves rapid afforestation by the plantation of unique combinations of native species with an optimized utilization of natural resources. The MSP has supported the development of the concept and currently two sites are currently under implementation with another two to be added subsequently.
Transforming Agriculture Value Chains and Post-Covid Economic Recovery
Strengthening the Agricultural Value Chain – 2030WRG in collaboration with GoUP has set up a Multi-Stakeholder Group to Strengthen the Agriculture Value Chain in UP and increase farmer profitability with a focus on FPOs. The multi-stakeholder group provides FPOs with increased access to five key areas including finance and credit services, logistical support and services, crop insurance, market linkages, and knowledge around water-use efficiency. In its first phase, 2030WRG in collaboration with its knowledge partner, the India Agriculture Innovation Network (IAIN) identified 5 FPOs from Purvanchal and Bundelkhand to set up demonstration projects in partnership with private sector ag-tech companies around cold storage, food pulp making, small farm equipment, soil health improvement, animal feed production and water conservation. Efforts are also being made to facilitate alternate financing through convergences with private sector innovators, financial institutionsand government led schemes and benefits.
The Uttar Pradesh Covid Economic Recovery Alliance (UPCERA) – In response to the COVID crisis, 2030WRG has partnered with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to set up the UPCERA as a model strategic partnership of leading CSO’s to facilitate economic recovery through the convergence of initiatives and regular dialogue between partners. The UPCERA is also focused on organizing the State’s response to rural and urban livelihoods disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alliance currently has 15 partners that are spread across different districts in UP and have 20,000 field operatives working to roll out initiatives at ground level.
Our future/way forward – some initiatives under development
Replicating Project PRAGATI for Groundwater and Urban Water Management – Based on recent interest from IIT Kanpur and the MP Birla Group, Project PRAGATI will now be replicated with local contextualization in Kanpur Nagar and Raebareli. The objective of the Project in Kanpur is to drive sustainable groundwater quantity & quality management in partnership with IIT Kanpur whereas the objective in Raebareli is to drive urban water management with a focus on water use efficiency & alternative livelihoods.
Development of Water Management Plans for Smart City, Saharanpur–In view of successful implementation of the DEWATS Project in Saharanpur, a request has been received from the Nagar Nigam seeking MSP technical support and guidance in the development of Water Management Plans for Smart City, Saharanpur.
Small River Rejuvenation– The small river rejuvenation program has been conceptualized to scientifically mimic natural systems of restoring water thereby mitigating the water crisis in Bundelkhand and other parts of the state. This is being done by reviving and rejuvenating adjunct micro watershed and water bodies such as ponds, wells, canals and traditional tanks. This program will empower local communities and will build their capacities to avail relevant government schemes and benefits so they may have access to safe water and are able to create systems that ensure reliable supplies in the future.
Scaling up Strengthening Value Chain Work–Building on our existing initiative on strengthening the agriculture value chain in UP, efforts will now be made to assist more FPOs to identify and converge with relevant government schemes and benefits.
Support to the Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABY) – 2030WRG’s UP MSP will be supporting the effective implementation of the ABY by leveraging existing initiatives and expertise of the MSP stakeholders.
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