Water and Sanitation Safety Planning in rural Romania, Albania and Macedonia
The aim of this project is to raise awareness about environmental protection and risk based management of water supply and sanitation systems, and to take action particularly in the area of water quality and sanitation in rural communities
|Countries:||Romania, Albania, and FYR Macedonia|
|Donors:||Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety|
|Partners:||Aquademica (Romania), Women in Development Shkodra, Journalists for Human Rights|
|Issues:||Water & Sanitation|
|Duration:||09/2017 - 04/2019|
The introduction of Water and Sanitation Safety Plan (WSSP) approach encourages citizens to promote local action for the improvement of water supply and sanitation systems, with the active participation of students, youth, teachers, locals and the authorities.
In the three project countries Romania, Albania and FYR Macedonia, there is a big gap between rural and urban areas in terms of infrastructure and living conditions. In many rural areas, the water supply and sanitation system are not up to date and need to be improved. The priority of policy and decision makers should move towards the sector of water and sanitation but the local communities can also take action themselves to improve their situation.
WECF developed with partners a WSSP compendium with guidelines, background information and concrete advice how to develop and implement a Water and Sanitation Safety Plan in rural communities. The WSSP compendium has been translated into Romanian, Albanian and Macedonian and will be applied in the three countries.
The activities cover educational measures for small municipalities and schools and the reach out to a population of 36 000 in Macedonia and 32 000 in Albania. In Romania the activities will focus on the education of teachers through an accredited training programme by the school authorities and the development and implementation of a national guideline for small communities on risk-based drinking water management with the Ministry of Health. On national level, the project also includes round tables for relevant stakeholders on the project results as well as related topics such as water quality and risk assessment approaches.
Partners in this project are:
In Romania: Aquademica
In Macedonia: Journalists for Human Rights
In Albania: Women in Development Shkodra
The Romanian experts Monica Isacu for wastewater management and Mihaela Vasilescu for water supply will support the project implementation.
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Germany.
World Water Day 2018!
Having the Agenda 2030 in sight - Water and Sanitation Conference in Romania
Water and Sanitation Safety Planning in rural areas of Romania and Macedonia
Small-scale water supplies in rural areas in Macedonia
Civil society conference to introduce our Water and Sanitation Safety Planning (WSSP) project and Comendium in Romania and Macedonia“
WECF's Water and Sanitation Expert Claudia Wendland at IWA Conference
The 13th IWA Specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems & 5th IWA Specialized Conference on Resources-Oriented Sanitation took place in ATHENS, GREECE on 14-16 September 2016
"Rural drinking water supplies in Macedonia not safe due to improper management"
Water and Sanitation Safety Planning in rural Macedonia - Closing Conference on WECF Project
“We cannot have safe water without proper waste and wastewater management”
Water and Sanitation Safety Planning in rural Romania - Closing Conference on WECF Project
Macedonia (FYROM):Tested small-scale water supplies are not safe
Schools and WECF tested small-scale water supplies in the Arachinova and Vratnica community on nitrate and bacterial contamination.
New Publication: Developing a Water and Sanitation Safety Plan in a Rural Community
This Compendium aims to enable communities to develop a WSSP for small-scale water supplies, e.g. dug wells, boreholes, springs and piped centralised water supply systems, and as well as to assess the quality of sanitation facilities such as school toilets.
28.05.2014 | WECF
WECF presents 10 steps for developing Water and Sanitation Safety Plans
A two day training for teachers and local authorities enabling communities in Timisoara county, Romania, to develop their own WSSPs
28.05.2014 | WECF