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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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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17 January 2018

Celebrate 2018 with 12 Cartoons on Water and Sanitation

As 2018 makes its big entrance, the World Bank is delighted to welcome its Water Cartoon Calendar! Each year, the calendar shines a light on the most pressing water issues faced by communities around the world and aims to stimulate inspiration and ideas in pursuit of a healthy and water-secure world for all. 

Under the auspices of the Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership (GWSP), the Water Cartoon Calendar has carried on the tradition of raising awareness around critical global water issues through humor. Five priority themes have been identified where action is critically needed to achieve the SDGs for water - sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing and resilience - which provide the inspiration for the 2018 Water Cartoon Calendar. Check the 12 cartoons here, share with #WaterCartoon on social media, and download a high-res version of the calendar to print on your printer.  


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 2018

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17 January 2018

The European Commission launches a public consultation on EU funds in the area of cohesion

The European Commission (the Commission) has recently launched a public consultation on EU funds in the area of cohesion, with the goal to collect the views of all interested parties on how to make the most of every euro of the EU budget. The opinions provided within the public consultation will be used this year within the process of development of comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (the EU's long-term budget). 

The consultation in a form of an online questionnaire, available in 23 EU languages, is open until 8 March 2018 to all citizens and stakeholders interested in Cohesion policy, including beneficiaries of EU programmes and funds such as national, regional and local authorities, inter-governmental and non-governmental bodies, academic institutions, civil society and enterprises.

The Commission will publish the replies shortly after the end of the consultation period.

Detailed information, along with the link to the online questionnaire, is available on the website of the European Commission.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 2018

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Job Opening

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17 January 2018

Internship at UN-ECE - deadline 18 January

Under the supervision of the Programme Manager of the Environmental Performance Review Programme, the intern will:

(a) Provide general support to the preparation of the Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Kazakhstan (preparation of annexes, verification of documents, Russian/English translation);
(b) Support the finalization of the publication of reviews of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Mongolia (proofreading);
(c) Provide general assistance, as required (e.g. translation, drafting and editing of documents, background research, and correspondence);
(d) Support the work under the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), in particular through drafting documents and communication materials in preparation for the Fifth High-level Meeting under THE PEP;
(e) Provide support to the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Programme as required, including for the implementation of project activities (e.g., organization of training workshops and the drafting, editing and translation of documents and training materials).

This internship is located in the Environment Division, Economic Commission for Europe based in Geneva, and is expected to start on 1 February 2018 to 30 April 2018.

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Job Opening

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17 January 2018

Research Scholar (Postdoctoral Level) in Hydrological and Water Resources Modeling

Duties will be carried out at the IIASA premises in Laxenburg, Austria. The successful candidate will initially be offered a one-year employment contract. Following a satisfactory evaluation of the first year’s work, the appointment period can be extended further. The EUCP project will run for four years.

As part of the European Climate Prediction (EUCP) system, the successful candidate will assist with the development of the in-house open source hydrological and Community Water Model (CWatM), and with the design of state-of-the-art sectoral and cross-sectoral indicators to assess future hydro-meteorological risks (e.g., flood, drought, water scarcity) at various spatial scales relevant to end users in support of monitoring SDGs 6 and 13 for the near term (~1-40 year).

A key focus is on helping with the advancement of climate and non-climatic (i.e. human activities) attributions of hydro-meteorological events and impacts at various spatial scales, using the CWatM. The indicators will support the monitoring of the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the relevant targets of the EU Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk reduction (SFDRR). Indicators will be developed in support of various sectors/priority areas of the Global Framework for Climate Services (e.g., water, energy, agriculture and food security, disaster risk reduction, health, urban environments). Key-input for this analysis are the high resolution climate projections of rainfall, wind and other relevant climate variables provided as gridded time-series, which will be used to force the CWatM producing relevant indicators.

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Calls and Tenders

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17 January 2018

UNDP seeks to establish an Experts Roster in the area of International Fresh Water Resources Management

The Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH) is UNDP’s main knowledge and advisory hub for the Europe and CIS Region (ECIS). It aims to connect the region to a global network of development experts, to build knowledge and capacity, and to forge partnerships to meet the development challenges of a large and diverse region.

In order to achieve these aims, the IRH employs a team of in-house policy advisers and specialists, backed by an extensive roster of outside experts. Programme advisers and specialists provide demand-driven advisory services, access to knowledge, and technical backstopping to RBEC country offices and GEF IW Projects implemented in the region. The countries to be served under this roster are those in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, and Egypt, Libya, Chad, and Sudan.

The UNDP GEF International Waters Team provides support to the process of developing, implementing, and evaluating national and international water management projects.  It also covers the thematic areas of Sustainable Development Goal #6, as well as green production, social inclusion, and stakeholder outreach for fresh water management projects. They may also be responsible for leading and managing the regional practice work through communities of practice (COP) in their respective areas of expertise.

UNDP IRH invites applications from qualified experts to establish a roster of consultants to work on various consultancy assignments in the region. 

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 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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Governments of Estonia and Serbia, with the support of the Water Convention secretariat, serviced by UNECE

Global workshop - Moving forward transboundary water cooperation: Building on its benefits

Geneva, Switzerland // 06 February 2018 - 07 February 2018

Conference / Workshop

Transboundary water cooperation is necessary to manage shared waters in an integrated and sustainable way. It has the potential to generate many significant benefits for cooperating countries, such as accelerated economic growth, improved human well-being, enhanced environmental sustainability and increased political stability. Nevertheless, many challenges can prevent or delay countries from embracing effective joint management of transboundary waters, including because of an incomplete or biased perception of the benefits that could be attained.
The workshop will bring together professionals from all over the world working on transboundary water cooperation to discuss how the identification, assessment and communication of the broad range of benefits generated by transboundary water cooperation can prompt, support or strengthen cooperation in transboundary basins. It will provide a platform to share experiences, good practices, challenges faced and lessons learnt from transboundary basins where work has been carried out to better understand, analyze and communicate the benefits of transboundary water cooperation as well as the cost of inaction, but also transboundary basins where development has been guided by common benefits/ benefit sharing arrangements.

The target audience includes governmental representatives, but also water managers and representatives of joint bodies such as transboundary water commissions, and representatives of international organizations (including development partners and international financial institutions), as well as journalists, diplomats, parliamentarians, representatives of academia, research institutes, private sector, civil society and other independent experts.

The workshop will be organized under the leadership of the Governments of Estonia and Serbia, with the support of the Water Convention secretariat, serviced by UNECE. Funding for the workshop is provided by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands and the Geneva Water Hub.

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Language: English, French, Russian and Spanish

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 17 January 2018

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

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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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ADKOM

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

Orhid, Macedonia // 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: English

Contributed by Philip Weller on 21 December 2017

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Country resources

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 strategy

24 June 2017

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AMAC Association

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20 Legea privind plata pentru poluarea mediului nr. 1540-XIII din 25.02.1998 și alte acte normative.

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http://amac.md/Buletine/Buletin_20.pdf

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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24 June 2017

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AMAC Association

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19 Hotărîrea Agenţiei Naţionale de Reglementare în Energetică № 24/2017 din 26 ianuarie 2017 " Cu privire la aprobarea Regulamentului privind procedurile de achiziţie a bunurilor, lucrărilor şi serviciilor utilizate în activitatea titularilor de licență din sectoarele electroenergetic, termoenergetic, gazelor naturale și operatorilor care furnizează serviciul public de alimentare cu apă și de canalizare" .

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http://amac.md/Buletine/Buletin_19.pdf

 

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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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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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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