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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30 January 2019

Video on the ukrainian CE Company Donbass Water operating in the "grey zone" in the eastern part of Ukraine

Utility company “ Voda Donbassa” was established in 1930.

The company's assets and offices are located both in Ukrainian Government-controlled territory as well as in non-Government controlled territory.

The video provides an overview of the company including the challenges the utility as facing in their operations in the eastern part of Ukraine.

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15 January 2019

RWSN (Rural Water Supply Network) Mentorship programme for young professionals

Starting your career in the rural water sector can be intimidating, and it can be difficult to know which direction to take and how to achieve your professional ambitions. Mentorship presents the opportunity for young professionals or students to exchange with more senior professionals in the water sector in order to progress more rapidly, and to learn from each other.In 2019, RWSN is launching a mentorship scheme, aimed at matching young professionals under the age of 35 with more senior professionals in the rural water sector. The aim of this scheme is to help develop the new generation of water experts in the rural water sector, and to ensure the knowledge and experience acquired by senior members of the community is not lost.

Interested in being a mentor or a mentee? Please fill out the interest form by 1 February 2019, and feel free to contact the RWSN Secretariat for more information (see website for more information).

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15 January 2019

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Free Webinar on "From vision to action: how water utilities are building climate resilience (Part 1)"

Resilience is more than implementing the right technology or practice to assess and address risks of extreme events. It is an approach that should be part of a coherent and holistic strategy to ensure sustainable water resources and safe and secure water supply.

This webinar will demonstrate through practical cases from North America, the way in which water utilities are responding to climate change impacts to ensure safe and secure water supply. This can be through a variety of approaches including risk management mechanisms (such as Water Safety Plans – see previous webinar), which can direct utilities to strategies such as source protection, diversification of water supplies and use of early warning systems.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

• Learn about best practices utilities are applying to build resilience to climate change hazards and risks.

• Apply a process to identify resilience strategies,

• Draw from the experiences presented to assist the development of plans to respond to their climate hazards and risks.

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Job Opening

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31 January 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

Senior Water Resources Management Specialist (SDG 6 Program) at GWP

The significant links and interdependencies between the targets of SDG 6 on water and sanitation and those of other goals highlight the central role of water within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within SDG6, the SDG6.5 target on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) is particularly well aligned with GWP’s mission. Together with UNEP/DHI, the custodian agency for SDG6.5, the GWP secretariat is currently scoping and designing a multi-year program that would empower GWP country water partnerships in mobilizing implementation action across relevant actors, ministries, and GWP partners – in the context of an ongoing dialogue about the assessment of progress towards SDG6.5.   The program will be at the core of the emerging new GWP strategy and is also one of the anchors for thought leadership on IWRM Implementation within country level realities and experiences.

The Sr. Water Resources Management Specialist/SDG6 Program is responsible for designing the program and for coordinating the range of direct SDG support initiatives being implemented under the program. This coordination involves (i) global support and creative design of worldwide activities on knowledge generation and exchange, (ii) working with regional GWP teams on the management of a range of country-level projects and initiatives, including on ensuring the latest thinking and insights on IWRM are being shared and infused into activities at the regional and local level, and (ii) liaising with appropriate funding partners as needed, both globally and, as appropriate, also advising regional and country teams in their fund-raising. The role requires close collaboration with GWP staff at country and regional levels as well as with colleagues from the GWPO Secretariat and key strategic partners, in particular at UNEP/DHI.  It requires good understanding of multi-stakeholder processes and ideally experience and talent in facilitating such processes.

The Sr. Water Resources Management Specialists/SDG6 Program will lead a small team directly, comprised of 1-3 other staff/interns, while mobilizing and coaching teams across the Network “from behind”.  The position is located within the GWP Secretariat’s Network Operations team, reports to the Head of Network Operations/COO and works closely with the GWP Executive Secretary in matters relating to the global positioning of GWP’s SDG6 work.

Deadline for application: 17 February 2019

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Job Opening

@ Austria, REGIONAL

31 January 2019

Vienna, Austria

Research Scholar (Postdoctoral Level): IIASA Water Program

As part of the Belmont Forum-funded Food-Water-Energy for Urban Sustainable Environments (FUSE) project and the Austrian Development Agency-funded project ''Scaling resilient water and agricultural systems'' in East Africa (scaleWAys), the IIASA Water Program is offering a position for a research scholar (postdoctoral level) in Water Resource and Agricultural Economics. The successful candidate will work on further developing and implementing the in-house hydro-economic modeling framework (ECHO) and applying it in the framework of the FUSE project, as well as conducting research on up-scaling of agricultural water management practices within the framework of the scaleWAys project. This will include the development of interfaces for integrating ECHO and the in-house models such as the hydrological model, Community Water Model (CWatM), and crop model AquaCrop, and the development and application of modules for agricultural and energy sectors within ECHO. The development of these linkages will help to consistently evaluate the effects of implementing innovative food-water-energy solutions, including new agricultural practices, infrastructure, policies, or small-scale interventions, needed to address water scarcity.

Deadline for application: 22 February 2019

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Job Opening

@ Albania, REGIONAL

31 January 2019

Home-based, remote

International Expert to Apply Systems Thinking in Environmental Permits in Albania - Consultancy

This project has been designed to strengthen capacity for environmental monitoring and information management in Albania by establishing an operational environmental information management and monitoring system (EIMS). The project will address the need for an environmental monitoring system that is integrated throughout relevant government institutions and that uses international monitoring standards for indicator development, data collection, analysis, and policy-making. It will also build on existing technical and institutional capacity in Albania to align its management and monitoring efforts with global monitoring and reporting priorities. Increased capacity in this area will improve reporting to the Rio Conventions and lay the groundwork for sustainable development through better-informed environmental policy.

The objectives of this task are:

  • To outline the systemic nature and drivers behind the current system of environmental permits;
  • To design a process and approach which would be inclusive of different stakeholder groups, and would address the systemic nature of challenges on environmental licensing;
  • To ensure engagement of the public in the process of designing solutions, including through crowdsourcing of technological solutions;
  • To oversee development of a range of solutions (policy, technological, participatory) which would comprehensively address the system.

Deadline for application: 03 February 2019

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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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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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REGULATION, TARIFFS AND SUBSIDIES, WATER SERVICES

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Sustainable Tariffs for Water Services

Lisbon, Portugal // 14 March 2019 - 15 March 2019

Conference / Workshop

The conference aims to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue on the sustainability of water services tariffs, under different financial, environmental and social perspectives, including the legal and socio-economic aspects of their implementation.

The design and setting of tariffs intend to achieve several objectives that sometimes conflict with each other and are even incompatible. In addition, the form and structure of how the tariff systems are used do matter and can make a difference. In this way, the setting of sustainable tariffs for water services is a challenge, both in Portugal and internationally. Also, new and recent problems make the design of tariff sustainability more demanding and complex.

Climate change and the need for more resilient systems, new sources of water, such as those resulting from reuse, desalination and also rainwater, raise new issues that need to be discussed and analyzed for the implementation of best practices. The fact that the access to water is considered a human right also strengthens the social component of sustainability, which can never be separated from financial sustainability.

All these issues require adequate governance for the different countries to achieve the sustainable development goal (SDG), in particular the goal number 6, in a context and great pressure.

For this purpose, the adoption of sustainable tariffs becomes fundamental and is of the utmost importance.

Language: english

Start of registration: 23 January 2019

Deadline for registration: 14 March 2019

Status: open for registration

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World Water Day 2019 – Leaving no one behind

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World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, ‘Leaving no one behind’, adapts the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. Get familiar with the issues – why are people being left behind without safe water and what can be done to reach them?

Start of registration: 31 January 2019

Deadline for registration: 31 January 2019

Status: closed for registration

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REGULATORY BENCHMARKING, REGULATION, TARIFFS AND SUBSIDIES

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Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA)

4th ERRA Training: Fundamentals of Water Utility Regulation

Budapest, Hungary // 25 March 2019 - 29 March 2019

Course / Training

Cost: Yes, see website

Language: English

Start of registration: 11 January 2019

Deadline for registration: 21 March 2019

Status: open for registration

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27 September 2018

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ADKOM's Bulletin no 2

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

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Background report

30 June 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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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 : 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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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. 

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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. 

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2017

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Environment Agency Austria

Wastewater Management in the Danube Region: Opportunities of EU Accession

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

Publisher World Bank, Vienna

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