The Balkan’s regional meeting on Water 19. December 2012
WECF together with journalists for Human rights and UNECE organised the "Water Convention and Transboundary water dialogue as an instrument for Adaptation to Climate Change” in Skopje, (FYR) of Macedonia
During the one-day conference in Skopje, (FYR) of Macedonia, representatives of 17 NGO and governmental organizations from (FYR) of Macedonia, Greece, Albania and Kosovo discussed different problems of water management in the Balkan region.
During the conference, it became clear that there is a lack of knowledge and awareness about water problems and water resources management in the local societies and among the NGOs operating in FYR of Macedonia. However, since the country is going to ratify the Protocol on Water and Health of the Water Convention, the situation is expected to improve.
The following challenges of water management were formulated during the conference:
- There are only few Balkan NGOs working on water issues.
- Balkan countries have access to safe drinking water. Over 90% of (FYR) of Macedonia and Greece have access to safe drinking water. Access in Albania and Kosovo is also improving.
- Problems with inadequate sanitation in rural areas and a general lack of a culture of hygiene.
- Newer diseases should be recognized and combatted, such as West Nile Virus and Malaria in Greece.
- Harnessing hydro power and trans-national water management is important since most sources of fresh water run through neighbouring countries. The Drin dialogue is a good-practice example of trans-national management between (FYR) of Macedonia and Albania.
- Plans to develop tourism areas around Lake Ohrid have been stopped due to its protected status by the UNESCO
You can read the full report here.
Sustainable Technologies vital and needed for Rural Areas the Balkan Region
Closing the loop central theme of final conference of the project “Dry toilets Reducing chemicals and contamination of drinking water sources in rural communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia and Albania“
Ekoforum Zenica and WECF organised training and presentation on 'EcoSan: Reducing chemicals and pollution of drinking water sources in rural communities'
Eco Forum Zenica, in partnership with WECF International, Journalists for Human Rights (Macedonia), Women and Development (Albania) and UNEP, work together on the construction and installation of EcoSan toilets, filters for waste water and composting help, in order to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and protect drinking water sources
Towards improved - sustainable - sanitation for rural women, men and children
National technical standards on ecosan toilets and constructed wetlands initiated by WECF for the Republic of Moldova
Why waste water is part of the Sustainable Development Goals?
SDG6 is about ensuring adequate and sustainable water supply. One of the targets is to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater
In 2016, WECF began a campaign to raise €4,000 in 30 days to install biogas toilet systems for deprived families in Uganda
Not only did WECF reach their goal of 15 toilets, but were able to raise more than €4,600 to install 17 toilets