What is the DANUBIS.org Water Platform?

DANUBIS.org stands for Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing. The DANUBIS.org Water Platform is an online knowledge space of resources on water and wastewater services in South-East, Eastern, and Central Europe. DANUBIS.org is jointly managed by the World Bank and IAWD, the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area. 

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24 April 2018


3rd regional conference “Efficient and Sustainable Water Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina” was organised by Association “Aquasan Network in B&H” from 17 to 19 April 2018 in Mostar.

About 200 participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the South-East Europe (SEE) attended the conference. In addition to relevant government representatives from all B&H levels, including representatives of relevant state, entity, cantonal ministries, entity water agencies, representatives of local self-government units (LGUs) and their public water / utility companies (PUCs),representatives of non-governmental organizations and the private sector, representatives of relevant organizations and institutions from Southeast Europe, as well as representatives of national and international financial institutions (MFIs) in B&H and SEE were actively involved in the conference.


Mr. Bosko Kenjic, from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of B&H, stressed that LGUs, together with PUCs, cannot provide the proper services on their own, as there is no proper asset management and human resources management. The legal and institutional framework is the foundation for improving the performance of utility companies. Also, stronger linkage between state and entity institutions with LGUs and PUCs is needed as well as greater accountability both by state and entity institutions.


As Mrs. Hazima Hadzovic, Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry of FB&H pointed out, legal reform should more precisely regulate water services and establish the link between existing water regulations and other regulations on local self-government, in order to achieve a better route and more efficient solutions for these important questions that require significant financial resources.

We must create a legal framework that will create security and provide guarantees from the outset that the funds to be used will be adequately realized. We must keep in mind that these services have to be affordable to end users, stated Mr. Damir Mrdjen, the director of the Water Agency for Adriatic Sea Watershed from Mostar.


Mr. Sandi Zulic, Honorary President of the Aquasan Network in B&H, pointed out that reforming the water services sector should be initiated urgently. It should incorporate changes in the legal and institutional framework, as well as changes that will result in more intensified human capacity development. Without it, we will not be able to implement the necessary changes in legislation or maintain existing quality of service, and the sustainability of the PUCs as a water services provider and the sustainability of capital infrastructure investments will be more than questionable.

During the three-day conference, different capacity development programs for LGUs and PUCs that Aquasan Network implements in B&H have been presented. These programs are focused on asset management, non-revenue water and energy efficiency of pumping plants in water systems, with particular emphasis on the achievements and benefits of these programs. In addition, the new Regional Capacity Development Network (RCDN) initiative in the area of water supply and sanitation in SEE was presented and discussed.

Dynamic panel sessions were organised to discuss best practices and challenges related to above mentioned programs, and also other relevant topics, such as customer relations, cost accounting, management of waste water treatment plants etc.

This year, a "Platform for Dialogue" meeting was held at the conference, with the focus on "Supporting coordination between IFIs and relevant institutions / organizations in B&H”. The purpose of the meeting was to achieve a better understanding of the need for institutionalization of capacity development in B&H legislation and its benefits for the successful implementation of projects financed by domestic and international institutions and ultimately the improvement of services in the water services sector.

The participants had the opportunity to visit the waste water treatment plant in Mostar, with the support of the representatives of the utility company.

The conference ended with a very attractive topic, the position of young professionals in the water services sector. The emphasis was given to recommendations on how to achieve a good networking between the academic community and the labor market so that young professionals are ready to respond to the real needs of the market after their education.

The Embassy of Switzerland in Bosnia and Herzegovina was official partner of the Conference.

The Conference was organised in cooperation with the B&H Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Association of Municipalities and Cities of the Federation of B&H, Association of Local Authorities of Republika Srpska, Association “Waterworks of Republika Srpska” and Association of Employers of Utility Companies in Federation of B&H as well as Republika Srpska Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Federation of B&H Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry, Una-Sana Canton Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry and Adriatic Water Catchment Agency Mostar. The organisation of the Conference is supported by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) through Open Regional Fund for Modernisation of Municipal Services (OFR MMS), Danube Water Program (DWP) through International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD) and World Bank.





Contributed by Emilija Mazar on 24 April 2018

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18 April 2018

GWP launch new tool to map water governance

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) recently launch an online, interactive map showing water governance results.
Behind the many dots on the map are stories where a new water policy, a national adaptation plan, a transboundary management agreement, an investment plan or strategy, a regional planning framework, strengthened legislation or institutional reform led to stronger water governance.


The map can be searched through filtered results - global, regional & transboundary river basins, and country - and by key pillars of IWRM and themes.

Access the GWP map on water governance here.

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 18 April 2018

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22 March 2018

Celebrate World Water Day!

World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, ‘Nature for Water’, explores nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes. When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the clean water we need to survive and thrive.

Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We need to do so much more with ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.

Learn more and get inspired by stories about nature-based solutions on www.worldwaterday.org


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 21 March 2018

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18 April 2018

Call for hosting the fifth EIP Water Conference in 2019

The EIP Water is pleased to announce this call for a host city and conference partners for the fifth EIP Water Conference which is planned to take place in 2019. The conference shall be preceded or followed by side events and site visits. We are now inviting all interested host cities and conference partners to develop and submit their proposals by the deadline of 31 July 2018.

Background and benefits of hosting the EIP Water conference

The host city and conference partners of the EIP Water’s fifth Conference will benefit from the great visibility of the event within the European water sector as well as a number of high-level speakers and international participants. The European Innovation Partnership on Water has taken a central role on the European water innovation landscape, providing a platform for collaboration of all actors in the field of water and innovation. It has succeeded in bringing together a pan-European community of policy-makers, researchers and academia, SME’s and global corporations who collaborate to drive the development of innovative solutions to water challenges and shape water innovation policy in Europe and globally.

The host city and conference partners will be able to showcase their experiences related to water & innovation and, if so agreed with EIP Water, suggest specific topics and challenges of their concern. The previous EIP Water conferences in Brussels (2013), Barcelona (2014), Leeuwarden (2016) and Porto (2017) have demonstrated that the EIP Water conference is a brilliant opportunity for strengthening pan-European and global networking for boosting innovation in the water sector. Since 2013, the event has continued to increase with over 350 participants in Brussels in 2013, more than 400 in Barcelona in 2014, 600 participants in 2016 in Leeuwarden and 1200 participants in Porto.

The organizers are confident that the 2019 conference will once again be an outstanding event for the European water sector and will contribute to removing innovation barriers and creating opportunities for more water innovation in Europe and globally.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 18 April 2018

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Job Opening


18 April 2018

Intern (Water Policy and Regulation)

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 18 April 2018

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Job Opening


18 April 2018

Research Consultant (Natural Capital)

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is looking for a Research Consultant to provide substantive and programmatic support to the GGKP research programme and, particularly, the Natural Capital Expert Working Group.  The deadline to apply is 24 April 2018.

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform office in Geneva was launched in January 2014 to support a global partnership of over 40 leading international organizations, research institutes and think tanks focused on:

  • Collaboratively identifying knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice;
  • Catalysing knowledge generation to address these gaps; and
  • Sharing and disseminating green growth knowledge. 

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 18 April 2018

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Danubis.org News

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22 May 2017

DANUBIS.org Breakfast held at the 2017 DWC

IAWD and World Bank organized a breakfast on the Danubis.org water platform, which was attended by donor agency representatives, regulatory agencies, waterworks associations and individual utilities to jointly brainstorm around how to promote and enhance the use of this rich tool,  with great potential to promote WSS sector agenda and unique analytical tools by utilities and other stakeholders in the Danube region.

Contributed by Danubis on 30 June 2017

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16 May 2017

Summary of April 24, 2017 DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

Please find the Minutes of the DANUBIS.org Steering Group Meeting on 24 April 2017 attached.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 May 2017

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11 May 2017

How to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast on 19 May?

Did you know the origin of the term “Benchmark”?

The term “bench mark”, or “benchmark”, originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made in stone structures, into which an angle-iron could be placed to form a "bench" for a leveling rod, thus ensuring that a leveling rod could be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. These marks were usually indicated with a chiseled arrow below the horizontal line. Even today, brass plates can be found all over the U.K. displaying the letters “OSBM” (Ordnance Survey Bench Mark).

Today, benchmarking is most used to measure performance using a specific indicator (cost per unit of measure, productivity per unit of measure, cycle time of x per unit of measure or defects per unit of measure) resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others.

If you want to learn more about the benchmarking database on DANUBIS.org, please use the password “Benchmark” to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast!


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 11 May 2017

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Upcoming Events

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IWA, University of Zagreb, IHE Delft Insitute for Water Education, IAWD etc.

10th Eastern European IWA Young Water Professionals Conference

Zagreb, Croatia // 07 May 2018 - 12 May 2018

Course / Training, Conference / Workshop

The 10th edition of this successful conference format will be organised in Zagreb in 2018.

The focus will be on "New Technologies in the Water Sector" with a special extended program including three-days practical workshops at the WWTP of Zagreb, followed by a two-days scientific conference.

Please find the Call for Papers below!

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Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 05 September 2017

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International Water Association (IWA)

Water Loss 2018

Cape Town, South Africa // 07 May 2018 - 09 May 2018

Course / Training, Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

Abstract deadline has been extended to the 15 January 2018.
For more details and to register visit the conference website: www.waterloss2018.com

About the Conference

The IWA Water Loss Specialist Group, together with City Of Cape Town, will host the biennial Water Loss Conference and Exhibit from 7 to 9 May 2018 at the Century City Conference Centre and Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Water Loss Conference and Exhibition 2018 will be one of the world’s largest water loss conferences and is expected to attract over 500 participants from more than 50 countries.

Many of the world’s leading experts in the field of Non Revenue Water Management will be present and will discuss the latest developments, strategies, techniques and applications of international best practices as well as successful case studies. In addition they will present a 1-day pre-conference workshop on 6 May 2018 to provide an introduction to the issue of Non Revenue Water Management and an overview of the latest IWA Methodology for reducing water losses from Municipal water supply systems.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available to all service providers who have an interest in water loss reduction. The opportunity to showcase your products and services to the largest group of water loss specialists is not to be missed!

For more details and to register visit the conference website: www.waterloss2018.com

Cost: Approx. 500 USD

Language: English

Contributed by Aleksandar Krstic on 10 January 2018

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@ Romania

Romanian Water Association

EXPOAPA 2018 and Danube Regional Water Forum Eastern Europe

Bucharest, Romania // 14 May 2018 - 16 May 2018

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

For more information, please visit http://www.araexpoapa.ro/


Language: romanian

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Country resources


25 April 2018

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ADKOM's Bulletin

ADKOM's bulletin for the period January - March 2018.
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Contributed by Danubis on 25 April 2018

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25 May 2017

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Energy Regulatory Commission of the Republic of Macedonia

Methodology for the setting of water service tariffs

The Methodology for the setting of water service tariffs shall be adopted so as to set the tariffs by which the water service providers shall generate the regulated revenue required for performing one of the following water services: 

- supply with raw water envisaged for water supplying of the population; 

- supply with drinking water or water supplying;  

- urban wastewater collection and drainage and 

- wastewater treatment. 

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Contributed by Danubis on 18 April 2018

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Research Report


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World Bank - Danube Water Program

FYR Macedonia Country Note

Water and Wastewater Services in the Danube Region - A state of the sector

This note is part of a regional state of the sector review and makes an overall assessment of the state of the sector along different dimensions - namely the context for services, the organization of services, access to services, performance of services and the financing of services.

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Contributed by Angelika Heider on 29 January 2018

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Sector resources

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Aziza Akhmouch, Delphine Clavreul, Peter Glas

Introducing the OECD Principles on Water Governance

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 March 2018

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Good Practice review


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International Water Association

Wastewater Report 2018 - The Reuse Opportunity

The report aims to illustrate the wastewater challenge
and reuse opportunity in eight cities across the globe, presenting
a reuse roadmap and identifying priorities and benefits
to meeting SDG target 6.3. The cities profiled in this
report are not the ‘usual suspects’ of pioneering cities who
have been on this trajectory for some time, but rather cities
small and large from developing countries where the existing
and future challenges are felt more acutely and the need for
change is pressing.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 05 March 2018

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A healthy link: The Protocol on Water and Health and the Sustainable Development Goals

Water, sanitation and health are at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 1999 Protocol on Water and Health is a powerful tool to promote and operationalize the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. With its strong integrated and intersectoral approach, its focus on prevention and on the whole water cycle and its attention to safety and equity aspects, the Protocol’s provisions and principles fully align with SDG 6 “clean water and sanitation”, SDG 3 “good health and well-being” and other water, sanitation and health related targets.

The Protocol’s planning and accountability approach offers a practical framework for Parties to translate the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda into specific national targets and action addressing the key underlying challenges of the sustainable development such as weak governance, intersectoral cooperation and capacity.

The present brochure provides an insight on the linkages between the Protocol and the 2030 Agenda and outlines how the Protocol mechanisms and tools can support countries in achieving the water, sanitation and health related SDGs.

Publisher: United Nations,

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 01 March 2018

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24 April 2018

#Is this Croatian paradise in danger? - Equal Times

Equal Times

Sixteen pools of crystal clear water and a chain of small and big waterfalls, surrounded by luxuriant green vegetation. The Plitvice Lakes are Croatia's postcard image of paradise on Earth, now threatened by a huge upswing in tourism, development and ...

01 April 2018

#Slavonski Brod Still Without Drinking Water - Total Croatia News

Total Croatia News

Asked if the drinking water supply problem would be solved by connecting Slavonski Brod to the Sikirevci water supply plant, Duspara said "the problem will be solved in part. Sikirevci can provide 100-120 litres per second and we need 300... Another ...and more »