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 September 2018

Brussels, Belgium

Public consultation on the Evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive is open

The consultation aims to collect views on how the urban waste water treatment directive (Council Directive 91/271/EEC concerning urban waste water treatment), has affected urban waste water collection and treatment across the EU and thereby improved the state of our water bodies and the environment in general.

The consultation has as objective on the one hand to gather general views from the public on their understanding and relation with (waste) water and on the other hand to gather more detailed information and opinions from experts and public and private entities in charge of implementation on the specificities of the directive.

You can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online questionnaire via EU Survey.

The questionnaire is accessible in all official EU languages (except Irish). Replies may be submitted in any EU official language.  

The questionnaire has two parts. One part aimed at the general public, and one part with more detailed, technical questions aimed at experts. You are invited to reply to both parts of the questionnaire, but you may reply to only one of the parts if you wish.

It will take about 20-30 minutes to answer the questionnaire. You may pause the questionnaire at any time and continue later. Once you have submitted your answers, you can download a copy of your completed responses.

Public consultation on the Evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive | European Commission

The consultation seeks views on the urban waste water treatment directive

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16 September 2018

SHUKALB and SHUKOS published new dates of the joint training program

SHUKALB and SHUKOS have planned to deliver a number of training courses till the end of 2018, within the framework of their Joint Training Program.

The table below lists all the training courses planned to be delivered during the period September-December 2018.  By clicking on the title of each training course, you can view a description for each course with information on course objectives, target group, training methodology, materials and registration fees.

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28 August 2018

Tirana, Albania

Deadline for Submitting an Abstract to the 6th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition Is Approaching!

SHUKALB and SHUKOS encourage you to hurry up and submit your abstracts in the Program of the 6th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition to be held in Tirana, Albania, on 7 – 9 November 2018, at Expocity Albania..  The deadline for abstracts submission is 3 September 2018.

The Conference Theme “Water and Nature” brings attention to the need of preserving nature and exploring nature based solutions in order to overcome the water challenges, and to ensure better water supply and sewerage services and protection of the public health.

The Conference Program offers a variety of topics that cover all the aspects of water supply and wastewater sector to include here policy, management and technical issues.

For detailed information please find attached the Call for Abstracts Brochure.

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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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16 September 2018

Dübendorf, Sitzerland

Postdoctoral Researcher in water quality modelling

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

The Departments for Environmental Chemistry (Uchem) and for System Analysis, Modelling and Integrated Assessment (Siam)has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Researcher in water quality modelling.

The position is part of a project funded by the Swiss Federal Office for The Environment (FOEN) entitled “Feasibility study for Evaluating the National Pesticide Action Plan (Machbarkeitsstudie Trendanalyse und räumliche Übertragbarkeit von Pestizid-Monitoringdaten)”. The project investigates the feasibility of quantifying reductions of pesticide pollution in Swiss streams triggered by the National Pesticide Action Plan. Specifically, it investigates how well temporal trends in pesticide concentration data series from established monitoring programs can be detected and how such trends can be extrapolated across the Swiss river network. The results from the project will be used to formulate guidelines for practitioners how to evaluate such data in the future. The project will adapt existing model tools to simulate existing pesticide data sets in Switzerland, to estimate predictive uncertainty and to derive practical recommendations for future data analysis.

Deadline for application: 01 October 2018

Postdoctoral Researcher in water quality modelling - Eawag (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) - Joshs Water Jobs

Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, is an internationally networked aquatic research institute within the ETH Domain (Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology). Eawag conducts research, education and expert consulting to achieve the dual goals of meeting direct human needs for water and maintaining the function and integrity of aquatic ecosystems.

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04 September 2018

Evaluation Team Leader - Consultancy Position

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

SI is responding to a request for a task order to perform a final evaluation for the USAID Albania Water Supply and Sewage Association of Albania (SHUKALB). The evaluation will provide USAID guidance for strategic decision-making on current and future programming.

SI is seeking a short-term local evaluation team leader to lead the evaluation. They will be responsible for the overall implementation of evaluation, ensuring that all expected tasks and deliverables are achieved on time and are of high quality. They will report to Social Impact’s headquarters and will work closely with the evaluation specialist and sector expert. Work is expected to take place remotely, and with fieldwork in Albania.

Deadline for application: 11 September 2018

Evaluation Team Leader (USAID/Albania Final Evaluation of the Water Supply and Sewage Association of Albania (SHUKALB)) - Social Impact - Joshs Water Jobs

Social Impact is a global development management consulting firm. We provide monitoring, evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building services to advance development effectiveness. We work across all development sectors including democracy and governance, health and education, the environment, and economic growth. Since 1997 we have worked in over 100 countries for clients such as US government agencies, bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, foundations, and nonprofits.

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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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7th Annual Forum of the Danube Strategy

Sofia, Bulgaria // 18 October 2018 - 19 October 2018

Conference / Workshop

As a key event of the 2018 EUSDR Presidency, Bulgaria and the European Commission are jointly organizing the 7th Annual Forum which will be held on 18 - 19 October 2018 in Sofia. The main focus of the event will be on tourism development as a precondition to economic growth and territorial cohesion.

The registration is now open until 17th October 2018. Due to the expected high interest to the event, we recommend to register as soon as possible. After reaching the maximum capacity in terms of participation the registration will be closed.

In the framework of its Enlargement & Integration Initiative, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is offering pre-paid travel and accommodation to researchers/experts from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo*, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to participate in the Annual Forum. The support covers travel and accommodation expenses. For more, please follow the link.

Start of registration: 27 August 2018

Deadline for registration: 17 October 2018

Status: open for registration

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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: open for registration

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SHUKALB and SHUKOS

Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition - Water and Nature

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

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

The Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition has truly established itself as a major knowledge sharing and networking event in the Western Balkans water sector.  With an audience of over 450 participants from the Greater Balkan Region, the Conference offers a platform where water professionals, policymakers, and business professionals from the sector gather and discuss issues of concern, exchange information, and share experiences in an effort to help the further development of the water supply and wastewater sector in the Greater Balkan Region.

As has been the practice, the Organizing Committee has planned in parallel, a large Equipment, Technology and Services Exhibition with participation from a broad array of private sector companies who are active in the water sector in the Balkans Region.

Start of registration: 01 January 1970

Deadline for registration: 02 November 2018

Status: open for registration

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30 June 2018

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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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2018

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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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2018

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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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Regional analysis

2017

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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. 

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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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World Bank

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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