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 October 2018

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Free Webinar on "Interpreting climate information for water utilities"

Access to climate information is essential for any good planning and management methodology. The information needed for planning exists, however the challenge for water utilities is in interpreting and understanding how the information can inform, for example, their Water Safety Planning, particularly relating to hazard and risk mitigation. The webinar will explain how water utilities can use and interpret information from selected data sets (e.g. rainfall, temperature, etc.) in their short- to long-term planning to become more climate resilient.

The Flood and Drought Management Tools project has developed a Flood and Drought Portal with a package of web-based applications (tools) which support integration of flood and drought information into planning approaches across scales. This includes a data and information tool which provides global satellite based climate data and information for current and forecasted rainfall and temperature, flood and drought indices, and information on historical hazards.

Target Audience

Water utilities (operators and managers), water utility staff who are part of the water safety planning team, water utility staff responsible for source management.

Helps to have a background in water management, water safety planning, and ability to understand of climate change impacts.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:• Identify what climate information and data is relevant and can be used in your planning and operations.• Interpret and integrate climate information and data in your utility’s management of water resources and water supply.• Use climate information to improve your water safety planning implementation and development process by including climate related hazards and risks in your risk assessment of the water supply system from catchment to tap.• Contribute to the resilience of your water utility.

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16 October 2018

Imagine H2O is open to applications for the 2019 Accelerator

Imagine H2O selects 12-15 water technology startups globally to participate in the annual Accelerator. Imagine H2O's year-long program provides remote access to mentors, in-person marketing and visibility activities, and introductions to a global network of customers and investors. Participants are not required to relocate. 

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27 September 2018

Apply now to join the Danube Hub!

After very successful 1st Danube Hub utility benchmarking cycle that took place in 2017-2018, IAWD is glad to launch the 2nd Danube Hub utility benchmarking cycle.

By establishing the Danube Hub, IAWD is upgrading the existing national and sub-regional Hubs operated under the Utility Benchmarking Program, in order to support capacity building and the sharing of knowledge and experience among its members and other utilities located in the Danube region. The Danube Hub is managed by IAWD with the support of the newly assigned Hub coordinator Aleksandar Kristic.

 

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Business Opportunities

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Job Opening

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04 October 2018

Bucharest, Romania

World Bank seeking Water and Sanitation Specialist (Romanian National) based in Bucharest, Romania

The Local WSS Specialist will support the World Bank engagement in the water sector in Romania. As part of this responsibility, the Specialist will take part in the overall assignment for providing technical support in analyzing and addressing the challenges in meeting the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive (UWWTD) requirements in Romania. In doing so, he/she will be supporting the World Bank team tasked with the delivery of the technical assistance and respective reports. He/she will be working in close coordination with the TTLs leading the RAS project. Depending on time availability, the Local WSS Specialist will also provide support to the preparation of the new lending operation, as well as the InfraSap review. He/she will furthermore join the ECA water team’s engagement on WSS management primarily in the EU sphere of influence (EU member states, EU candidates and potential candidates, and association agreement countries).

See more details and apply at https://worldbankgroup.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=695&site=1

Deadline for application: 19 October 2018

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Calls and Tenders

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25 September 2018

Call for Proposals: Youth for Water and Climate #YWC Platform

The Youth for Water and Climate #YWC Platform is looking for youth-led projects! Deadline to submit: 16 October 2018.

This call for proposals has been designed to identify, encourage and support youth engagement related to water management and climate change adaptation. It is made possible thanks to the International Secretariat for Water and the contribution of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and will enable youth from around the world to access financial support to help implement innovative and creative water and climate projects.

Deadline for application: 16 October 2018

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Job Opening

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16 September 2018

The Hague, The Netherlands

Internship in Communications and Marketing at IWA

IWA provides opportunities for young professionals to gain practical experience through providing internship and trainee positions. Interns are normally completing or have recently completed a relevant graduate course, who intends to study further or pursue a career within a field related to IWA’s activities. At the end of the internship, the IWA intern is expected to deliver a final report or presentation to the overall IWA staff on the work experience. At the end of the period the communications & marketing intern will be acquainted with the IWA work at the international marketing and communications department, how it reaches its audience and membership, and will be familiar with the international water sector and its main topics.  The IWA communications & marketing internship focuses on content creation, social and digital media, audio-visual media production, media relations, marketing tools development.  The intern will benefit from a 12 months free IWA membership.  

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Deadline for application: 21 September 2018

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04 May 2018

Vienna, Austria

DANUBIS.org Breakfast to be held at 2018 DWC

The objective of the DANUBIS.org breakfast to be held in the frame of the 2018 Danube Water Conference is to present the latest updates of the DANUBIS.org water platform including its various applications and uses and encourage a discussion among all participants on their views to make the best use of DANUBIS.org and/or propose improvements.

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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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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.

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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.

 

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WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT, BUSINESS PLANNING, ENERGY EFFICIENCY

@ Bosnia and Herzegovina

REECO doo

RENEXPO® BIH- International fair trade and conferences- renewables, environmental protection, water managment

Hotel Hills, Butmirska cesta 18, Sarajevo, Bosna i Hercegovina // 24 October 2018 - 25 October 2018

Exhibition / Fair

The RENEXPO® BiH is the largest and most important water & energy trade fair in the Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Two days lasting event will gather key accounts from the region and Europe in Sarajevo.Over 80 exhibitors from 20 countries show the latest achievements, products, and technologies in the field of Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Waste management, Water infrastructure, to a broad audience mainly consisting of investors, decision-makers and representatives of authorities. 

In addition to the presentation at the stands, the event distinguishes itself also by numerous conferences, roundtable discussions and B2B meetings offering up to date market information, matching strategic partners and investment opportunities. Selected investment projects are presented in “Investors Business Lounge”, in the exclusive part of the exhibition area. 

For more info please visit our website www.renexpo-bih.com.

Cost: Free ticket entrance- http://www.cloud.dow-media.com/de/freeticket_bih/?L=1&c=UkVFQ08gR1JPVVAgZG9v

Language: English and Bosnian

Start of registration: 24 October 2018

Deadline for registration: 25 October 2018

Status: pre-announced

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WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT, GENERAL, WATER SERVICES

@ Bosnia and Herzegovina

REECO doo

3rd SUSTAINABLE WATER AND WASTE WATER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

Hotel Hills, Butmirska cesta 18, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina // 24 October 2018 - 25 October 2018

Conference / Workshop

BLOCK I: DEVELOPMENTS, PLANNING AND PERSPECTIVES OF WATER SECTOR

BLOCK II: ACHIEVEMENTS OF BH WATER SECTOR AND EFFICIENCY OF COMMUNAL COMPANIES

Water is an essential good for life but also the basis for economic development of a society. The accession of the countries of the SEE region to the EU requires modernisation and upgrading of water infrastructure and services. With 9,781 m3/capita/year, BiH has abundant water resources. 88% of population have access to piped water. Public water services cover 58% of total population for water supply and 31% for sewerage. Poorly maintained infrastructure causes water losses, with even 50% of non-revenue water. Only 3% of the population is connected to wastewater treatment plants. Local units and 142 utilities are unequipped and lacking skills for efficient operation management. In order to achieve the planned water policy investments are estimated at € 3.66 billion within 20 years. The EU has been a key donor for water sector investment. Tariffs are the dominant funding source and important precondition for the sustainable operation of utilities. Optimising tariff system is ongoing program and current topic, as well as the equipment modernisation in BiH.

Cost: Free ticket entrance

Language: Bosnian and English

Start of registration: 24 October 2018

Deadline for registration: 25 October 2018

Status: pre-announced

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Danube Strategic Project Fund

Danube Strategic Project Fund Networking Event

Vienna, Austria // 31 October 2018

Conference / Workshop

At the Danube Strategic Project Fund (DSPF) Networking Event, the DSPF projects are presented to an interested public.

The DSPF funds 12 projects from the different thematic fields covered by the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. Besides the projects' outputs, the event joins stakeholders from both the Danube Region and the Adriatic Ionian Region to discuss topics such as sustainability, youth involvement and civil society participation in the EU Macro-Regions.

Language: english

Start of registration: 16 September 2018

Deadline for registration: 05 October 2018

Status: closed for registration

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27 September 2018

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ADKOM's Bulletin no 2

ADKOM's bulletin for the period April - August 2018.

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Background report

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Marin, Philippe; Ionita, Gabriel; Buteica, Alexandru Cosmin; Niculescu, Cesar; Smets, Susanna; Lopez, Patricia; Dikov, Orlin M.

Romania Water Diagnostic Report : Moving toward EU Compliance, Inclusion, and Water Security

This diagnostic report was prepared by the World Bank to support its water sector dialogue with the Government of Romania. It aims to provide stakeholders, especially from the Romanian Government and the European Commission, with a comprehensive stock-taking of the situation in the Romanian water sector in 2017, 10 years after the country joined the EU. The report documents the current situation, discusses the main lessons learned from reforms in water resources management, water supply sanitation and irrigation, and identifies the key water challenges faced by Romania. While not pretending to cover all possible water-related issues (due inter alia to limited access to some information), it seeks to identify the key policy issues and indicate what steps the government could consider in the near future. The situation in the water sector in Romania is analyzed through the lens of water security, with a focus on compliance with EU water legislation and the inclusion of the poor. Water security is a broad concept that encompasses ensuring sustainable use of water resources, delivering affordable services to all, and mitigating water-related risks in a context of change — the goal being to build a water secure future for the people, the economy and the environment in a context of global changes. In the case of Romania, the over-arching concept of water security is closely linked to compliance and inclusion.

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Marin, Philippe; Ionita, Gabriel; Buteica, Alexandru Cosmin; Niculescu, Cesar; Smets, Susanna; Lopez, Patricia; Dikov, Orlin M.

Romania water diagnostic report : Executive summary

This publication is the executive summary of the “Romania Water Diagnostic Report,” prepared by the World Bank to support its water sector dialogue with the Government of Romania. The full report aims to provide stakeholders, especially from the Romanian Government and the European Commission, with a comprehensive stock-taking of the situation in the Romanian water sector in 2017, 10 years after the country joined the EU. The report documents the current situation, discusses the main lessons learned from reforms in water resources management, water supply sanitation and irrigation, and identifies the key water challenges faced by Romania. While not pretending to cover all possible water-related issues (due inter alia to limited access to some information), it seeks to identify the key policy issues and indicate what steps the government could consider in the near future. The situation in the water sector in Romania is analyzed through the lens of water security, with a focus on compliance with EU water legislation and the inclusion of the poor. Water security is a broad concept that encompasses ensuring sustainable use of water resources, delivering affordable services to all, and mitigating water-related risks in a context of change—the goal being to build a water secure future for the people, the economy and the environment in a context of global changes. In the case of Romania, the over-arching concept of water security is closely linked to compliance and inclusion.

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Environment Agency Austria

Wastewater Management in the Danube Region: Opportunities of EU Accession (annexes)

Under the activity analytical and advisory work of the World Bank / IAWD Danube Water Program, the Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) was entrusted in March 2017 with the execution of this study. It aims to assess the results of UWWTD implementation in the Danube Region, taking into account environmental, economic, sustainability and affordability aspects, in order to derive key conclusions and recommendations. Target countries were the following eight EU Member Countries of the Danube: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The specific objective of this study was to assess the key challenges and actions that countries in the Danube basin can use for wastewater management. This document includes the annexes to the main report, which is uploaded separately. 

Publisher World Bank, Vienna

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Regional analysis

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Environment Agency Austria

Wastewater Management in the Danube Region: Opportunities of EU Accession

Under the activity analytical and advisory work of the World Bank / IAWD Danube Water Program, the Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) was entrusted in March 2017 with the execution of this study. It aims to assess the results of UWWTD implementation in the Danube Region, taking into account environmental, economic, sustainability and affordability aspects, in order to derive key conclusions and recommendations. Target countries were the following eight EU Member Countries of the Danube: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The specific objective of this study was to assess the key challenges and actions that countries in the Danube basin can use for wastewater management.

Publisher World Bank, Vienna

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Good Practice review

2018

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Beyond utility reach? How to close the Urban – rural access gap : a review of rural water and sanitation services in seven countries of the Danube Region

Governments of countries of the Danube region face the double challenge of meeting their citizens demand for quality and sustainable water services, while catching up with the environmental requirements of the European Union. In general, the bulk of public investments have targeted urban areas, resulting in the improvement of drinking water systems and the development of wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure. This process is largely driven by EU accession and compliance targets and in several countries involves the regionalization of service providers. However, rural areas are lagging and significant service access gaps exist in comparison with urban areas. Approximately 28.5 million people remain without access to piped water supply and 22 million remain without flush toilet access in the region, of which at least eight out of 10 reside in rural areas. Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underlines the countries' commitment to achieving universal access to safe and affordable drinking water and safe sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030. Understanding how to effectively reach the rural population with "safely managed services" is paramount from the social inclusion as well as the human rights perspective. Given that the significant access gaps are a major barrier to fulfilling the SDGs, this study was launched to increase awareness and knowledge on how rural service provision is organized, to understand whether and how the aggregation through regional water utilities has effectively reached rural areas, and to present lessons and recommendations for expanding and improving the provision of services for rural populations. Seven countries— Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, and Ukraine—were selected because they represent a wide range of rural water outcomes, different challenges, and sector reform contexts. 

Publisher World Bank, Washington, DC

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