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2030 WRG Newsletter

ISSUE #1, 2015

As we prepare for a very exciting new year ahead of us we would like to invite you to join us in a brief reflection of our 2014 activities and achievements. We are excited to keep you up-to-date with our work throughout the new year. You will receive this e-newsletter on a quarterly basis. We look forward to receiving your feedback to make this executive update even more informative and useful.

Short News

Governing Council meets in Davos


At a private event at the Derby hotel held during the World Economic Forum's Annual Meetings in Davos, Switzerland, the Governing Council members reviewed the achievements of 2030 WRG to date and discussed the outlook for the year ahead. Read more »



 

Upcoming events first quarter


Join us at our upcoming events: 2030 WRG Kenya Partnership launch in Nairobi, Kenya in March/April, and attend our sessions at the Latin America Water Week in March. See our events page to learn more about our activities at the Korea 7th World Water Forum, the various regional WEF events, regional water weeks and later this year at the World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden in August.

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Country highlights

Improving water security in Bangladesh


A high-level dialogue was held on October 18, 2014, moderated by 2030 WRG, involving government, industry, buyers, think tanks, water NGOs, and media to present preliminary findings of analytical studies conducted by PwC and ARUP. Two analytical studies, commissioned by 2030 WRG, were conducted in August, 2014, in Bangladesh: an economy-wide information analysis of water issues and challenges, and research on water security issues in the textile and leather sectors.
 
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Engaging new actors in Mongolia


The results of an initial hydro-economic analysis report, commissioned by 2030 WRG, were presented at a 2030 WRG Mongolia Partnership workshop in April. The study analyzed Mongolia’s water challenges and opportunities to subsequently raise awareness, mobilize, and engage ‘new actors’ from the private sector and civil society in sustainable water activities. This resulted in the creation of a multi-stakeholder platform that organized its first Steering Board committee meeting in September. The first work stream meetings were held and a work plan was approved.
 
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Water scarcity solutions in Aurangabad


A brainstorming workshop around Water Security Solutions for the district was held in Aurangabad on Jan 23. Discussions focused on water solutions across the themes: Peri-urban Water Security through Harvesting and Recharge, Watershed ++ Model: Soil Moisture Security and Agri Water Use Efficiency, Sub-Basin Management/ Integrated Water Resources Management and Municipal Wastewater Reuse in Industry.

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Learn more about our work in Maharashtra »

New reports

Mongolia Hydro Economic Analysis report launched

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Delivering access to safe water through partnerships

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2014 Annual Report available now


The new 2014 Annual Report is available and presents some exciting results in 2030 WRG countries, where a lot of progress has been made in the past year. The team has worked hard to facilitate the process and discussions that were needed to identify focus areas where projects and programs will soon take shape. 

See the 2014 Annual Report »

Website tweaks for improved access


You will see improvements in our website in the coming months in terms of design and content. New features will include improved design and navigation, accessible country info & country steering board minutes and relevant documentation. Feedback is more than welcome.

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Country highlights

Kenya sets strong foundations for new partnerships


Kenya is an exciting new addition to this year’s portfolio. Although the idea for a partnership in Kenya was only first discussed with the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water, and Natural Resources in March of 2014, strong progress has been made in a very short period of time. Both the Analytical and Convening stages are well underway, setting a strong foundation for the partnership as we move towards the goal of transformation in 2015 and beyond.

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Efficiency for agri-business Tanzania


With the establishment of the governance structure for the partnership and completion of the first phase of analytical work, the priority focused on getting the working groups up and running to identify and develop activities for the partnership. Considerable interest converged around the issue of water efficiency for agribusiness. Other priority areas include expansion of water storage options, and strengthening incentives and mechanisms for efficient cross-sector water management in critical watersheds such as Rufiji, Pangani, and Wami-Ruvu.

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Agri-Water efficiency & Urban WW PPPs at India Water Week


2030 WRG held two sessions during the 2015 India Water Week. ‘Collective Action for Agri-Water Efficiency and Non-Point Source Pollution in the Ganga Basin – A Multi-stakeholder Approach’, and a session hosted by the FICCI Water Mission on ‘Imperatives for Urban Waste Water PPPs: towards a viable business model for municipal sewage treatment’. Recommendations and session outcomes will be made available soon.

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Learn more about our work in India »

New reports

Tanzania propels action on water resources reform

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Collective Action for Water Security and Sustainability

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Team staffing updates


Several previous part time or cross-support staff moved to 2030 WRG as full-time staff taking the count to 20. Expenditures in the first half of the year will continue to rise with new staff coming on board and our work program intensifies in several existing countries. The secretariat will hire four additional staff who are expected to join in the next three to four months.
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Water number 1 Global Risk


The Global Risk Report 2015 has identified water as the number 1 global risk of highest concern. This will be the 3rd consecutive year, in the top three. The true measure of success of the Sustainable Development Goals will fall squarely on implementation and action. This will prove to be a window of opportunity for 2030 WRG to ignite a fresh push on this agenda. 

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Country highlights

Catalyzing projects and initiatives in South Africa


The Strategic Water Partners Network-South Africa (SWPN-SA) is already catalyzing a wide range of practical projects and initiatives since its inception three years ago. Under the water efficiency focus area, SWPN developed the No Drop incentive program to reduce municipal leakages. Translating the range of current initiatives into practical results that contribute towards reducing the water supply-demand gap remains the focus for 2015.



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Prioritizing investements in Peru


September marked the successful completion of the first analytical study that prioritized investments to close the water gap in coastal catchments, taking into account political, social, and environmental (PSEIA) risks and opportunities. The study was carried out in close coordination with the Peruvian National Water Authority (ANA). One of our partners, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), will finance a second study on innovative financial instruments in the first quarter of 2015 to develop and promote investment mechanisms to attract funds to the water sector.
 
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Financing solutions for drip irrigation in Karnataka


A recent November an December workshop focused on deliberating financing solutions for drip irrigation in the sugarcane industry. The meeting brought together 60 participants from sugar mills, financial institutions and government. The discussions are part of a larger initiative to bring together the private and public sectors around the topic of CSR funding to financing drip irrigation in the sugarcane industry. 

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Learn more about our work in Karnataka »

New reports

Prioritizing Tanzania's river basin

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Joining hands to conserve water in Karnataka

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