The Roundtable of Water Utility Associations convened in Vienna on 27-28 October 2016. The focus of the meeting was the final establishment of the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP). Ten representatives of water utility associations as well as the team of the Danube Water Program, and GIZ, reviewed the final drafts of the D-LeaP Governance Documents, included comments and proposed final changes. Furthermore, the state of D-LeaP offerings was presented and potential hubs declared their interest in one or more of the offerings. The Technical Partners for the Commercial Efficiency (Valu Add) and Energy Efficiency (Econoler) programs have been selected following the meeting and the development of the curriculum of these topics has begun.
IAWD has played a central role over the past two years in bringing Water Utility Associations from the Danube region together to discuss topics of common interest. The most recent meeting of this "Roundtable of Water Utility Associations" took place in Vienna on October 27-28, 2016. The focus of the meeting was the establishment of the Danube Learning Partnership (D-LeaP) which the Roundtable of Associations has been promoting since its first meeting in September 2013. Ten representatives of water utility associations as well as the team of the Danube Water Program, and GIZ, reviewed the final drafts of the D-LeaP Governance Documents, and provide comments and final changes to the documents. IAWD is playing a central role in facilitating the formation of the Danube Learning Partnership and the meeting confirmed the commitment of the Associations to use cooperate with IAWD in this initiative. As an expression of commitment many of the Associations expressed their desire to join IAWD as Extraordinatry members.
The first of these - OVGW and the Hungarian Utility Association MAVAZ have already done so with more expected shortly.