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Water and Sanitation Safety Planning in rural Romania and Macedonia

The aim of this project is to raise awareness about environmental protection and to take action particularly in the area of water quality and sanitation in rural communities.


Countries: Romania and FYR Macedonia
Donors: Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Germany
Partners: Aquademica (Romania), Journalists for Human Rights (FYR Macedonia)
Issues: Water & Sanitation
Duration: 05/2016 - 01/2017

The aim of this project is to raise awareness about environmental protection and to take action particularly in the area of water quality and sanitation in rural communities.

The introduction of a Water and Sanitation Safety Plan (WSSP) approach with an updated compendium encourages the population 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.

Romania joined the European Union in 2007, and has until 2018 to implement the EU regulations relating to the EU Water Framework Directive. There is still a great need for the construction and renovation of local infrastructure in rural areas.

Since 2005, (the Former Yugoslav Republic - FYR) Macedonia has been a pre-accession country in the EU. 99% of its households, both in urban and rural areas, are connected to the central water supply system, but many water shortages exist. Its water pipes were laid between 1960 and 1980, and a lack of maintenance has led to the poor condition of this water supply system. The population in both countries is often unaware of the interconnections between the quality of water, sanitation, hygiene and health.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed the innovative tool of Water Safety Plans (WSP) to ensure the quality of water systems, including small wells and small-scale local centralised water-supply systems. This helps minimise health risks. In these WSPs, civil society is considered of crucial importance, as are the authorities and local suppliers.
First aim of the project is to update the WSSP compendium and to translate into Macedonian, Albanian, Bulgarian and Romanian language so that it can be use in the whole region. The compendium will be then used in Macedonia and Romania and WSSP will be introduced in the regions TImis/Romania and Skopje/Macedonia. In a final conference in Timisoara, the project results will be shared with the interested audience.

Partners in this project are:
In Romania, WECF‘s partner is the Aquademica Foundation, based in Timisoara. It was founded in 2009 and is recognised as a national training and educational centre in the environmental field. The foundation has experience in the provision of highly qualified training sessions, applied knowledge and the development and implementation of innovative and modern strategies. Projects in water and sanitation are also part of its activities.

In Macedonia (FYROM) our partner is Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), an NGO working in the fields of youth development, equal rights, the elimination of discrimination against women in society and the environment, and freedom of speech. JHR is an important stakeholder in the process under the Protocol on Water and Health.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Germany.

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