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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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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21 March 2018

Event "EU Directives in the Water Sector" taking place in Serbia

In cooperation with the Environment Protection Agency of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Serbia, the Association for Water Technology and Sanitary Engineering (UTVSI), on the occasion of the World Water Day, will organise a seminar on the next steps for implementation of the directives within the EU legislation for the water sector, as a part of the project "Further Implementation of the National Environmental Approach Strategy - EAS". The seminar will be held on Thursday, March 22, from 9 AM to 3 PM in Parliamentary Members Club in Belgrade, Tolstojeva 2.

This project of the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Serbia, funded by the European Union, has been implemented by the company Eptisa, in the consortium with PM Group and Umweltbundesamt. The seminar will be in Serbian and English (simultaneous translation is provided). Participants will be given an electronic publication of the Agency for the Protection of the Environment "The Status of Surface Waters in Serbia - Guidance for Monitoring Plan Development and Implementation".


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

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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

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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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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.

Language: 1

Contributed by Philip Weller on 21 December 2017

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY, OTHER, EU INTEGRATION, WATER SERVICES, GENERAL, WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT

@ Serbia, REGIONAL

REECO SRB DOO

RENEXPO Water&Energy in the Western Balkans

Belgrade, Serbia // 24 April 2018 - 26 April 2018

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

RENEXPO® WATER & ENERGY in the Western Balkans, for the fifth time, will take place at BELEXPO CONGRESS CENTER, Belgrade.

RENEXPO® WATER & ENERGY in the Western Balkans has achieved to be the biggest international platform for energy and environmental experts in the region.

During three days events visitors have the opportunity to:

  • Meet the industry leaders — from over 20 European countries ranging from a system provider operating on a global scale to highly specialized enterprises - from Environment, Heating Technology, Renewable Energy, Water Management, Electric mobility, Energy Efficiency sector.
  • Attend International Conferences, Round Tablas, Exhibitor Forum, Meet up and Seminars
  • Learn about new products and services, technologies and solutions
  • Attend investment meetings in Investors Business Lounge, where Investment projects from all over the region will be presented
  • Attend Guided exhibition tour, Official Evening reception and other side event

3rd SUSTAINABLE WATER AND WASTE WATER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE will be held on Wednesday, 25th of April.

You can found conference program here: http://renexpo-belgrade.com/en/conference/conference-program/3rd-sustainable-water-waste-water-management-conference/

 

Cost: free

Language: English, Serbian

Contributed by Milan Petrović on 13 April 2018

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@ Croatia

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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Country resources

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25 May 2017

Pdf file available in:

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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

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

Background or theoretical study

2018

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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

2018

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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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Other

2016

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UN ECE and WHO

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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01 April 2018

#Slavonski Brod Still Without Drinking Water - Total Croatia News

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Mayor Mirko Duspara said citizens were being supplied with drinking water from 13 tank trucks and that on Saturday the Red Cross provided 6,000 litres of water to the sick or elderly who could not get to the supply points. He added that other towns and ...and more »