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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Sector News

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31 January 2018

Danube invests in human capacity for cleaner water

Great article on the work of IAWD in the Danube region inlcuding the Danube Water Program published in "The Source".

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It is not the deepest, steepest, longest or strongest but from its source in Germany’s Black Forest town of Donaueschingen, to its mouth in Romania’s free port of Sulina on the Black Sea, the Danube is by far the world’s most politically complex river, traversing ten countries, and with tributaries, draining nine more. Geostrategic forces have shaped borders since ancient Rome. But as urbanisation has brought new threats, today’s Danube is primarily an urban river that runs through or past 98 cities, including four major capitals.

Yet for centuries, the river sparked rivalries rather than trust. Each city along the river acted more or less alone, despite sharing a common resource. They worked in isolation within the same country, let alone across national borders; and this worsened after World War II with divisions into the Eastern European bloc.

All too often, cities diverted upstream currents like an intake pipe for use, then disposed of urban waste (treated or untreated) back downstream as a natural sewer. But this changed starting in 1993, after the Iron Curtain fell, when a new utility alliance set out to replenish the Danube."

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 31 January 2018

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31 January 2018

ISO focus on water and sanitation

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) publishes six times per year the ISOfocus magazine in English, French and Spanish.
The latest edition of ISOfocus aims to raise awareness of the critical state of water resources around the world and inspire more action to tackle it.

This issue provides updates on developments in the water sector and is a vital source of up-to-date information about the water and wastewater industry. With its focus on driving performance in urban water services for rapidly growing cities, it undoubtedly speaks to the most pressing issue of our time.

Access and read the magazine here.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 31 January 2018

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17 January 2018

Croatia: Reducing Wastewater Pollution in Sensitive Coastal Areas of the Adriatic Sea

Cities along the Adriatic coastline of Croatia boast a sizable and fast growing tourism industry that is one of the key pillars of the country’s economy. However, the practice of discharging untreated sewage directly into the Adriatic Sea resulted in serious threats of environmental degradation of coastal waters, in addition to constraining tourism-based economic development. From the project’s start in 2009 to the project closure in 2015, the Coastal Cities Pollution Control Project 2 (CCPCP) supported the elimination of untreated wastewater discharge, piloted innovative wastewater treatment solutions, engaged in institutional strengthening, and improved seawater quality monitoring in the coastal area.

The World Bank (IBRD) provided the Republic of Croatia with a loan in the amount of US$87.50 million. The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) co-financed the project with a grant in the amount of US$6.4 million to help further reduce the nutrient loads entering Croatia’s coastal waters and to pilot innovative wastewater treatment solutions in several smaller municipalities.

Hrvatske vode (Croatian Waters), the main institutional player in the provision and management of wastewater services in Croatia, served as a focal point for the project preparation and implementation. In addition, the Croatian Ministry of Environmental Protection was responsible for the implementation of the seawater quality monitoring project component.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 2018

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Business Opportunities

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Job Opening

@ Moldova

20 February 2018

Moldova citizens: National Project Officer

The incumbent is recruited by the OCEEA (on a part-time basis - at 50% time) and is physically based in the OSCE Mission to Moldova to support the implementation of the OSCE project "Enabling Transboundary Cooperation and Integrated Water Resources Management in the Dniester River Basin" led by the OCEEA.

This Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project will assist the Governments of Moldova and Ukraine in the implementation of the Dniester River Basin Treaty that entered into force in July 2017 and had been drafted, negotiated, signed and ratified with the OSCE support. The project will help establish, as required by the Treaty, a Dniester River Basin Commission and its working groups to enable effective implementation of the Treaty. It envisions development of a detailed Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis for the basin and of a joint Strategic Action Programme. 

Note: This is a temporary position per the duration of the project, through July 2020.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 20 February 2018

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Job Opening

@ Ukraine, REGIONAL

20 February 2018

Première Urgence Internationale seeks as WASH Project Manager

The Water Supply, Sanitation & Hygiene Program Manager (WASH PM) will be responsible for the management and implementation of an integrated WASH program in Eastern Ukraine.The WASH PM will work under the supervision of the Field Coordinator based in Kostyantinovka.

The WASH PM position’s major objectives are to properly achieve the following global tasks:

  • Proper implementation of all aspects of the UNICEF WASH project
  • Team management of all operational staff within the project.
  • Ability to design and scale up Water supply, Water treatment and Sanitation systems and Hygiene response

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 20 February 2018

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Calls and Tenders

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15 February 2018

Sweden, Stockholm

Call for young professional speakers at Stockholm World Water Week

At SIWI we believe a water wise world can only be achieved when youth have strong voices and representation in decision making. The Young Professional speakers directory has been set up to help World Water Week session convenors raise the voices of youth by including them in speaking panels. 

By participating in the Young Professional speakers directory you are ensuring:

- You are between 16 and 35 years of age on August 31, 2018.
- You are available to attend the World Water Week in Stockholm from 26 - 31 August 2018.
- You are able, if required, to cover the complete cost of your travel, accommodation and registration.
- You have completed a Bachelor’s degree in a related area of study or have at least 2 years of experience working with the subject matter.
- You are well versed in the subject matter and feel comfortable speaking at length about the issues.
- You are able to effectively communicate in English, both written and orally.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 15 February 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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GENERAL

@ REGIONAL

World Water Council

World Water Forum 2018

Brasilia, Brasil // 18 March 2018 - 23 March 2018

Conference / Workshop

The World Water Forum is the world’s biggest water-related event and is organized by the World Water Council (WWC), an international organization that brings together all those interested in the theme of water. Its mission is “to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life on Earth”.

The World Water Council organizes the Forum every three years together with the respective host country and city. To date, there have been seven editions of the World Water Forum, in different countries, on four different continents. In 2014, Brazil’s candidature to host the event was successful and Brasilia was selected as the host-city for the event. Accordingly, in 2018, Brazil will be hosting the 8th edition of the World Water Forum. It will be the first time the event is held in the Southern Hemisphere.
 

Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 31 January 2018

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ASSET MANAGEMENT, COMMERCIAL EFFICIENCY, EU INTEGRATION, ACCESS TO FINANCING, WATER SERVICES, GENERAL, WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT

@ Bulgaria

Bulgarian Water Association

Tenth International Conference Bulaqua

Sofia, Bulgaria // 27 March 2018

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

INVESTMENT CHALLENGES FOR THE WSS SECTOR

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS AND FINANCIAL STRATEGIES

BWA organises on 27-28 March 2018 its traditional conference “Bulaqua”. During the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU main topic of the event will be the future investments in the water sector.

AIMS

The conference aims to put accent on the priorities, perspectives and requirements that stand in front of the WSS sector for more efficient work of all stakeholders. The considerable and complex projects as well as the need of enormous investments regarding the water sector require the assemblage of the whole national management, expert and execution resource. In this regard BWA recognises the need to attract both public and private stakeholders in order to resolve the issues that investors and beneficiaries meet daily.

The main aim of the event being unofficial part of the programme for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2018 is to present to all attendees best available practices and ideas in the context of the conference.

MAIN TOPICS

• The needs for investments within the context of constantly changing EU legislation;
• Possibilities for access to EU funds and their efficiency;
• Public-private partnerships as instrument for financing;
• WSS services’ prices and their social tolerance;
• Innovative technologies, materials and constructions;
• Modern technologies for wastewater and sludge treatment;
• Scientific & technical developments in the WSS sector.

ABSTRACT INVITATION

International authors wishing to submit papers should send to the e-mail address of BWA (see below) an abstract in English, up to 200 words (1/2 page A4), until December 22nd, 2017. Abstracts should be presented as MS Word files, typesetting Arial 10 pt for the whole text, left alignment, Normal style, Sentence case. The time for presentation is up to 20 min.

The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by January 12th, 2018 and the successful authors will be invited to submit by March 2nd, 2018 via e-mail the full text of their papers (maximum 10 pages 18 000 chars with spaces) and/or presentations in English. No special requirements exist for papers formatting. Both abstracts and papers will be put on the web site of BWA (with the permission of the corresponding author). Please note that the presentation is obligatory for the event. The author of approved abstract (with no advertising material) does not pay entrance fee for the conference.

The authors of approved abstract (with no advertising material in in) do not pay participation fee for the conference.

FIRM PARTICIPATION

The possibilities for partnership will be available soon on the web site of BWA - http://bwa-bg.com/en/bwa_events/bulaqua-2018/

WATER SOFIA 2018 EXHIBITION

Along with the conference a specialised International Exhibition “Water Sofia 2017” will take place in the same venue during 27-29 March 2018. The participants of the conference will receive a pass for the exhibition. Additional details can be found in the attached files, as well as by visiting the site of our partners or the topic of the event on BWA’s web site.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

• Submission of abstracts 22.12.2017
• Confirmation for approved abstract 12.01.2018
• Second call and preliminary programme 22.01.2018
• Registraion start 22.03.2018
• Full text of reports or presentations of an applied scientific report 2.03.2018
• Inquiry for advertising presentations 2.03.2018

Looking forward to meeting you in Bulgaria - the BWA's team is at your disposal for any questions and inquiries via e-mail: bwa.sofia@gmail.com

Language: Bulgarian / English

Contributed by Dimitar Mihalkov on 19 December 2017

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@ FYR Macedonia

ADKOM

10th International Conference on Water and Waste Water Reality and Challenges

Orhid, Macedonia/Охрид, Македонија // 24 April 2018 - 26 April 2018

Conference / Workshop

Drinkable pure water in nature has become less in its true form and
is more polluted by various types of pollutants which, at the final
consequence, endanger the health of people.
In the past two decades, all over the world, major steps have been
taken to improve the work of water utilities in terms of optimizing
operating costs and optimizing the quality of services, while also
striving to maintain the price of water at reasonable economic
boundaries.
The main goal of the international conference is to study the various
options that could be taken to "modernize" the regulation of the
water sector in the Republic of Macedonia, in order to promote truly
sustainable utility companies that protect our environment whilst
ensuring services of safe water supply and waste water reuse at
national level.

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Contributed by Philip Weller on 21 December 2017

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Country resources

Other

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 30 January 2018

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Research Report

2015

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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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Government policy or strategy

2017

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BMLFUW

National River Basin Management Plan 2015

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 28 August 2017

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Sector resources

Other

2016

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Roberto Martin-Hurtado

Guidance Note on the Development of Action Plans to Ensure Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation

The Guidance Note on the development of action plans aims to help countries in translating the priorities identified through the self-assessment into actions. Specific Equitable Access Action Plans are needed to guide country (or sub-national entity) efforts to achieve equitable access to water and sanitation by identifying priority actions to be implemented and ways of implementing them. The Note describes the content of Action Plans and their process of development.

This Note is mostly intended for government authorities and stakeholders in the water, health, education, social affairs, finance and other relevant sectors that would like to take action to reduce inequities in access to water and sanitation services. It is relevant both to countries that have already completed a self-assessment exercise, and to countries that are considering to embark in an integrated exercise that would include a self-assessment phase and an action planning phase. While the work carried out under the Protocol is primarily geared towards countries in the pan-European region, countries from other regions might also find this Note useful.

Publisher: United Nations,

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 2018

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Other

2017

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Lisa Guppy

Accelerating water-related SDG success: 6 Steps and 6 Components for SDG 6

The United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) launched a policy brief with six steps and six components for accelerating implementation of SDG 6.
The findings of the brief state that:

• Effective national enabling environments that accelerate SDG implementation are built on collaborations between all concerned government institutions, expert groups and civil society.

• There are six critical components that governments can focus on to meet SDG 6 with equity and true sustainability: these are adequate capacity; policy and institutional strength; finance; gender mainstreaming; disaster risk reduction and resilience mainstreaming; and governance integrity.

• There are six steps to accelerate implementation. It begins with a situational analysis of these six critical components. Then, an effective analysis builds an evidence base that supports decision-making and implementation - from now to 2030.

Publisher: United Nations University Institute for W ater Environment and Health,

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 2018

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Background or theoretical study

2017

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World Bank Group

Joining Forces for Better Services? When, Why, and How Water and Sanitation Utilities Can Benefit from Working Together

This global study was initiated to provide evidence-based guidance to policy makers and practitioners regarding when, why, and how water and sanitation utilities can work together (“aggregate”) to successfully deliver specific policy outcomes, such as better services or lower costs. This work does not advocate for or against aggregations but rather presents and reviews global evidence, analyzes specific aggregation case studies, and identifies the key characteristics that successful aggregations have in common, depending on their purpose and the context in which they occur. Acknowledging that it is
challenging to make “before aggregation” and “after aggregation” cost comparisons because the levels of service are changing, this work focuses on proposing recommendations for successful aggregation, shaping lessons learned into a checklist of key questions to ask, and pointing out key decision points. The recommendations are based on evidence and observed experiences rather than theoretical considerations and sometimes run counter to conventional
wisdom on aggregation practices.
This study consists of a review of literature and an analysis of both qualitative and quantitative evidence—including a statistical analysis based on IB-Net data covering 1,306 utilities
from more than 140 countries; a review of global aggregation trends, collecting data for 111 countries; and 14 case studies from seven countries, providing a deep dive narrative of
aggregation experiences.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 04 October 2017

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