This joint initiative answers a need of the Danube countries to specifically address the multi-dimensional problem of wastewater management in the Danube River Basin under the ICPDR umbrella.
The objective of the workshop was to achieve a clear concept of the roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders involved and to identify the necessary further steps towards sustainable management of wastewater infrastructure and service. Moreover, the workshop provided the participants with a platform to identify, share and discuss best practices and cost-efficient solutions in wastewater management.
The workshop program included keynote speeches to set the scene along with specific presentations and brainstorming sessions to identify particular issues and discuss potential solutions around the three main pillars:
- Investment & Financing
- Management & Operation
- Innovation & Technology
The main take-home messages from the workshop were that better absorbing rates are needed for funding infrastructure development, proper water-pricing and affordability is both a challenge and a must and there is still a strong need for skilled workforce at all levels: national and local administrations and also utilities. Finally, sludge management and energy-optimisation at treatment plant level, deserve closer attention, thus making wastewater a resource and no longer a problem. International organisations should assist countries to achieve these objectives, particularly in facilitating capacity-building and strengthening in the sector.
Presentations, speakers’ biographies and a list of participants are available on the event page.
A full report on discussions, outcomes and next steps will be available shortly.
Source and editorial: ICPDR
Photo credits: ICPDR