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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25 October 2018

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Survey – Economic and quality of service regulation

We are currently researching on the impact of the quality of service in economic regulation and we would like to know what the practices of the sector are.

The survey will only take less than 5 minutes to be completed. The responses of the survey will be confidential and results will be treated in an aggregated form. Participants will receive a report of the results obtained.

Please, complete the survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/fsfL7SlGUMScMqV33

Thank you very much for your collaboration.

If you have any query or question please email Elvira Estruch Juan: maesjua1@ita.upv.es (ITA, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain)

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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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14 November 2018

Bonn, Germany

GIZ seeks Intern (m/f/d) Sector Program Sustainable Sanitation (WASH in Schools/Fit for School)

More than a third of the global population is still living with extremely poor or without basic sanitation. The GIZ program sustainable sanitation aims to promote sustainable sanitation in our partner countries through partnerships, consulting and networking. The team of the sustainable sanitation program is dedicated to scale-up existing sanitation approaches to improve sanitation for as many people as possible. GIZ is a partner of the international “Sustainable Sanitation Alliance” (SuSanA) and the GIZ program sustainable sanitation holds the SuSanA secretariat, which hosts the website and discussion forum where 10.000 international members (SuSanA, www.susana.org) interact. A worldwide initiative in schools, the so called “Fit for School” program (www.fitforschool.international), which engages children and local communities as change agents for sustainable sanitation, and the innovative SFD (often called Shit Flow Diagram) initiative, which visualizes deficits in urban sanitation to decision makers, are two additional core areas of the team’s work.

Deadline for application: 19 November 2018

Intern (m/f/d) Sector Program Sustainable Sanitation (WASH in Schools/Fit for School) - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) - Joshs Water Jobs

Job description More than a third of the global population is still living with extremely poor or without basic sanitation. The GIZ program sustainable sanitation aims to promote sustainable sanitation in our partner countries through partnerships, consulting and networking.

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14 November 2018

Stockholm, Sweden

Call for Applications: GWP Recruiting Interns for Spring 2019

GWP is recruiting several project specific interns for spring 2019 to join the global GWP secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden. Could you be one of the five we're looking for? All internships have the same application deadline: 30 November.

Deadline for application: 30 November 2018

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Calls and Tenders

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14 November 2018

Stockholm, Sweden

SIWI calls for YWP to join the Young Scientific Programme Committee, the Young Professionals speaker roster as well as the #waterwomen speaker roster

Please see websites for additional infos!

Deadline for application: 03 December 2018

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Danubis.org News

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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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Space-O Project consortium

Workshop on using Earth Observation information in water management

Vienna, Austria // 06 December 2018

Conference / Workshop

Starting in 2016, an international team of experts from EMVIS Consultant Engineers, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), EOMAP, European Dynamics, Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR), and the International Water Association (IWA) joined together to harness technology and tackle drinking water challenges through the SPACE-O project. The tools developed were tested in two pilot sites through the local utilities of Crete and Sardinia (Organization for the Development of Crete S.A., and Ente Acque della Sardegna). We have involved end users (water utilities) from the initiation of this project to ensure that our products are relevant tools to their operations. However, many other water quality dependent activities from recreation to aquaculture to hydropower can benefit as well.

The purpose of this event is to 1) present SPACE-O final outcomes including a water information and early warning system using Earth Observation data to provide information such as water quality forecasting (on reservoir source; and a risk-based decision support system (DSS) to enable cost-effective and environmental sustainable operation of Water Treatment Plants (WTP); and, 2) identify future opportunities for using advanced technologies to improve water management.

The workshop will be held in parallel with the ICT 2018 Conference.

Limited funds are available to cover attendee’s travel expenses, on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. If you wish to request funding support, please fill out and follow the instructions in this form. We will return to you confirming the amount and/or items to be reimbursed.

In order to plan our event, we kindly ask your response the latest by November 5th, 2018.

Language: english

Start of registration: 31 October 2018

Deadline for registration: 05 November 2018

Status: closed for registration

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IWA Specialist Group of Intermittent Water Supply

First Intermittent Water Supply Conference IWS 2019

Kampala, Uganda // 07 April 2019 - 09 April 2019

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Language: english

Start of registration: 25 September 2018

Deadline for registration: 07 April 2019

Status: open for registration

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 25 September 2018

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DECHEMA

12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse

Berlin, Germany // 16 June 2019 - 20 June 2019

Conference / Workshop

Language: english

Start of registration: 26 June 2018

Deadline for registration: 26 June 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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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 : 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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Regional analysis

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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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