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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07 March 2017

Business model of water utilities - the elephant in the room

Article by Bhakti Devi about "the elephant in the room - which is the business model under which a water utility has been operating for a long long time, and that it is running its expiry date"

Water utilities have been toying with the idea of integrated water cycle management (IWCM) for over a decade. Integrated water cycle management calls for integrating the objectives of providing water, wastewater and stormwater services rather than treat them as separate and mutually exclusive. For example considering meeting some of the water demand especially non potable ones by capturing and cleaning the wastewater and stormwater to required water quality, and not looking upon them as waste flows to be simply drained and discharged to the waterways. 

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 March 2017

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07 March 2017

New Decade for Water

In December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the resolution “International Decade (2018-2028) for Action - Water for Sustainable Development” to help put a greater focus on water during ten years.  

Emphasizing that water is critical for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and hunger, UN Member States expressed deep concern over the lack of access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene and over water related disasters, scarcity and pollution being excarcebated by urbanization, population growth, desertification, drought and climate change.

 The new Decade will focus on on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives and on the implementation and promotion of related programmes and projects, as well as on the furtherance of cooperation and partnership at all levels in order to help to achieve internationally agreed water-related goals and targets, including those contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In the resolution, UN Member States invited the Secretary-General, with the support of UN-Water, to take appropriate steps, within existing resources, to plan and organize the activities of the Decade at the global, regional and country levels. To set the agenda in motion, UN-Water, in its 26th meeting in Geneva in February 2017, decided on the establishment of a Task Force to facilitate its support to the planning and organisation.

The Decade will commence on World Water Day 22 March 2018, and terminate on World Water Day, 22 March 2028.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 March 2017

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28 February 2017

Danube Portal was created to navigate a unique east-west corridor

The Danube River, which flows for 2 857 kilometres, is one of the key corridors for transporting people and goods, and connecting Western and Eastern Europe.

However, the waterway is under-exploited as it is estimated that only 10 % of its transport capacity is being used. The NEWADA, IRIS Europe II and FAIRway projects have the shared goal of improving the transport capacity of the Danube and its tributaries.

The NEWADA project, completed in March 2012, prompted the synchronised development of the waterway and the setting of common qualitative standards. It brought together 12 institutions from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine for waterway maintenance and river navigation.

Better cooperation in hydrography and hydrology helped to save resources and improve quality and compliance with environmental standards. The application of information and communication technologies on the Danube was also improved thanks to the development of various RIS components, such as the harmonisation and enhancement of electronic navigational charts.

One-stop info point

Under the NEWADA duo project, a Danube Region information portal ( www.danubeportal.com ) was created to provide data on water levels and critical bottlenecks, as well as notices to skippers, ice warnings, WiFi hotspot information, etc.

Based on these projects’ results, in 2014, transport ministers from the Danube countries adopted the Rehabilitation and Maintenance Master Plan for the Danube and its navigable tributaries. The FAIRway project, involving the waterway administrations of six EU Member States (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania), aims to implement this plan and to buy modern equipment for hydrological services. The goal is to provide up-to-date, reliable and harmonised information on critical spots on the waterway, water levels and water-level prognoses along the entire length of the Danube. Such databanks are important not only for planning waterway transportation, but also for maintenance, hydro-construction measures or adjustments to the current water flow.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 28 February 2017

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Business Opportunities

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Job Opening

@ Montenegro

07 March 2017

Communications Officer Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med)

The Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) is seeking to hire a Communications Officer that will undertake related activities in the framework of the work programme of the Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) in Southeastern Europe, and the Thematic areas of (i) Transboundary Water Resources Management; (ii) Water-Energy-Food-Environment Nexus.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 March 2017

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Calls and Tenders

@ REGIONAL

07 March 2017

Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects: Flood & Drought Special

The significance of engaging young people in the design and implementation of policies, plans and standards in Disaster Risk Reduction has been recognized by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Youth Forum at the Budapest Water Summit 2016 further showed that young people are unified across disciplines and scales to understand, innovate and adapt to the complex and dynamic nature of the global water system and climate change.

There is a need for continued opportunities and resources for youth participation in decision-making, (applied) research, and project/programme creation and management to utilise youth’s innovative capacity for social change and sustainable development.

This competition has been designed to showcase the practical examples and cases on how an integrated approach to flood and drought risk management has been advanced in practice by or through the involvement of youth under the following three themes:

A.    Understanding risk: Participatory data collection (hazard, exposure, vulnerability), risk modelling tools, assessment and mapping and risk communication

B.    Early Warning System development: Impact based forecasting, needs assessment, warning communication (technologies), response, and warning evaluation

C.    Risk management and planning: Identifying, evaluating and implementing mitigation, preparedness, recovery and response measures at the local level


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 March 2017

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Calls and Tenders

@ Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania

24 February 2017

EUREKA Danube Region call for projects

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary and Romania are announcing the 2nd Call EUREKA Danube for Proposals for joint R&D projects, focusing on developing innovative products and applications in all technological and application areas. Applicants are expected to develop ready to market solutions or projects which have strong market potential for all involved participants.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 28 February 2017

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Danubis.org News

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05 September 2016

New Features and changes made @ DANUBIS.org

Dear DANUBIS.org community,

we are happy to present some changes and new features regarding the DANUBIS.org water platform.

The main changes inlcude:

  • the brandnew Business Opportunities section, where you can upload and find Job Openings as well as open Calls and Tenders in the region
  • the former DANUBIS News is now the sector news, where you can post any news regarding the water sector in the region or a specific country
  • the new DANUBIS.org news replaces the Steering Committee news and provides news on the platform itself and on the Steering Committee
  • in the upload section, you will now find a small question mark next to each type of contribution indicating what type of posts fit into it

We hope that you like the new features and changes made and look forward to your contributions!

If you have any comments or feedback for us, please contact us at office@danubis.org


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 05 September 2016

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14 July 2016

Meeting Minutes of the DANUBIS DCM Workshop

A workshop on the functionality of the DANUBIS Data Collection and Management (DCM) platform was held in Belgrade on 22-24 June 2016. It was a training session to provide staff of managing institutions with the capacity to launch, manage and use the DCM DANUBIS system for upload and analysis of data from the respective country.

On the last day of the workshop the participants discussed the next steps to be taken to implement the DANUBIS DCM platform in the participating countries. The minutes of the meeting are enclosed.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 14 July 2016

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25 May 2016

Summary of May 11, 2016 Steering Group Meeting

Dear colleagues and members of the DANUBIS Steering Group:

Thank you for your participation in the Steering Group meeting on May 11th in Vienna and via audio / video conference; and apologies to those who had issues getting connected. Below is a short summary of the discussions; the presentation that was made is also attached.

  1. Introductions. Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Kosovo (remotely), Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia, as well as IAWD, the World Bank, NALAS, GIZ and IB-Net attended the meeting and briefly summarized their country’s activities with regards to utility performance data collection systems and benchmarking. All participants underlined again the value of having a regional platform to allow for exchanges and benchmarking of utility performance over country boundaries, and many indicated that they are using DANUBIS.org regularly in their work.
  2. Presentation of the Platform. All of the changes agreed upon at the February 2016 Steering Group meeting have been incorporated into the DANUBIS.org website, and a full presentation of the new features was made, including:
  • Utility Performance Scorecard. The new utility performance scorecard, particularly targeted to decision makers within national and local governments, provides a quick overview of how a utility performs compared to similar companies in the region;
  • Utility Benchmarking Report. The new utility benchmarking report provides a comprehensive report on all aspects of the performance of a given utility and its evolution over time and compared to similar companies. It is primarily aimed at utility professionals and management.
  • Improved updates functionalities. The ability for users to register on the DANUBIS homepage and receive daily and/or weekly updates on changes and news from DANUBIS.org, was presented and participants were encouraged to subscribe. Registered users have automatically been subscribed but can change their update preferences in their profile. The DANUBIS LinkedIn group has also been created and actively moderated since February - participants are also encouraged to connect.
  1. Comments and feedback on the platform. Participants strongly endorsed the improvements made to the platform. Some of the additional comments made included:
  • The risks and opportunities associated with making utility performance data available to a wide public. Sector professionals will need to make a special effort to reach out to their elected representatives and the media to ensure that the information is understood properly, which was seen as an opportunity to move the dialogue to a more results-focused, fact-based discussion.
  • The need to focus on improving the coverage and quality of the data available in the platform to ensure that the results of the benchmarking are useful to users;
  • The importance to support utility performance data systems at national level, building on existing institutions and ensuring that the results are also fed back to utilities in the country to ensure an positive performance improvement impact.
  1. Dissemination and usage of the platform. Very significant resources have now been invested in making the DANUBIS platform available for all. Participants in the Steering group agreed that the focus in coming months should now be on ensuring that the platform is as widely known and used as possible, before further developments are tackled. Institutions in the steering group should play the main role in ensuring a lively and useful platform. The following actions were discussed:
  • All participants: Participants in the Steering Group should make a commitment not only to upload resources and information to the platform, but to also publicize and promote it further. The new brochure (attached) can be used for that purpose as well. All participating institutions were also invited to create a link to DANUBIS.org on their website and mention it in their newsletters.
  • National institutions: institutions in each country should consider whether to follow the example of Bulgaria, BiH, Kosovo and Serbia and setup a country portal in their national language to ensure the platform content, and in particular the utility database, is accessible to their national professionals. The amount of work involved with creating and maintaining a country portal is rather limited and can also be an easy way for institutions collecting utility performance data to make it available to their members, in national language, in a highly interactive manner.
  • National Waterworks Associations. National associations are seen as prime interlocutor to ensure that their member utilities are aware and make use of the platform. They were invited to ensure that DANUBIS is presented and explained to member utilities, for example on the side of their national events.
  • NALAS. Local governments would be an important potential audience and target of the DANUBIS.org platform, in particular with regards to the new utility performance scorecard. NALAS will explore how it can ensure a better diffusion of the platform, through its website, its newsletter and possible a dedicated training to national LGU associations so they can relay it to their members.

In order to facilitate dissemination of the platform, IAWD and the World Bank confirmed their availability to organize follow-up trainings, virtually or in person, on the platform so that national institutions would be able to promote it adequately. Interested institutions should feel free to contact the DANUBIS team.

  1. Future priorities. The meeting participants agreed that the following would be the priorities for the coming period:
  • Governance: the participants did not consider that DANUBIS required a more formal governance framework for now, and the use of a relatively open Steering Group to guide and advise the DANUBIS team was sufficient for now.
  • Visibility: The main priority of the coming months will be to ensure that the platform received as much visibility in the region. IAWD has just hired a new knowledge management and capacity building coordinator, Katerina Schilling (schilling@iawd.at) who will be supporting the participants in the Steering Group to ensure this is jointly achieved.
  • Potential award for leading utilities: the idea to highlight best performing utility companies, and best improving companies, at the region’s level and for each country, was discussed and will be explored further in the coming months.
  1. DANUBIS Data Collection and Management Platform. The participants were also informed that in parallel with the public DANUBIS.org platform, at the request of the Kosovo regulatory agency, a separate, online data collection and management platform is being developed to allow national institutions to easily collect, validate, manage, share and publish utility performance data. The platform is in final development stage and a training workshop will be held in Belgrade on June 22-24 with representatives of the four national institutions that are planning to use the platform in their country: ADKOM (Macedonia); the Kosovo regulatory agency, the Montenegro Waterworks Associations; and the Serbian water professionals association. The same signed on May 11th a MoU with IAWD and the World Bank to define the roles and responsibilities of each institution with regards to the DANUBIS DCM platform. Further institutions interested in knowing more, or making use of the platform, should approach the IAWD / World Bank team.

We hope that this summarizes our discussions and invite you to engage with us should you have any question or comment. In parallel, please do your part to ensure that the platform continues to grow in content and usefulness - spread the word, and connect!

Best regards

David Michaud / World Bank and Philip Weller / IAWD

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 25 May 2016

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Upcoming Events

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@ Austria

TU Wien

Early bird registration until 31 March 2017

Vienna, Austria // 31 March 2017

Conference / Workshop

River Basins is a biannual conference which provides a platform for the exchange of recent progresses and research in the field of river basin management. This includes the quantification of water and mass fluxes, the investigation of processes in river systems and ecological research as well as the implementation of promising management strategies.
Originally promoted and hosted by KIT Karlsruhe, for the first time the edition River Basins 2017 (http://www.riverbasins.kit.edu) will be hosted by TU Wien in Vienna (Austria) in a beautiful venue with view on the historic city center.

The theme will be Transboundary Management of Pollutants, with focus on Monitoring strategies, Modelling and Management.

Language: English

Contributed by Ottavia Zoboli on 10 January 2017

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GENERAL

@ Bosnia and Herzegovina

Association for Water and Environmental Protection Sector “Aquasan Network in B&H”, Association “Vodovodi Republike Srpske”, Association of the Employers of Utility Companies in Federation of B&H

Sustainability of Water Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Banja Luka, BiH // 05 April 2017 - 06 April 2017

Conference / Workshop

Association for Water and Environmental Protection Sector “Aquasan Network in B&H”, Association “Vodovodi Republike Srpske”, Association of the Employers of Utility Companies in Federation of B&H are pleased to invite you to two-day conference “SUSTAINABILITY OF WATER SERVICES IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA”.

The conference will underscore the need for improvement of legal framework necessary for the operational and financial sustainability of water services, including the sustainability of water utilities, need for strengthening human and institutional capacities, as well as challenges related to accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to EU.

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Language: english and local languages

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 21 March 2017

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ENERGY EFFICIENCY, UTILITY BENCHMARKING, REGULATORY BENCHMARKING, OTHER, BUSINESS PLANNING, TECHNICAL RULES AND STANDARDS, RISK MANAGEMENT & WATER SAFETY PLANNING, ACCESS TO FINANCING, REGULATION, TARIFFS AND SUBSIDIES, WATER SERVICES, WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT

@ Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, REGIONAL

REECO SRB doo

RENEXPO Water & Energy - Western Balkans

Novi Sad, Serbia // 25 April 2017 - 27 April 2017

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

From 25th - 27th of April 2017 the number 1 meeting place for international industry, investors and experts RENEXPO® WATER & ENERGY goes bigger, wider and higher.

 

A brand new trade fair, conferences and side program-concept welcomes on 2.000m² more than 100 companies worldwide and around 2.500 regional and international experts. The new set up unites the topics WATER & ENERGY in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania and Croatia. Exhibiting companies have never been closer to their target groups, because the conferences as well as the Trade Fair Forum guarantees direct interaction with more than 600 participants additionally to the professional visitors.

 

Conferences are broadcasted live in the trade fair hall and the Trade Fair Forum presents all about "successful energy efficient housing in Serbia", Heat Pumps and mobility, where the future regarding environmental transportation is presented.

 

During the 3 day program we present in the Exhibition, Conferences, Round Tables, Panels and Side Programs

Language: English / Local

Contributed by Igor Ivanoski on 18 November 2016

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Country resources

Sector strategy

20 March 2017

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AMAC Association

Sector Strategy for development of hydrographic basin of Black Sea - Prut District - Cycle 1, 2017 – 2022

Approved and edited in accordance with EU Directive 2000/60/CE by European Parliament and by Council from 23 October 2000, for stabilizing a unique politic frame, in Water Supply and Water Legislation #272 from 23.11.2011

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 20 March 2017

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Sector strategy

20 March 2017

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AMAC Association

Management Plan for the Danube-Prut and Black Sea

River Basin Management Plan for the Danube-Prut and Black Sea pilot river basin district in the limits of the Republic of Moldova
Cycle I, 2017 – 2022

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 20 March 2017

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Research Report

20 March 2017

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AMAC Association

Report regarding development of IFCAAC

Report, regarding development of capacities, Institute IFCAAC, in Water Supply and Sanitation services, for members of Association "Moldova Apa-Canal", for offering additional training courses.

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 20 March 2017

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Sector resources

Background or theoretical study

2017

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ICPDR

The 2015 Droughts in the Danube River Basin

In 2015 significant parts of the Danube River Basin were affected by droughts which negatively impacted different water-dependent economic sectors, vegetation and the aquatic environment. This is the latest of a series of events which occurred in Europe during the last decade. Similarly to the summer of 2003, a large part of continental Europe was affected by a severe drought in summer 2015, as a consequence of the combination of rain shortages and very high temperatures which resulted in high plant water requirement levels. Significant drought phenomena were experienced in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

Following the 2015 droughts event, the ICPDR decided at the 18th Ordinary Meeting in December 2015 “to elaborate a report on the impacts of droughts in the Danube Basin in 2015, the measures taken and lessons learned”. The 2015 Droughts in the Danube River Basin Report includes an overview on the main characteristics of the meteorological and hydrological situation during 2015, summarises the main impacts on water-related sectors and includes an overview of measures which were taken by the individual Danube countries. Based on the analysis and discussions, lessons learned and conclusions for the Danube basin wide and national level were agreed which are summarised in the final chapter of the Report. The Report was adopted by the ICPDR at the 19th Ordinary Meeting in December 2016 and can be downloaded from this page.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 March 2017

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Manual or training material

2016

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Robert Bos

Manual of the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation for Practitioners

The aim of this Manual is to promote informed decision-making by operators, managers and regulators in their daily routine, as well as to encourage them to engage actively in the national debates that will take place in many countries where the HRWS is being translated into national and local policy, legislation, and regulation.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 February 2017

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Manual or training material

2014

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International Water Association (IWA), the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and Eawag

Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

The Compendium of Sanitation Systems and Technologies was first published in 2008 during the International Year of Sanitation. Since then it has been translated into several languages and distributed digitally by various sector organizations. The document’s popularity lies in its brevity - structuring and presenting a huge range of information on tried and tested technologies in a single document. As in the first edition, we do not consider sanitation technologies that are under development for that exist only as prototypes. Also, we only include “improved” sanitation technologies that provide
safe, hygienic, and accessible sanitation. Like the first edition, we include the whole range of urban, peri-urban and rural technologies (e.g., from single pits to conventional sewers).

The Compendium is a guidance document for engineers and planners in low- and middle-income countries, primarily intended to be used for communicative planning processes involving local communities. It is also intended for persons/experts who have detailed knowledge about conventional high-end technologies and require information on infrastructure and different system configurations. It is not intended as a stand-alone document for engineers, making decisions for the community, e.g., expert-driven decision-making.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 09 February 2017

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