In a bid to address the challenges facing the water sector in the Western Balkans, the 11th Balkans Joint Conference and Exhibition took place from 7th to 9th of November 2023, at the Grand Blue Fafa Resort in Golem, Albania. Organized by SHUKALB and SHUKOS, the conference aimed to accelerate change towards safe, reliable, and sustainable water services, aligning with the theme inspired by World Water Day 2023 and the UN Water Conference in March in New York City.
The conference, with an attendance of over 500 participants from the Greater Balkans Region, has solidified its position as a crucial knowledge-sharing and networking event in the water sector. Professionals, policymakers, and business experts from the water supply and wastewater sector convened to discuss pressing issues, exchange information, and share experiences to foster the development of the region’s water infrastructure.
One significant highlight of the conference was the emphasis on the use of advanced technology, specifically the EDAMS systems, to showcase the rehabilitation of infrastructure, particularly in Kosovo. EDAMS Software played a pivotal role in illustrating how regional authorities and utilities in Kosovo have made substantial progress in revamping their infrastructure for the betterment of the community.
The focus on EDAMS systems aligns with the overarching goal of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which aims to ensure access to clean water and sanitation for all. The showcased projects demonstrated how technology and innovation can be leveraged to address critical issues related to water supply and wastewater management, ultimately contributing to the advancement of the region’s water sector.
The utilization of EDAMS systems provided a comprehensive view of the rehabilitation efforts, highlighting the impact on the reliability and sustainability of water services in Kosovo. Through data-driven insights and efficient asset management, regional authorities showcased their commitment to improving infrastructure, thereby enhancing the quality of life for the local population.
The EDAMS systems served as a catalyst for fostering collaboration and accelerating positive change in the water sector, setting a precedent for future projects in the region.
As the 11th Balkans Joint Conference concluded, the shared knowledge, experiences, and success stories will contribute to the continued development of the water supply and wastewater sector in the Greater Balkans Region.