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 February 2017

World Bank and Kosovo Sign Project to Support Water Security in Kosovo

The Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti, and the World Bank Country Manager for Kosovo, Marco Mantovanelli, signed today the Letters of Agreements for the Kosovo Water Security and Canal Protection Project. The project aims to restore the main water canal in Kosovo - Ibër Canal - to its original capacity. This will ensure that more reliable and better quality water benefits approximately 500,000 people residing in the central Kosovo canal basin, and becomes a supporting factor for economic and social development.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 February 2017

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07 February 2017

Success Stories from the Danube Region

After five years of implementation, significant achievements of the EUSDR are becoming evident. The purpose of this publication is to give examples of what has been achieved together, based on the cooperation at macro-regional scale in the Danube Region. These projects and achievements exemplify the added value of the Danube Strategy and will provide further motivation for continuing to cooperate along this successful path in order to contribute to the balanced, sustainable and inclusive growth of the Danube Region.


Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 February 2017

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07 February 2017

2nd call of the Danube Transnational Programme: InfoDays organised at national level

The 2nd call for proposals of the Danube Transnational Programme is planned to be officially launched in Spring 2017. 

In order to support potential applicants in the preparation of their proposals, DTP National Contact Points have planned, in different countries of the Danube Region, a series of Info Day events. During these events, participants will be given more detailed information about the 2nd call, the rules applying at national level and how to submit high-quality proposals.

The following list of events will be updated with new events to be organised in other Danube countries. We invite you to check it frequently to know more about additional planned events.

For more information about the events, please contact the DTP National Contact Points

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 07 February 2017

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Business Opportunities

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Job Opening

@ Czech Republic

15 February 2017

Czech Academy of Sciences - Director of Institute of Hydrobiology

The Biology Centre (BC) of the Czech Academy of Sciences (http://www.bc.cas.cz) performs mainly fundamental, and also applied, research in five biological disciplines represented by five institutes. The Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB), http://www.hbu.cas.cz , has nearly 60 years of tradition of freshwater ecosystem research with the main emphasis on lakes and man-made reservoirs. A new term for the director of the institute commences in 2017. The director is responsible for overall functioning of the Institute on scientific and organizational levels. He/she runs the institute with the help of the deputy, executive and scientific councils of IHB, the secretariat and the support units of the Biology Centre. The candidate will be required to present a vision of future IHB directing that balances the traditional research scope of the institute with new promising research directions.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 15 February 2017

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Job Opening

@ Austria

15 February 2017

Research Assistant at IIASA

The Ecosystem Services and Management Program (ESM) is recruiting a Research Assistant to strengthen the team working on quantitative foresight for the formulation of policy options.

The Imbalance-P research project gathers the fields of ecosystem diversity and ecology, biogeochemistry, Earth System modeling, and global agricultural and resource economics, to analyze ongoing shifts in C:N:P balances in ecosystems.

In this context ESM is seeking a Research Assistant to strengthen the team working on quantitative foresight for the formulation of policy options. The candidate will work within the team focusing on integrated assessment modeling using process based biochemical models (BGC-MAN, gEpic) and global bio-market models (GLOBIOM). 

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 15 February 2017

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Calls and Tenders

@ REGIONAL

13 February 2017

Regional

ERRA Regulatory Research Award 2017

The ERRA Regulatory Research Award was established in 2014 in order to encourage, reward and expand energy regulatory research and analysis and contribute to improve regulatory practices among ERRA energy regulators.

The nomination for the Award is open for researchers, students, professors, regulatory commissioners and staff members;  individuals or group of candidates, who are aware of the goals of the ERRA Award. 

The Award will be accompanied by monetary compensation in the total maximum gross value of:

  • EUR 1,500 to Paper #1;
  • EUR 1,000 to Paper #2;
  • EUR 500 to Paper #3.

The submission deadline is May 31, 2017.  For more information and reference on the winning publications of 2014, 2015 and 2016 please visit:

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Contributed by Patricia Lopez on 13 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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EU INTEGRATION, WATER SERVICES, GENERAL, WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT

@ Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia

German Water Partnership (GWP)

Western Balkan Forum (within WASSER BERLIN INTERNATIONAL)

Berlin, Germany // 29 March 2017

Conference / Workshop, Exhibition / Fair

Objective of this Forum is to provide insight into the needs for technological solutions and concepts for the Western Balkan region and to assess future cooperation potential between Germany and the region. State and need of the water sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia will be presented and discussed. This will lead to further strengthening and guidance of future cooperation between stakeholders from Germany and South-East-Europe, for the benefit of the Western Balkan region.

Language: English

Contributed by Aleksandar Krstic on 21 February 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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@ Austria

IAWD

PI 2017 - IWA Specialist Conference on Benchmarking and Performance Assessment

Vienna, Austria // 15 May 2017 - 17 May 2017

Conference / Workshop

Every two years the IWA Benchmarking and Performance Assessment Specialist Group (BPA SG) organises a conference to present experiences, learn about other benchmarking and assessment project around the world. The PI Conference is also a traditional forum where ideas and methodologies are exchanged. The next PI Conference will be hosted by the International Association of Waterworks in the Danube Catchment Area (IAWD) from 15 - 17 May 2017 in Vienna.

The PI Conference 2017 will be held in conjunction with the Danube Water Conference held in Vienna on 17 - 18 May 2017.

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Language: english

Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 14 November 2016

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Country resources

Research Report

01 July 2013

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Evis Gjebrea, Oltjana Zoto

Regionalization of Water Supply and Sewerage Companies as a Solution for the Efficiency of Water Supply and Sewerage Sector: Case of Albania

The aim of this paper is to analyze the efficiency of water supply and sewerage sector in Albania. The study focuses on the current situation of water supply and sewerage companies for the entire year 2011, as well an analysis of factors creating premises for achieving efficiency benefits. For the purposes of this study an analysis of three performance indicators that have a serious impact on the financial sustainability of a typical water and sewerage company is carried out using the data from the Performance Monitoring and Benchmarking Program for all water companies in Albania. The data are calculated based on weighted average basis for groupings of water companies/utilities using the “population served” by the company as the basis of “scale”. The main result of the analysis is that the potential for economies of scale can exist in the case of Albania since 74% of water supply and sewerage companies serve a number of populations of less than 50,000 inhabitants. The result of the analysis shows that an increase in served population will normally be related to an increased population density, which also direclty contributes to achieving economies of scale and getting above a served population of 100,000 people are where economies of scale can start to make a real difference. In order to achieve this efficiency, the aggregation of companies and creation of regions may be the solution for this efficiency to be realized.

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Contributed by David Michaud on 08 December 2016

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Research Report

01 August 2011

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World Bank

Decentralization and Service Delivery in Albania: Governance in the Water Sector

This review of the water sector in Albania was prepared as a background paper to the World Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy for Albania for 2011–2014. This review draws on past analytical work on decentralization in Albania as well as relevant World Bank-financed operations such as the Water Sector Investment Project.

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Contributed by David Michaud on 08 December 2016

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Sector strategy

29 November 2016

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Iurii Nistor

INFO-EDUCATIONAL BULLETIN #13

NATIONAL PROGRAMME OF EXTENDING CAPACITIES IN WATER AND SANITATION DOMAIN.

Training course for Customer Service employees.

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Contributed by Iuri Nistor on 29 November 2016

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Sector resources

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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Good Practice review

2015

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International Water Association

Lisbon Charter - Guiding the Public Policy and Regulation of Drinking Water Supply, Sanitation and Wastewater Management Services

Drinking water, sanitation and wastewater professionals and practitioners, policy and decision makers with responsibilities for these services, managers of public or private service providers, and the community of practice working in water management, gathered at the First International Regulators Forum in Lisbon, in September 2014.
They commended the IWA initiative to develop, formulate and establish a Charter with a view to laying out the basic principles for good public policy and effective regulation of drinking water supply, sanitation and wastewater management services (henceforth the ‘Services’), declaring the respective rights, duties and responsibilities of the governments and public administration, regulatory authorities, service providers and users.

The Lisbon Charter provides guidance on the formulation of national and local public policies, the creation of associated regulatory frameworks for the Services, and on good practice for the implementation of such policies and regulations.

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Contributed by Katerina Schilling on 09 February 2017

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