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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29 May 2019

Gender equality in the Danube region' s utilities

Beginning in 2017, the Danube Water Program and the World Bank Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership collaborated with three pioneering utilities in the Danube region to take a closer look at gender equality in their workplace: Brasov Regional Water Utility in Romania (859 employees); the Prishtina Regional Water Utility in Kosovo (529 employees); and the Tirana Water Utility in Albania (1,181 employees).

These utilities participated in a comprehensive gender assessment survey using the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) methodology, which provides an international benchmark for gender equality and allows companies to obtain a global certification (http://edge-cert.org).

A knowledge note summarising the finding of the work, can be found below.

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23 May 2019

Vienna, Austria

Impressions of the 2019 Danube Water Conference

In its seventh year, the Danube Water Conference traditionally happening in May each year in Vienna, has again proved to be THE gathering of the Danube regions water family.

This years conference on Achieving resilience in water and wastewater utilities in the Danube region brought together 200 people coming from 25 countries representing all stakeholders of the water sector to discuss the way forward towards smart policies, strong utilities and sustainable services.

In her keynote speech Monika Weber-Fahr, CEO of the Global Water Partnership, pointed out that resilience is the ability to bounce back after a shock or negative development and talked among others about the importance of resilient leadership to build a resilient water sector.

Consequently, the investment in human capital was one of the guiding principles during the two days event. The State of the Sector update report identified the capacity of people as one of the remaining key challenges in the region and referred to the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) as one of the possible options to improve the situation.

In the session on Managing talents for resilient services, Jasmine Boehm highlighted that the entire pool of talents needs to be sourced to ensure a diverse workforce and finally resilient water and wastewater services. Further on, the audience identified an inspiring leadership as the key element to attract talent into utilities and appreciated IAWDs concept of a Utility Management Training, which is currently under development.

 

 

 

On the second Day, Michel Sponar, Deputy Head of DG ENV C2 in the European Commission presented his talk on the "Evaluation and recast of EU water policies status, challenges and lessons learned. Although there are still some barriers preventing the full implementation of water policies, such as lack of political will or too optimistic deadlines due to lack of serious planning, the success is obvious due to a simple, clear and focused legislation as well as the EU carrot and stick approach (EU funds vs. infringement).

Other topics discussed in the tow days include cooperation as a tool to achieve resilient services, financing for resilient water infrastructure projects as well as the upcoming component on water security, which is to be developed by the World Bank under the third phase of the Danube Water Program.

In the interactive closing of the conference the audience identified Investment in people followed by Financing instruments should listen to bottom-up needs and finally Communication and collaboration between all stakeholders are essential to meet SDG targets as the take home messages from this years conference.

 

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20 May 2019

Vienna, Austria

What to expect at the upcoming Danube Water Conference?

The upcoming 2019 Danube Water Conference on "Achieving resilience in water and wastewater utilities in the Danube Region" will again demonstrate why this event is the key event for water sector stakeholders in the region. More than 180Over 190 registered participants from more than 25 countries will gather to discuss the latest developments.

Highlights are two high level keynote speeches delivered by Monika Weber-Fahr, CEO and Executive Secretary of the Global Water Partnership on "Why do we need a resilient water sector" as well as by Michel Sponar, Deputy Head of DG ENV C2 in the European Commission on the "Evaluation and recast of EU water policies – status, challenges and lessons learned".

To find out more details on the other sessions, the social activities as well as the networking opportunities with our conference supporters, please consult the Conference Brochure!

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17 June 2019

Bucharest

Two new World Bank job openings in Bucharest, Romania - Water Resources Management / Floods

The World Bank has just advertised several Water Management / Floods positions in Bucharest, Romania. The positions include:

  • An Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) Sr. Water Resources Management / Floods Specialist as technical expert (req3450) with strong EU experience (internal or external candidates welcome); and
  • A Locally Recruited Staff (LRS) Water Resources Management / Floods Specialist (req3452) as project and client coordination team member (internal or external candidates welcome).

The two positions aim at supporting a proposed Reimbursable Advisory Service agreement with the Government of Romania for the preparation of their next cycle of Floods Risk Management Plans. The position details are available on the Bank’s external website (http://www.worldbank.org/en/about/careers) and the closing date is July 1, 2019.

 

We are interested in having a strong pool of internal and external applicants. Please share this announcement in your network and encourage qualified candidates to apply.

Deadline for application: 01 July 2019

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16 May 2019

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Delivery of Integral Climate change adaptation / Water Resource Management Training in BiH

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is implementing National adaptation plan (NAP) , funded by the Green Climate Facility (GCF), within development of Development of monitoring and evaluation framework for climate change adaptation in BiH is envisaged.

All legal entities that are registered and interested in the provision of the abovementioned services are invited to obtain bidding documents and to submit their proposals for:

Delivery of Integral Climate change adaptation / Water Resource Management Training in BiH                                                

Bidding documents will be available every working day at:

UNDP BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

UN House, Zmaja od Bosne bb

71000 SARAJEVO

at web addresss:

http://www.ba.undp.org/content/bosnia_and_herzegovina/bs/home/operations/nabavka/

or upon request through E-mail to: registry.ba@undp.org   

Note: request for BIH/RFQ/057/19 documents.

Deadline for application: 27 May 2019

Delivery of Integral Climate change adaptation / Water Resource Management Training in BiH - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Joshs Water Jobs

Overview : The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina is implementing National adaptation plan (NAP) , funded by the Green Climate Facility (GCF), within development of Development of monitoring and evaluation framework for climate change adaptation in BiH is envisaged. All legal entities that are registered and interested in the provision of the

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16 May 2019

Kosovo

World Bank seeks Environmental Specialist

Sustainable environment and natural resources management (ENRM) is at the heart of the World Bank Group's poverty agenda. Biodiversity and natural resources constitute the social safety net of the poor, representing a food bank and often their only source of livelihood.   Sustainable ENRM promotes a green, clean, and resilient world where natural resources – from forests to fisheries, freshwater, oceans, coastal zones and ecosystems – are managed to support livelihoods and strong economies. Sustainable ENRM builds a world better prepared for shocks and global challenges, helping countries limit their exposure to resource scarcity, more-volatile weather patterns, and the long-term consequences of climate change.

The Environment & Natural Resources Global Practice has two key functions: 

Provides clients with lending and non-lending services aimed to support the GP’s three core business lines, namely: (i) Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes; (ii) Marine, Coastal and Aquatic Resources; and (iii) Pollution Management and Environmental Health. The GP’s activities also include a focus on Clean and Resilient Growth through its work on environmental economics and support to institutional development.

Supports effective environmental risk management and sustainability by managing risk at the project level and creating opportunities to advance sustainable development, in a large part through the implementation of the Bank’s environmental policies, such Safeguards Policies for investment projects with concept notes approved before October 1 2018 and Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) for all other investment projects. The ESF is made up of the World Bank’s vision for sustainable development, the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Policy for Investment Project Financing, and ten Environmental and Social Standards (ESS). These set out the mandatory requirements for the World Bank, in relation to the projects it supports through Investment Project Financing (IPF), and for Borrowers.

ENR GP consists of 10 regional units and one global unit. ENR GP is seeking to recruit an Environmental Specialist with skills in environmental impact assessment, environmental management, climate change mitigation and /or adaptation screening and/or Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) in the Pristina office. The selected specialist will report to Practice Manager of the Europe and Central Asia Unit of ENR GP, located in Washington DC, and will join a team of about 30 staff, half of which half is based in various ECA countries. The specialist will also work closely with Country Manager and staff in the  Pristina office. 

Deadline for application: 27 May 2019

Local recruitment: Environmental Specialist - The World Bank - Joshs Water Jobs

Description About the World Bank Group: Established in 1944, the WBG is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for development solutions. In fiscal year 2018, the WBG committed $67 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to its members and private businesses, of which $24 billion was concessional finance to its poorest members. It is

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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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Deutscher Expertenrat (DEX) - German Experts Association for Environmental Technology and Infrastructure

10th DEX Summer School

Rottenbach, Austria // 30 June 2019 - 05 July 2019

Course / Training

dex summer school started in 2009 and was successfully continued since then with more than 200 young water professionals from more than 15 different countries. In 2019 the dex summer school will be held in Rottenbach/Austria at the premises of dex member VTA. The 2019 program follows the strategy of maintaining basic lectures enriched with new topic of interest. All teachers are internationally well recognised academics from Austria and Germany with long term scientific and practical experience in the field of their lectures and beyond. This years course will cover experiences and practical aspects for the design and operation of sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants, laboratory work on determining sludge parameters and microscopy, sludge treatment and disposal, anaerobic treatment and membrane technology as well as dynamic simulation and energy management of waste water treatment plants.

Cost: 390.- € (fee and accommodation)

Language: english

Start of registration: 12 February 2019

Deadline for registration: 31 May 2019

Status: closed for registration

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Nova Tech 2019

Lyon, France // 01 July 2019 - 05 July 2019

Conference / Workshop

NOVATECH promotes strategies and solutions for integrated and sustainable water management in the city, with a focus on stormwater management.

A FULLY BILINGUAL EVENT English and French are the two official languages. Simultaneous translation will be provided for all sessions of the conference and during the technical tours.

Programme OVERVIEW

The programme of Novatech 2019 will be organised around the following principles:

3 conference days from Tuesday 2 to Thursday 4 July, with:

  • An opening plenary session with prestigious guests;
  • four concurrent sessions of conferences, allowing for more than 150 oral presentations. The conference programme will be built upon the paper proposals following the call for papers launched in September 2018. A preliminary programme will be available in March 2019.
  • Novatech Awards to enhance public projects and policies integrating stormwater management: the finalists will present their project and strategies on Wednesday 3 July. The winners will be rewarded by the jury on Wednesday evening during a special ceremony.
  • Poster exhibitions are also an integral part of Novatech and interactive workshops will complete the programme.
  • Specialised workshop on Monday 1 July organised by international IWA/IAHR working groups;
  • A day for technical tours on Friday 5 July, enabling delegates to discover remarkable urban planning projects in Lyon and its region, as well as experimental catchment areas of the Field Observatory for Urban Water Management.

Start of registration: 16 July 2018

Deadline for registration: 16 July 2018

Status: closed for registration

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IWA HRWM Specialist Group, Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (ÖGHMP), Interuniversity Cooperation Centre (ICC) Water and Health

IWA Health Related Water Microbiology

Vienna, Austria // 15 September 2019 - 20 September 2019

Conference / Workshop

This year one of the most important congresses in the field of water hygiene and microbiology of the International Water Association (IWA) will take place in Vienna with participants from all over the world.

The quality of water used for drinking, irrigation, aquaculture, food processing or recreational purposeshas a significant impact on public health on a global scale. Faecal pollution is a primary health concern inthe environment, in water and in food. The development of new indicators of faecal contamination, sourcetracking, risk, treatment, will also be a topic that is being discussed. Main topics include among othersresearch on pathogenic bacteria, parasites and viruses, microbial indicators, modelling associated risk andmicrobial source tracking tools, as well as water treatment and disinfection, water reuse, recreational water,water management in disaster situations and extreme events, antimicrobial resistance, as well as waterquality and infection control in health care facilities. Contributions related to the UN SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDG) are particularly welcome. The IWA Young Water Professionals(www.iwanetwork.org/youngwaterprofessionals) will be an active part in the symposium organizationand program and are especially encouraged to participate. Workshops are under preparation on the topics“Biological risks of WWTP workers”, “QMRA_catch Approach” and in cooperation with WHO “AntimicrobialResistance” and "Bacteriophages as indicators in water management".

Deadline Abstract submission: 15. April 2019

Language: english

Start of registration: 07 March 2019

Deadline for registration: 15 September 2019

Status: open for registration

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ADKOM's bulletin for the period April - August 2018.

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Marin, Philippe; Ionita, Gabriel; Buteica, Alexandru Cosmin; Niculescu, Cesar; Smets, Susanna; Lopez, Patricia; Dikov, Orlin M.

Romania Water Diagnostic Report : Moving toward EU Compliance, Inclusion, and Water Security

This diagnostic report was prepared by the World Bank to support its water sector dialogue with the Government of Romania. It aims to provide stakeholders, especially from the Romanian Government and the European Commission, with a comprehensive stock-taking of the situation in the Romanian water sector in 2017, 10 years after the country joined the EU. The report documents the current situation, discusses the main lessons learned from reforms in water resources management, water supply sanitation and irrigation, and identifies the key water challenges faced by Romania. While not pretending to cover all possible water-related issues (due inter alia to limited access to some information), it seeks to identify the key policy issues and indicate what steps the government could consider in the near future. The situation in the water sector in Romania is analyzed through the lens of water security, with a focus on compliance with EU water legislation and the inclusion of the poor. Water security is a broad concept that encompasses ensuring sustainable use of water resources, delivering affordable services to all, and mitigating water-related risks in a context of change — the goal being to build a water secure future for the people, the economy and the environment in a context of global changes. In the case of Romania, the over-arching concept of water security is closely linked to compliance and inclusion.

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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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Thomas Prorok, Ankica Todorović, Dalilah Pichler, Mladen Ivanović, Lena Rücker, Mile Pejčić

Agenda 2030 in my municipality - A handbook for practitioners for localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, UN member states adoptedthe 2030 Agenda for SustainableDevelopment and itsSustainable Development Goalsand implementation principles,which represent the vision forthe world that we should strive tobecome by 2030. These 17 goalswith 169 targets cover a wide arrayof sectoral policies. Local andregional governments played animportant role in influencing thedefinition of the SDGs, successfullycampaigning for a stand-alonegoal on Sustainable Cities and HumanSettlements (SDG 11), and forinternational recognition of thepivotal role of local and regionalgovernment in sustainable development.As the Sustainable DevelopmentGoals of the 2030 Agenda must beachieved at global, national andsubnational levels, the success ofthis ambitious agenda is dependenton the active involvementof every level of government andof a large variety of stakeholders.Multi-level approaches and multi-stakeholder-partnerships thereforewill be the key factors formaking our common world visionattainable by 2030. The global developmentagenda cannot be confinedto the competence of centralgovernment alone. The frameworkof the Sustainable DevelopmentGoals with its universal definitionof goals and targets has tobe adapted to concrete situationsand specific needs to create actualbenefits for concrete people andtheir living conditions.This process of taking into accountsubnational contexts in theachievement of the 2030 Agenda,is what we understand by “Localizingthe SDGs”. Localization relatesboth to how the SDGs can providea framework for local develop-Foreword5ment policy and to how local andregional governments can supportthe achievement of the SDGsthrough action from the bottomup. We at the Regional Project “SocialRights for Vulnerable Groups”are committed to work with ourpartner municipalities in supportingthem so that the most vulnerablepeople’s living conditionscan be improved. We are convincedthat our partner municipalitiesare the administrative level closestto the local communities and canmake a meaningful difference intheir lives, in a timely manner andflexibly reacting to emerging andfast changing needs.In this respect the capacities ofmunicipal structures to implementthe 2030 Agenda and monitorthe achievement of SDGs onlocal level and the involvementof public, private and civil societyactors are crucial. This Handbookhas been designed to serve exactlythis purpose. To help practitionersat municipal level in improvingtheir knowledge and strengtheningtheir understanding of the relevanceof the 2030 agenda and theSDGs at local level, to raise theircapacities to become promoters ofthe SDGs and to be able to sensitizeother stakeholders.

Publisher Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH,

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2018

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Gabric, Stjepan; Broeks Motta, Elvira Cusiqoyllor; Salvetti, Maria Silvia Giovanna; Lopez Martinez, Patricia;

Is the UWWTD Implementation Delivering Results for the People, the Economy, and the Environment of the Danube Region? A Wastewater Management Assessment Based on the World Bank's Engagement

This review of wastewater management in Danube region under EU water policies shows that, despite several challenges, the UWWTD has indeed delivered results for the people and environment in Danube region. The share of wastewater treated according to the UWWTD requirements is showing a major improvement since 2004, demonstrating impact of massive investment efforts undertaken, and resulting in significant emission reduction in the recent past. This has resulted in a noticeable water quality improvement over the last 20 years for both organic pollutants and nutrients. At the same time, the review points out to several challenges. Implementation capacity is often neglected and insufficiently prepared. The necessary tariff increases, a consequence of investment in new infrastructure and related O&M cost increases, trigger affordability issues for the bottom 40 percent of population. A lack of the necessary sectoral institutional reforms, has resulted in lower than planned absorption of available funds and delays in UWWTD compliance. These challenges also represent opportunities in the implementation of the current Directive within and beyond the Member States, and its potential review. The current implementation of the Directive could be made more efficient using sound economic appraisal to prioritize investments according to their cost-effectiveness while maintaining public health and environmental benefits and achievement of WFD objectives. 

Publisher World Bank,

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Contributed by Administrator: Katerina Schilling on 19 December 2018

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2017

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Environment Agency Austria

Wastewater Management in the Danube Region: Opportunities of EU Accession (annexes)

Under the activity analytical and advisory work of the World Bank / IAWD Danube Water Program, the Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria) was entrusted in March 2017 with the execution of this study. It aims to assess the results of UWWTD implementation in the Danube Region, taking into account environmental, economic, sustainability and affordability aspects, in order to derive key conclusions and recommendations. Target countries were the following eight EU Member Countries of the Danube: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. The specific objective of this study was to assess the key challenges and actions that countries in the Danube basin can use for wastewater management. This document includes the annexes to the main report, which is uploaded separately. 

Publisher World Bank, Vienna

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Contributed by David Michaud on 17 September 2018

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