The project “CO-WANDA”
nvention for WA
ste Management for Inland N
avigation on the Da
nube) was co-funded within the fourth call of the EU South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Program.
Implementation of the project began on 01 October 2012
. Based on the conclusions of the completed three-year project "WANDA"
main goal of "CO-WANDA" initiative was the preparation of draft International Convention for ship waste management which would include all Danube countries. Experts gathered in the project Consortium (from 9 Danubian countries
) during the 24 months
of project implementation have conducted a number of activities which have created conditions for the establishment of a modern system of cross-border ship waste management in the whole stream of the Danube River.
The situation in the field of ship waste management is diverse in different Danube countries - from developed infrastructure to its complete absence. Therefore, one of the key points of the "CO-WANDA"
was improvement of the existing capacities for ship waste management. Working closely with collecting ship waste operators, practice experience were exchanged. That way, adequate measures are identified in accordance with user needs.
In addition, the project offers suggestions for infrastructure development concept which serve as the basis for the establishment of adequate modern network centers for accepting ship waste along entire Danube, reducing the risk of improper disposal of waste and contribute to the protection of the ecosystem of the Danube.
Pilot test was conducted, with the aim of collecting data and the practical experience necessary for further analysis and monitoring. Special attention was given to the inclusion of waterways users such as shipping companies and operators in the pilot tests.
Vessels which were involved in the "CO-WANDA"
pilot tests were equipped with free vignettes with which they are able to carry out disposal of oily and greasy waste in certain centers for the acceptance of waste. That way, the potential use of vignettes for future financing model for ship waste management was tested. In addition, River Information Services (RIS), which have strong potential to support the ship's waste disposal operations was tested for this purpose.
Consortium that has implemented the project consisted of 11 partners
in the field of inland navigation, maintenance and development of navigable waterways, as well as scientific research, which provided a balanced combination of management for port, waterway administrations, regional administrations and institutes. Improvement the quality of project activities was achieved through involvement of observers on the project (the Danube Commission
, the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
, the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine
, the International Commission for the Sava River Basin
, etc.), which with experiences have exchanged and advisory activities in the area of internal navigation and protection of the environment, have contributed to the successful implementation of the project.
The aim of the project was contribution to the protection of sensitive eco-system
of the Danube River.
The project was completed in September 2014.
The final conference of the CO-WANDA project took place on 09 September 2014
in Budapest. The conference, which brought together over 100 participants from all Danube countries
, presented the results of two years cooperation of 12
partners from 10
Danube countries in the analysis, promotion, coordination and harmonization of procedures for ship waste management along the Danube.
For detailed information on Plovput’s participation in project CO-WANDA please contact our coordinator:
M.Sc Ivan Mitrovic
+381 11 30 29 842