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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12 December 2017

A Modern Utility, a Diverse Workforce: PARTICIPATE NOW IN A UTILITY WORKFORCE ASSESSMENT

The Danube Water Program and the World Bank are looking for champion water and wastewater (WSS) utility companies in the Danube region which are interested in offering a balanced and inclusive workplace and equitable opportunities for young and female talents.  These are invited to participate in a project to help WSS companies across the region identify inclusive and gender-smart recruitment, retention, and promotion policies that work best for their employees and the business.

Around the globe, an increasing number of private and public companies are realizing that promoting gender equality in the workplace is good for business and development, an opportunity that no longer can be ignored in modern times.  We are looking for companies that are shifting the focus from the “why” to the “how”— i.e. based on evidence identify practical steps to close gender gaps and plan measures to address an aging workforce.

In the WSS sector in the Danube region, utilities often face a predominantly male and aging workforce. However, global gender gaps in primary, secondary, and tertiary education are closing. In the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sectors, women are the majority of graduates in many countries or at least their share is on the rise (Center for Talent Innovation 2014). However, this trend is not necessarily translating into more women entering and staying in the workforce and occupying skilled roles and leadership positions in certain sectors, including the WSS industry.

As part of the collaboration, a globally acknowledged strategic partner will provide expert advice and knowledge to help partner utilities come up with an action plan that addresses the needs of your utility. The exercise will be based on a gender diagnostic, informed by your utility HR-statistics, utility and national policies, and an employee survey. Your utility results and action plan will remain confidential and participation is free of costs. The results from participating utilities will be aggregated to inform the preparation of a report on equitable opportunity in the workplace for the State of the Sector Report - 2018 Update and a special session during the next Danube Water Conference.

Take this opportunity and register HERE. It will only take 1 minute and you will be contacted for further information.


Contributed by Danubis on 12 December 2017

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11 December 2017

The Ninth Belgrade Water Forum and Exhibition was again a success

From November 15 to 17, 2017, in the Belexpo Center at Holiday Inn Hotel in Novi Beograd, the 9th Water Exhibition and Forum "Water Sector - Modern Tools and Techniques, Experiences and New Projects " was held successfully. On the second day of the Forum, the program was dedicated to the regional water cooperation through the Danube Water Program, where the participants were informed about the advisory and analytical work carried out by the World Bank for the Danube Water Program, programs for strengthening water and sewerage companies' capacities within the Danube Partnership for Learning - D-LeaP as well as the DANUBIS DCM platform as a tool to collect, manage and evaluate Performance Indicator data.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 11 December 2017

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06 December 2017

Joining forces to offer sustainable solutions for wastewater treatment in the Danube River Basin

The first International Workshop on Wastewater Management in the Danube river Basin took place from 28 to 29 November 2017 in Bucharest, Romania. The Workshop was co-organised by the ICPDR, IAWD, the International Association of Water Supply companies in the Danube River Catchment Area, and the World Bank. The event was hosted by the National Administration "Romanian Waters" as well as the Romanian Ministry of Waters and Forests and supported by the Danube Water Program (DWP, jointly implemented by IAWD and World Bank), the EUSDR PA4, the Global Water Partnership, the EIB, both Directorates General ENV and JRC of the European Commission.

This joint initiative answers a need by the countries of the Danube River Basin to specifically address the multi-dimensional problem of wastewater management in the Danube River Basin.

The anticipated goal of the workshop was to achieve a clear concept of the roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders involved and to identify the necessary further steps towards sustainable management of wastewater infrastructure and service. Moreover, the workshop provided the participants with a platform to identify, share and discuss best practices and cost-efficient solutions in wastewater management.

The workshop program included plenary presentations to set the scene about and specific brainstorming sessions to identify particular issues around the three main pillars:

  • Investment & Financing
  • Management & Operation
  • Innovation & Technology

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 06 December 2017

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Business Opportunities

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06 December 2017

Mühlheim Water Award 2018

The Mülheim Water Award honours practice-oriented research and development projects as well as the implementation of innovative concepts for a secure drinking water supply and water analysis.

Subject of submission for 2018:

Innovations for water systems and water analysis for sustainable water management and safe and secure drinking water supply

The Mülheim Water Award 2018 is open for submissions in December 2017.

People or institutions from Europe can apply with innovative procedures, products, concepts and new findings with a strong focus on practical use and application within water management.

The price to win in 2018 are 10.000€, donated in equal parts by RWW Rheinisch-Westfälische Wasserwerksgesellschaft mbH and GERSTEL GmbH & Co. KG, both companies located in Mülheim in Germany.

The Mülheim Water Award is coordinated by IWW Water Centre in Mülheim an der Ruhr.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 06 December 2017

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Job Opening

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06 December 2017

Internship - IWA Basins of the Future programme

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. Internships are part of a young professional’s professional development and provide ample opportunities to develop skills and knowledge.

This internship is with the Basins of the Future Programme which aims to guide cities, industries to connect with their basins in the sustainable planning and management of water resources across scales.

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 06 December 2017

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Job Opening

@ Moldova

23 November 2017

Moldova

UNICEF Moldova: Public Finance for Development of the National Action Plan for Gradual Implementation of the Sanitary and Hygiene Norms for Preschoolses

UNICEF Moldova is looking for an individual national consultant to provide quality technical advice and support to Ministry of Education in budgeting the activities of the Action Plan for Gradual Implementation of the Sanitary and Hygiene Norms for Preschools.

Objectives of the consultancy:

  • Participate in the initial consultations with relevant stakeholders including but not limited to Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Services to agree on key steps for developing the Action Plan or Gradual Implementation of the Sanitary and Hygiene Norms for Preschools;
  • Analyse the cost-effectiveness and affordability of planned initiatives in the Action Plan taking into consideration relevant line Ministries budget analysis and the overall analysis of the fiscal space for the two concerned Sectors  - Education and Health;
  • Through consultative process, involving key technical experts from Ministry of Finance and other line ministries, develop the itemized budget of the Action Plan.

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Contributed by Danubis on 23 November 2017

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22 May 2017

DANUBIS.org Breakfast held at the 2017 DWC

IAWD and World Bank organized a breakfast on the Danubis.org water platform, which was attended by donor agency representatives, regulatory agencies, waterworks associations and individual utilities to jointly brainstorm around how to promote and enhance the use of this rich tool,  with great potential to promote WSS sector agenda and unique analytical tools by utilities and other stakeholders in the Danube region.


Contributed by Danubis on 30 June 2017

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16 May 2017

Summary of April 24, 2017 DANUBIS.org Steering Group meeting

Please find the Minutes of the DANUBIS.org Steering Group Meeting on 24 April 2017 attached.

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 16 May 2017

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11 May 2017

How to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast on 19 May?

Did you know the origin of the term “Benchmark”?

The term “bench mark”, or “benchmark”, originates from the chiseled horizontal marks that surveyors made in stone structures, into which an angle-iron could be placed to form a "bench" for a leveling rod, thus ensuring that a leveling rod could be accurately repositioned in the same place in the future. These marks were usually indicated with a chiseled arrow below the horizontal line. Even today, brass plates can be found all over the U.K. displaying the letters “OSBM” (Ordnance Survey Bench Mark).

Today, benchmarking is most used to measure performance using a specific indicator (cost per unit of measure, productivity per unit of measure, cycle time of x per unit of measure or defects per unit of measure) resulting in a metric of performance that is then compared to others.

If you want to learn more about the benchmarking database on DANUBIS.org, please use the password “Benchmark” to enter the DANUBIS.org Breakfast!

 


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 11 May 2017

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Upcoming Events

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@ Croatia

IWA, University of Zagreb, IHE Delft Insitute for Water Education, IAWD etc.

10th Eastern European IWA Young Water Professionals Conference

Zagreb, Croatia // 07 May 2018 - 12 May 2018

Course / Training, Conference / Workshop

The 10th edition of this successful conference format will be organised in Zagreb in 2018.

The focus will be on "New Technologies in the Water Sector" with a special extended program including three-days practical workshops at the WWTP of Zagreb, followed by a two-days scientific conference.

Please find the Call for Papers below!

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 05 September 2017

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EWA (European Water Association) JSWA (Japan Sewage Works Association) WEF (Water Environment Federation) in cooperation with IFAT - Messe München

6th EWA/JSWA/WEF Joint Conference "Resilience of the Water Sector"

Munich, Germany // 15 May 2018 - 18 May 2018

Conference / Workshop

Resilience is a strong emerging theme within many parts of the water sector.  From long term water resource availability and water quality impacts of droughts, to the need for resilience against short lead time disruptive events such as floods and earthquakes. These types of events not only disrupt water sector infrastructure and operations, they also impact on other infrastructure that a reliable water sector depends on. This includes electrical power supplies, telecommunications, and transportation as well as disruption to the supply chain.  The impact of such events can be long lasting and far reaching, impacting negatively on customers, the environment, and business performance.  Ultimately, the need for resilience is a significant business risk management issue.

This joint conference seeks to explore ways in which the sector in its broadest terms is developing resilient systems, assets, and operations so that business continuity risk is well managed in the face of adverse conditions. The intention is to share experience from across the world covering: real life examples of lessons learned from significant events; good practice in the response to events; and current activities that are strengthening resilience.

Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 06 December 2017

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Country resources

Government policy or strategy

2017

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BMLFUW

National River Basin Management Plan 2015

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 28 August 2017

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Sector strategy

24 June 2017

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AMAC Association

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.20

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

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

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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24 June 2017

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AMAC Association

BULETIN INFORMATIV- EDUCAȚIONAL nr.19

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

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

 

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 25 June 2017

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Sector resources

Background or theoretical study

2017

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World Bank Group

Joining Forces for Better Services? When, Why, and How Water and Sanitation Utilities Can Benefit from Working Together

This global study was initiated to provide evidence-based guidance to policy makers and practitioners regarding when, why, and how water and sanitation utilities can work together (“aggregate”) to successfully deliver specific policy outcomes, such as better services or lower costs. This work does not advocate for or against aggregations but rather presents and reviews global evidence, analyzes specific aggregation case studies, and identifies the key characteristics that successful aggregations have in common, depending on their purpose and the context in which they occur. Acknowledging that it is
challenging to make “before aggregation” and “after aggregation” cost comparisons because the levels of service are changing, this work focuses on proposing recommendations for successful aggregation, shaping lessons learned into a checklist of key questions to ask, and pointing out key decision points. The recommendations are based on evidence and observed experiences rather than theoretical considerations and sometimes run counter to conventional
wisdom on aggregation practices.
This study consists of a review of literature and an analysis of both qualitative and quantitative evidence—including a statistical analysis based on IB-Net data covering 1,306 utilities
from more than 140 countries; a review of global aggregation trends, collecting data for 111 countries; and 14 case studies from seven countries, providing a deep dive narrative of
aggregation experiences.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 04 October 2017

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Regional analysis

2017

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European Water Regulators WAREG

WAREG Report: An analysis of water efficiency KPIs in WAREG member countries

This report analyses the application of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to describe efficiency of water services in WAREG member countries, with the aim to draw out commonalities as well as differences in monitoring of water efficiency measures and performance. It seeks to outline how different European regulators promote water efficiency within their regulated industries. It is noted that although various KPIs and benchmarking platforms exist in the water industry, there appears to be a lack of consistency in the definitions, descriptions, application and consistency of KPIs used to measure water efficiency across Europe. It is further noted that while some countries use KPIs for benchmarking purposes, this practice has still not been fully embraced by regulators in WAREG member countries.

Publisher: WAREG,

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Contributed by Elvira Broeks on 21 September 2017

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Regional analysis

2017

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European Water Regulators WAREG

WAREG Report: Affordability in European Water Systems

The report elaborated by the European Water Regulators (WAREG) provides a description of some approaches used in 17 WAREG Members’ countries to ensure the affordability of water and sewerage charges. It also provides a general overview of the governance frameworks and tools used in those countries. The main objective of this paper is to outline existing practices and to identify possible common patterns in regulatory mechanisms to ensure affordability of water services. This paper does not intend to give any indication of best practices.

Publisher: WAREG,

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Contributed by Elvira Broeks on 21 September 2017

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