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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21 May 2020

Online

Check out the summary of our first webinar "Managing water services in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic"

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a threat to the health of people, but also a challenge for the operators of critical infrastructure. This webinar, the first of a series addressing the response of the Danube region’s water service sector on the Corona crisis, gathers experts from the financing sector, a utility and a utility association to discuss challenges encountered and the implications of the Corona crisis on the provision of water services.

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21 May 2020

Online

Watch our second webinar "Exchange of experiences between water utilities in delivering services in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic"

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a threat to the health of people, but also a challenge for the operators of critical infrastructure. This webinar, the second of a series addressing the response of the Danube region’s water service sector on the Corona crisis, gathers representatives from the utility sector to discuss the management of water and wastewater utilities under the impact of the Corona crisis and exchange experiences on challenges encountered.

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29 April 2020

online

Coming soon: "The response of the Danube region’s water service sector on the Corona crisis"

IAWD and the World Bank are pleased to announce a webinar series "The response of the Danube region’s water service sector on the Corona crisis"  to be hosted in the frame of the Danube Water Program.

The objective of the webinars is to share useful and practical experience for managing water services and utilities during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to allow for an exchange between utilities on useful response mechanisms, as well as to exchange on how business continuity can be ensured under the ongoing circumstances.

Dates and topics:

7 May 2020, 15:00 – 16:15 (CEST): Managing water services in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic

14 May 2020, 15:00 – 16:15 (CEST): Exchange of experiences between water utilities in delivering services in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic

28 May 2020, 15:00 – 16:15 (CEST): Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic for ensuring business continuity of water services

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@ Austria, REGIONAL

02 October 2019

Postgraduate Research Associate (Project Employment) / PhD position on "Regionalization of groundwater recharge in Austria

The Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment, Institute for Hydrology and Water Management at BOKU is currently seeking a Postgraduate Research Associate (project employment). The PhD position is integrated in the ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) project „RechAUT“. The aim of this project is to quantify and predict groundwater recharge rates, their variability and uncertainties and the potential impacts for land use and water management in Austria.

The advertised PhD position will focus on the regional hydrological modelling and regionalization aspects of the project. However, there will be a strong and intensive collaboration with the other PhD students and team members involved. Gross monthly salary and pay grade in terms of collective agreement for university staff (payable 14 times per year): B1, € 2.148,40

Deadline for application: 16 October 2019

Postgraduate Research Associate (Project Employment) / PhD position on Regionalization of groundwater recharge in Austria - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences - Joshs Water Jobs

The Department of Water, Atmosphere and Environment, Institute for Hydrology and Water Management at BOKU is currently seeking a Postgraduate Research Associate (project employment). The PhD position is integrated in the ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) project „RechAUT“. The aim of this project is to quantify and predict groundwater recharge rates, their variability and

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Job Opening

@ Austria, REGIONAL

02 October 2019

Research Assistant (part-time 20 hours per week) - the IIASA Risk and Resilience (RISK) Program

The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team to identify roles, opportunities, and pathways for cities to foster circular economy, and to become more resilient and livable under climate change across different urbanization contexts in China and Europe.

Deadline for application: 16 October 2019

Research Assistant (part-time 20 hours per week) - the IIASA Risk and Resilience (RISK) Program - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) - Joshs Water Jobs

Vacancy 28/2019 - The successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team to identify roles, opportunities, and pathways for cities to foster circular economy, and to become more resilient and livable under climate change across different urbanization contexts in China and Europe.

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Calls and Tenders

@ REGIONAL

05 September 2019

YWP watch out! Application period still open for Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme

The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme aims to strengthen organisations from the nature conservation sector in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, by developing the personal capacity of early-career conservation professionals to overcoming global biodiversity loss. The training programme catalyzes personal capacity development through training on international best conservation practice and policy, management training, and personal network development.

Key features of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme:

The only extra-occupational training programme for established conservation professionals from both governmental and non-governmental organizations of the region

Putting a broad focus on biodiversity policy

Promoting professional excellence

Focusing on technical, management and leadership skills

Considering the ecological, historical and political linkages among the transition countries of the Eurasian region

Fostering a professional network in support of regional cooperation in biodiversity conservation

Combining highly interactive seminars held in English language, field trips and inter-sessional assignments, e-learning as well as a transfer project.

The Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is implemented by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in partnership with IUCN, the CBD Secretariat, the Secretariat of the CMS, and UNEP-WCMC. Funding of the programme is provided by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Deadline for application: 10 October 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.

Danubis - The latest @danubis.org

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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Upcoming Events

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IHE Delft

6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity for the Water Sector

Delft, The Netherlands // 27 May 2020 - 29 May 2020

Conference / Workshop

Despite great progress in extending water and sanitation services globally, our world is currently facing more, and more urgent, challenges around water security than ever before. We are still far from reaching the SDG 6 (and other water-related) goals on water supply and sanitation. The insecurity and risks associated with water scarcity, flooding, storm surges and sea-level rise are increasing. The combined forces of climate change and growing water demand propelled by economic growth could see the world tip from a predominantly water-abundant place, to one that is predominantly water-scarce by 2045. At the same time as the urgency increases, new investments and policies must navigate deeper regulatory, financial and political complexity and provide answers for a future that brings growing uncertainty.

In this 6th International Symposium on Knowledge and Capacity in the Water Sector, IHE Delft, the African Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank, OECD, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cap-Net/UNDP, Deltares, the UNHABITAT/Global Water Operator Partnership Alliance, Rand Water and others will convene leaders in the water profession and beyond to explore what the future is likely to bring and how new developments in implementation science can help us to act by strengthening institutional capacity. By bringing together key stakeholders to consider the most pressing challenges and emerging solutions in the field, the Symposium aims to identify and improve upon the concepts, priorities, strategies and tools to develop institutional capacity and share knowledge at a global scale for addressing these challenges. The Symposium will help outline the core skills, knowledge and attitudes the world’s water professionals and the institutions will need, and to build clear commitment to identify and act on concrete multi-stakeholder actions.

The Symposium aims to build on the concepts of capacity development and move towards an implementation science. Though most countries now dispose of policies, laws and plans, their effective implementation remains the systemic challenge. Implementation science is commonly defined as the study of strategies and methods to promote the embedding into routine practice of interventions that have proven effective, with the aim of enhancing overall water security.

Language: english

Start of registration: 05 September 2019

Deadline for registration: 27 May 2020

Status: open for registration

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GENERAL

@ Slovenia

Water Agency / Vodna Agencija

WEP EFFECT 2020 – International Festival of Educational Programs on Water Conservation

Rogaška Slatina, Slovenia // 29 May 2020 - 30 May 2020

Exhibition / Fair

Through many years of activities in the project Water Agent, we have developed genuine collaborations with many utility companies. We get to know and supplement their educational programs for raising awareness of children and the local population. In addition to printed documents – brochures, leaflets, games, there is also a lot of animated and video material. Everyone wants to provide the best information and programs to educate and raise awareness of their users. The goal is, as a rule, rational use of drinking water and reasonable sewage treatment.

In order to make these materials accessible and visible beyond the scope of their business, we have decided to organize the WEP EFFECT 2020 –  International Festival of Educational Programs on Water Conservation. The International Festival –  WEP EFFECT 2020 is scheduled as part of our activities at the European Sustainable Development Week https://www.esdw.eu/  from May 29th  to 30th 2020 at the Rogaška Slatina Cultural center.

Applicants can be utility companies or public water and waste management companies. Contribution to the festival can be printed material (flyer, brochure, workbook) or audio-video material (feature film, animated film, music video), and ppt presentation. In terms of content, they need to be geared towards education and information on the importance of drinking water protection, rational consumption, wastewater treatment, cooking oil collection, etc. We invite you to present programs and materials on activities in 2018 and 2019. New ideas are also welcome.

The authors of the best-presented programs presented will be awarded prizes.

Instructions will be sent to anyone interested in the scope and format of the entries and the festival schedule. You can find more information at https://www.vodnaagencija.org/effect-2020/

For any additional clarification, we are happy to contact you at festival@vodnaagencija.org

Cost: from 55 Euro to 389 Euro (check the link)

Language: English

Start of registration: 01 February 2020

Deadline for registration: 20 May 2020

Status: closed for registration

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IAWD and IWA SG on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication

4th Regional IWA Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication

Vienna, Austria // 14 September 2020 - 17 September 2020

Conference / Workshop

The 4th Regional IWA Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication will be held in Vienna, Austria. This conference is designed to be a platform for exchange on new trends an solutions in the context of diffuse pollution and eutrophication. The target audience are all stakeholders involved including researchers, practioners, consultants, policy makers and other interested parties.

The conference program is organized in cooperation with IWA Specialist Group Health Related Water Microbiology (HRWM) and the ICC Water and Health. This 4th edition of the Regional IWA Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication is organized by IAWD, the International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area, in cooperation with the IWA Specialist Group on Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication (IWA SG DP&E). The venue of the conference is the Campus of the TU Wien located in the heart of the City.

The Call for Content is now available!

Language: english

Start of registration: 15 April 2020

Deadline for registration: 14 September 2020

Status: open for registration

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08 May 2020

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ADKOM

ADKOM's quarterly report - January - April 2020

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ADKOM's bulletin - January - April 2020

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ADKOM's bulletin - September- December 2019

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Water Europe, UNESCO WWAP

Water in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How can Europe Act

Water Europe has launched its new publication 'Water in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How can Europe Act'. The publication has been jointly designed and developed with the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and its objective is to advocate for the role that the European Union, the European Commission and the European Water Sector actors had and should continue to have, to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda, in particular to SDG 6 and other water-related targets.

The SDGs are a global commitment by all Member States of the United Nations on 17 interlinked universal goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. According to the World Economic Forum, water presents some of the world’s most pressing social, political, environmental and economic challenges.

What are the key findings of the publication?

  • The importance of water is still not widely understood, despite its relevance for sustainable development.
  • To achieve the SDGs, societies need to recognize and realize the Value of Water and build Water-Smart Societies. To do this, we need technological but also non-technological innovations, including the involvement of all relevant stakeholders in the governance of our water systems.
  • Sustainable business practices and business innovations are essential to achieve and ensure sustainable water resources management.
  • Monitoring, transparency, inclusiveness and accountability can serve as important drivers to track and inspire action towards achieving Water-Smart Societies that are critical for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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2017

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Rita Brito, Maria Cardoso, Helena Alegre

ISO 55000 as a tool to support planning and decision on sanitation solutions

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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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