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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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20 June 2018

Vienna, Austria

2467km - A trip to the Black Sea

Pure Water for Generations e.V. announces the film premiere "2467km - A trip to the Black Sea"

Prior to the screening a panle discussion will take place with the following participants:

  • Ulrich Eichelmann (RiverWatch)
  • Georg Frank (Nationalpark Donauauen)
  • Alexander Wippel (Big Wave Surfer)
  • Ivan Zavadsky (IKSD)
  • Pascal Rösler

2467km | Trailer on Vimeo

PURE WATER FOR GENERATIONS e.V. and VERY FILM 
present 2467km - JOURNEY TO THE BLACK SEA A mini documentary series following a mans contribution to change.…

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16 May 2018

Aquasan Network in B&H and the Regional Capacity Development Network for Water and Sanitation Services (RCDN) contribute to the 2018 Danube Water Conference

The 2018 edition of the traditional Danube Water Conference took place on 2 and 3 May 2018 in Vienna, Austria, organised by the International Water Association for the Danube Catchment Area (IAWD) and the World Bank. The Conference brought together more than 120 senior water sector representatives from more than 15 countries, to discuss topics related to „Achieving sustainable water and sanitation for all: progress, challenges and future actions in the Danube Region”.

Via key note speeches, panel discussions, presentations, and interactive workshops, the conference opened topics such as: Challenges in achieving sustainable water and sanitation services (WSS) in the Danube region, International and national actions to achieve sustainable WSS, Smart policies for sector governance, Strong utilities for sustainable services, Smart policies for inclusive services, Innovation in WSS, etc.

The conference paid special attention to capacity development in the water and sanitation sector as a precondition for quality staff and good service. On the first day, Vesna Muslic, President of Aquasan Network in B&H, presented concrete actions on strengthening cooperation and capacities of water utilities and local governments. She also moderated the second-day session on strong utilities for sustainable services aiming to present how capacity building activities can ensure and improve
efficiency and sustainability of water services provision, looking at performed analytical work and
illustrated by number of examples from the region and beyond. Also on the second day of the Conference, Sandi Zulic, Honorary President of Aquasan Network in B&H and Chairperson of Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) Committee Council, presented the status, challenges and outlook of capacity development programs delivered under the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) highlighting cooperation and sustainability as key points.

The Regional Capacity Development Network for the Water and Sanitation Services (RCDN) in SEE and the opportunities it offers were presented to participants. “RCDN offers a wide spectrum of support measures that increase the capacities of the national Associations of local governments and public utility companies, that shall be the drivers of the capacity development processes; provides a great portfolio of high-quality capacity development products that strengthen capacities of municipalities and public utility companies; and works with all the relevant national stakeholders to enable the supporting environment for effective capacity development”-these were the key messages conveyed by the RCDN Project Implementation Team (PIT), formed by Aquasan, NALAS and IAWD on behalf of GIZ.

The PIT moderated table discussions that further explored topics relevant to capacity development, such as:

  • What are further capacity development needs – technical topics vs. soft skills, both for LGUs and water utility companies?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges for a utility manager to support the participation of their staff in capacity development initiatives?
  • How can LGUs support the capacity development programs delivered by the national associations and vice versa?
  • How can national level entities incentivize the uptake of the capacity development programs, e.g. policies or other instruments?

Sandi Zulic also addressed in the closing session of the 2018 Danube Water Conference. He underlined the importance of cooperation between local self-government units and their public utility companies as well cooperation amongst other stakeholders at all levels. One of the forms of such cooperation are platforms for dialogue that Aquasan Network in BiH has already rolled out in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the purpose of achieving better understanding on the need to institutionalise capacity development in BiH legislation and its benefits for successful implementation of projects financed by domestic and international institutions and ultimately improvement of the services in the sector of water services.

 

On 3 May 2018, RCDN Project Advisory Board meeting was organised. The Board reviewed the activities implemented in the past six months and set the strategic directions for the upcoming period. The Board endorsed the capacity development plan for the partner LGAs and APUCs for 2018, that shall strengthen their capacities in planning and implementation of capacity development programs to serve the needs of their members.  Board members also discussed quality standards for training delivery, pool of trainers, implementation of first CD measures, RCDN operational model and financial scheme and inventory od CD products.

 

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24 April 2018

EFFICIENT AND SUSTAINABLE WATER SERVICES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

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.

 

 

 

 

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Job Opening

@ Austria

29 May 2018

Wastewater Expert

Als bedeutendste ExpertInnen-Institution für Umwelt in Österreich und einer der führenden Umweltberater in Europa stehen wir für die Transformation von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft zur Sicherung nachhaltiger Lebensbedingungen. Unsere ExpertInnen entwickeln Entscheidungsgrundlagen auf lokaler, regionaler, europäischer und internationaler Ebene. Wir arbeiten transparent und überparteilich und stehen im Dialog mit Politik, Verwaltung, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Zivilgesellschaft. Zur Verstärkung unseres Teams suchen wir in Teilzeit für 20 Stunden eine/n AbwasserexpertIn.

Deadline for application: 14 June 2018

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Job Opening

@ Austria, REGIONAL

17 May 2018

Krems an der Donau, Austria

Postdoctoral position in the field of Water Quality & Health

Job description

Starting with June 2018, the Research Division Water Quality and Health at KL University offers a permanent postdoctoral tenure track research position in the field of "Water Quality and Health" under the lead of Prof. Dr. Andreas Farnleitner and Prof. Dr. Alexander Kirschner. The offered position is projected for 30 hrs per week with the option to increase working hours based on third-party funded projects. We offer a challening job in an international, interdisciplinary and highly motivated team.

Deadline for application: 30 May 2018

Job description Starting with June 2018, the Research Division Water Quality and Health at KL University offers a permanent postdoctoral tenure track research position in the field of "Water Quality and Health" under the lead of Prof. Dr. Andreas Farnleitner and Prof. Dr. Alexander Kirschner. The offered position is projected for 30 hrs per week with the option to increase working hours based on third-party funded projects. We offer a challening job in an international, interdisciplinary and highly motivated team.

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Calls and Tenders

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17 May 2018

Experts Roster: Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience

GEOtest would be happy to cooperate with highly-motivated Experts and insert them in its Roster for international projects.

GEOtest is a growing consultancy firm providing wide spectrum services in the field of international projects. Since its establishment in 2011, the Framework Contracts Department provides technical assistance on a range of development cooperation issues from Human Rights, Democracy and Peace challanges to Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience.

Deadline for application: 30 June 2018

GEOtest would be happy to cooperate with highly-motivated Experts and insert them in its Roster for international projects.

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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

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DEX - Deutscher Expertenrat

DEX Summer School: Advanced course on water quality management

Rottenbach, Austria // 01 July 2018 - 06 July 2018

Course / Training

DEX summer school started in 2009 and was successfully continued since then with more than 170 young water professionals from 12 countries. The 2018 program follows the strategy of maintaining basic lectures enriched with new topics of interest. All teachers are internationally well recognised academics with long term scientific and practical experience in the field of their lectures and beyond: A unique opportunity.
The content of the course includes: advanced scientific background, state-of-the-art technology, experiences and practical aspects for the design and operation of sewer systems, wastewater treatment plants, sludge treatment and energy management.

Special emphasis is on participation of young professionals from the new EU member states and accession countries in Eastern Europe.

The fee amounts to € 390.- and includes full board, the bus transfer to the accommodation and excursions. Please register until 25th May 2018 (by fax or e-mail), using the attached form.

More information

Cost: 390 Euros

Language: english

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@ Albania

SHUKALB and SHUKOS

Save the Date: Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition - Water and Nature

Tirana, Albania // 07 November 2018 - 09 November 2018

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

By invitation only

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WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT, WATER SERVICES AND CLIMATE CHANGE, WATER SERVICES

@ Czech Republic, REGIONAL

IWA, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague

11th Eastern European YWP Conference

Prague, Czech Republic // 09 October 2019 - 12 October 2019

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Language: english

By invitation only

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10th international conference "Water and Waste - Reality and Challenges"

ADKOM is the representative of the interests of the public communal utilities in the country and is a reliable partner in their daily operations. Following the world standards, as well as the needs in the country, ADKOM organized the 10th international conference on "Water and Waste - Reality and Challenges".


The conference was held on April 23-26, 2018 in Ohrid, and it was organized in cooperation with PE "Vodovod i Kanalizacija" Skopje, PE "Komunalna Higiena" Skopje, as well as with the assistance of the sponsors.

The main goal of the international conference was 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.

 

Conference videos: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg23hrlDdXY 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvPOTtQyA54

 

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ADKOM's Annual Report

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ADKOM's Bulletin

ADKOM's bulletin for the period January - March 2018.
 
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White, O., Sadauskis, R., Sheate, W., Papadopoulou, L.

Water Use in the Western Balkans: regional outlooks and global megatrends

This 12 months study into the potential implications of GMTs in the Western Balkans region has drawn on the knowledge of a range of regional experts in environmental, resource, infrastructure and related research, planning and policy, together with the collection and review of available evidence (literature, indicators) on the status and outlook for regional environmental issues related to water, energy and food. The method applied was designed to be participatory in nature, and used a systematic approach to make use of the available evidence to discuss and prioritise potential impacts on water, energy and food in the Western Balkans region based on the knowledge and judgement of regional experts.

Publisher European Topic Centre on inland, coastal and marine waters,

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Lidija Globevnik, Luka Snoj, Gašper Šubelj – TC Vode, Slovenia

Outlook on Water and Climate Change Vulnerability in the Western Balkans

The report presents the state and future of water resources in the Western Balkan region in the context of climate change and socio-economic developments. The extensive knowledge base provided by the EEA and ETC/ICM experts has been combined with the knowledge from the local experts. In addition, the outcomes gathered in previous similar projects (notably “Security implications of future water use in the Western Balkans: challenge of hydropower development”) have been also included in the report. However, there is still a lack of available information from the West Balkan region, which in many cases can hinder preparing reliable assessments of environmental and socio-economic state and trends.

The report aims to support forward-looking knowledge in the Western Balkan region by exploring different plausible futures and contributes to forward-looking analyses for the region. It presents current state, trends and future estimates that shape water availability, water uses, opportunities and water related risks in the region, and as such complements the overall aims of the project “Water Use in the Western Balkans: Regional Outlooks and Global Megatrends” by providing quantitative analysis that supports projections of global megatrends in the region. In addition, the report connects global megatrend implications and scenarios, which can alter these implications.

Publisher European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal and Marine Waters – ETC/ICM,

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World Bank and Water Environment Research Foundation

Energy Management for Water Utilities in Latin America and the Caribbean with Austria case study

Recognition of the importance of energy management for water and wastewater utilities is on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Meanwhile, energy use, electricity costs, and populations are booming. LAC countries are working within this context to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through an increased access to sanitation, the mitigation of polluted waterways, and a reduction of carbon emissions.As part of a multifaceted project on energy management for water utilities, this report explores energy efficiency and energy recovery potential in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) across the LAC region. Case studies from Colombia, Brazil, United States and Austria. This report is relevant for the Danube region as the challenges and drivers in energy efficiency found in LAC parallel those of the Danube region.

Publisher The World Bank, Washington DC

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