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DANUBIS (Danube Utility Benchmarking and Information Sharing) is an online repository of resources for and about water supply and sanitation utilities in Southeast, Eastern, and Central Europe.








DWP Events

Danube Water Conference
    11-13 May 2016, Vienna, Austria

Danube Water Utility CEO/Senior Executive Meeting
    04 March 2016, Vienna, Austria

Workshop for validation of new data
   collection and management platform

    11-12 February 2016, Vienna, Austria

Associations Meeting
    03-04 December 2015, Vienna, Austria

Further Events

Water and Jobs - Balkan Joint Conference and Exhibition
    2 - 4 November 2016, Tirana, Albania

16th International Conference on Water Supply and Sewerage Systems
    25 - 27 May 2016, Jahorina, Pale, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Regulating Water Supply and Wastewater Services
    25 - 28 May 2016, Ohrid, R.Macedonia

Water Services - From Challenges to     Opportunities
    30 March 2016, Zenica, B&H

European River Symposium
    2-4 March 2016, Vienna, Austria

EIP Water Conference 2016
    10 February 2016, Leeuwarden, The

For a more comprehensive overview of water and wasterwater events in the Danube region, consult DANUBIS.org.


DWC 2016 Agenda available

DWC 2015 Conference Report available

DWC 2014 Conference Report available

Program Activities

Analytical and Advisory Work
Capacity Development
Knowledge Sharing
Competitive Grant Window


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New Brochure available on DANUBIS.org

Find out more about DANUBIS.org and how it can help YOU to stay informed! Are you interested in utility performance, country or sector resources and events or training programs or do you wish to share an event or a resource or to establish a country portal? Have a look into the brochure and see what DANUBIS.org can do for you!

 DANUBIS.org Brochure


D-LeaP Declaration of Intent and DANUBIS Memorandum of Understanding signed at the Danube Water Conference 2016

In the frame of the 4th Danube Water conference, held in Vienna on 11-13 May 2016, a Declaration of Intent was signed between IAWD and the members of the Round Table of Water Utility Associations to establish the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP).

The Vision of D-LeaP envisages a Danube region where all citizens enjoy sustainable water and wastewater services. D-Leap aims to achieve its vision by offering a sustainable and comprehensive set of learning and capacity-building programs to participating utility companies and sector professionals through the partnering national water associations.

Walter Kling, Secretary-General of IAWD, comments: „The signing of the declaration marks the start of concrete action by the members of the Round Table of Water Utility Associations. The partners will join IAWD as members and the Round Table develops to be one of the important networking platforms for the Danube and Balkan region!”

Furthermore, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the newly developed Danubis DCM Platform was signed between IAWD and four participating countries represented by their Managing Institutions (Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia). Whereas the website Danubis.org facilitates the management of a regional utility performance database accessible for all, the Danubis DCM comprises the development of an optional regional Data Collection and Management platform.

Whereas the website Danubis.org facilitates the management of a regional utility performance database accessible for all, the Danubis DCM comprises the development of an optional regional Data Collection and Management platform. The DCM platform allows utility companies to enter utility performance data in an amicable web interface and helps national institutions to check the quality and consistency of the data provided as well as to manage and safeguard the data in a secure manner. The next action to be taken in this context is the translation of training materials and a workshop on the use of the DCM platform in June.

 Picture Declaration of Intent

 Picture MoU


Danube Water Conference 2016

12-13 May, Vienna, Austria


Further information


MoU signed between NALAs and IAWD

During the XI NALAS General Assembly, held in Prishtina on 14 and 15 April 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between NALAS and IAWD. "I am happy that I was able to attend NALAS conference yesterday and learn about the challenges of local governments in the Region when it comes to investments. We are here to join actions, develop capacities and improve services to citizens", said Mr. Walter Kling on behalf of IAWD.

 Further information on the NALAS General Assembly


European Riverprize Winner 2015 announced

As part of the European River Symposium held in Vienna on 2-4 March 2016, the winner of the prestigious European Riverprize was announced. The Segura River in Spain was selected for the effective restoration conducted over the past 30 years. Through advanced wastewater schemes and water reclamation, the Segura River Project managed to transform the heavily-polluted watercourse resembling an open sewer into a healthy, vibrant river. The award and trophy were presented at a Gala Dinner in the Vienna City Hall. Two other finalists presented their river restoration projects; the River Trent in the United Kingdom and the Aragon River in Spain.

The European River Symposium included presentations, working groups and panel discussions on a wide range of topics related to river management, such as hydropower, tourism, flood protection, water quality and the role of partnerships in river management. Further information on the Riverprize, as well as the full conference program can be found below.

 Further information on the European River Prize and the three finalists

 European River Symposium Program Guide


Brochure on the Commercial Efficiency capacity building program published

A brochure summarising the Commercial Efficiency capacity building activity, which was conducted from October 2014 to October 2015, has been published. This activity consisted of three phases, during which a consultant team developed business plans and commercial improvement measures with 21 water utilities from the Danube region. This was followed by technical assistance aimed at translating the measures and opportunities identified during the planning process into practice.

 Brochure on Commercial Efficiency Capacity Building Activity


Work Plan for Danube Water Program Phase II now available online

Upon receiving confirmation that the Danube Water Program will be extended for at least another three years, a Work Plan was compiled for Phase II, which runs until the end of 2016. The updated Work Plan describes all on-going and planned activities under both the current and next phase of the Program, and builds on the latest Work Plan for 2013-2015 approved by the Steering Committee in February 2015. The Work Plan is consistent with the Program's objective and revised results framework and reflects progress made and feedback received since the start of the Program. The document is available for download below and can also be found under the 'Key Program Documents' heading in the 'Publications' section on this webpage.

 Danube Water Program Phase II Work Plan


Danube Water Program continues to end of 2018

The Danube Water Program has received funding for a second phase (continuation) and will be active for at least another three years – up to the end of 2018. The Austrian Ministry of Finance approved the additional 5 million euro financing and all the necessary Grant documents have been signed.

The World Bank and IAWD will again jointly manage the activities (as a continuation of the existing arrangements) and the staff who have managed the work till now will continue their work.

In the continuation of the program there will be the major program elements continued with an additional focus on capacity building of utilities and support for strengthening National Water Utility associations and IAWD in particular. A second round of competitive grants will also be launched early in 2016.

Prior to the end of the project another State of the Sector survey will be completed to review progress in reforming the water sector and additional analytical work will be carried out on regionalization and supplying water services to rural areas among other topics.