With IAWD’s extensive technology and engineering expertise, and GWP CEE’s water governance and stakeholder engagement knowledge, both organizations plan to join forces in identifying possibilities for joint project proposals to ensure a better water resource management in the region.
Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe On November 21 - 23, the closing workshop of the fourth cycle of the Utility Benchmarking Program in the Ukrainian Benchmarking Hub took place in Lviv with the support of the Danube Water Program. representatives of 15 enterprises of the water supply and sewerage sector of Ukraine, the International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area (IAWD, Austria), European Benchmarking Cooperation (EBC, the Netherlands), Ministry of Regional Development, Building and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine, Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection (Federal State of Bavaria), Chamber of Commerce “Polish Waterworks” (Izba Gospodarcza "Wodociągi Polskie", Poland), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmb H, WWTP of Nuremberg, specialists from Bulgaria, representatives of famous companies Huber and Siemens and others.
Full details of the assignment and expected steps are included in the Terms of Reference.
The assignment will be based on a short term contract with IAWD.
More than 180 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".The missions of GWP CEE and IAWD are complementary, with GWP CEE focusing on advocacy for integrated water resources management and IAWD on sustainable development of water supply and sanitation services.GWP CEE and IAWD agreed to strengthen a cooperation in knowledge sharing and capacity building activities.IAWD - International Association of Water Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area Attn: Philip Weller, Danube Water Program c/o World Bank Praterstrasse 31/18, A-1020 Vienna, Austria E-mail: [email protected],at with a copy to schilling(at)iawd(dot)at To R Communication Strategy 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 (One session of the seminar dealt with "International experience: Exchanging of experience of German experts with Ukrainian utilities representatives in order to find the best solutions for performance improvement according to benchmarking results" and enabled knowledge axchange between german and ukrainian utilities.On the November 23 for participants was organized the visit to the station of production of sodium hypochlorite of Lviv City Municipal Enterprise “Lvivvodokanal”.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-Lea P) as one of the possible options to improve the situation.This year’s 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.