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 1st Sustainable Water Management Conference NMK

Tuesday, 3rd December 2019, 13:30 – 16:30



Target groups: Local government units and water utilities, country and regional government units, consultants and engineers, investors and lawyers, governmental and international institutions, private sector stakeholders, NGOs, academics, media
Background: Water is an essential good for life but also the basis for economic development of a society. In major part of the Western Balkans region the water sector suffers from obsolete infrastructure and in the waste water sector there is a significant lack of infrastructure.
The accession to the EU of the countries of the region (recently realised or still planned) requires modernisation and upgrading of the infrastructure mainly in the waste water sector in order to reach EU standards. Financial issue can be solved by using available donor funds, but only by adapting to donors` expectations respect to organisational and managerial reforms in the public utility sector
Description and aim of the event: The conference will open dialogues on technically available solutions, implementation goals and lessons-learnt in the past by gathering international and regional experts to exchange practical experiences. Different water treatment technologies, software support tools and approaches to project development and implementation will be presented by leading experts of the sector

Conference program

13:00 Registration
13:30 Welcome by organizer
Ms. Dragana Pavlovic -REECO International, Senior PR & Conference Manager

Key note speech

Mr. Jani Makraduli – Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning
Mr. Nicola Bertolini – Delegation of the European Union, Head of Cooperation

Introduction by moderator
Mr. Prof. Petko Pelivanoski, PhD
Association for Treatment of Water and Wastewater

National water management policy and EU Water Framework Directive

14:05 Water Management Strategy of the Republic of Macedonia
Ms. Ljupka Dimovska Zajkov – Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, Deputy Head of Water Department
14:20 Tender procedure: lowest price or combined evaluation? Contracting with FIDIC conditions and local regulations. Red or Yellow FIDIC? – advantages and disadvantages.
Mr. Krasimir Lozanchev – SWECO, Bulgaria
14:40 Break

Market development and international financial and technical support in water sector

14:50 Overview of constracted WWTPs and planned projects in North Macedonia (Radovish, Strumica, Kichevo, Kochani)
Mr. Prof. Petko Pelivanoski, PhD – Association for Water Treatment (ATW MK), President
15:05 Skopje Wastewater Project GrCF2 W2 financed by EBRD
Ms. Lindita Sakiri – PC Water-supply and sewerage, Skopje, Assistant General Manager for Technical Issues
15:20 Wastewater treatment plant in Gevgelija Municipality
Mr. Zlatko Zumrov – PC Komunalac Gevgelija, Director

Available technologies and practical tools for comunal services improvement

15:35 Unique in the region – Water service regulatory authority since 2016. Practice and results.
Ms. Andrijana Nelkova-Chuchuk – Energy and Water Service Regulatory Commission of North Macedonia, Member of Commission
15:50 Reffeorming of the water supply services in North Macedonia. Achievements and future developments.
Mr. Jane Vrteski – ADKOM Consultant
16:05 Natural solutions for Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Management
Ms. Alenka Mubi Zalaznik, M.Sci. – Limnos Ltd, Slovenia
16:20 Closing remarks

Conference partner:

Association for Treatment of Water and Wastewater

Language: Macedonian
Fee: Free of charge

Please, note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the conference.

If you have any comments or questions directly to the programme, please contact Dragana Pavlovic, (Senior Conference Manager,