On 7 of March, the international project team celebrated the completion of WANDA (Waste management for inland Navigation on the DAnube) in the University of Vienna. An application for the following project CO-WANDA "Convention for WAste management for inland navigation on the Danube" has already been submitted and is now under evaluation.
The WANDA Project "WAste management for inland Navigation on the DAnube" was launched in 2009 to coordinate the development of the collection of ships waste along the Danube. The common goal of the riparian states was to develop common solutions for the collection and disposal of ship-generated waste.
WANDA was led by via donau project manager Harald Beutl and his team. To conclude the three-year project, all partners met in Vienna for the final event.
The agenda opened with a panel of renowned keynote guest speakers:
Following the keynote speeches, WANDA project manager Harald Beutl reviewed 3 years of successful project work and presented impressive figures that illustrated the workload within the project.
The project results of WANDA from the partners’ perspective followed. The objectives and outputs of WANDA were presented by András Munkácsy (KTI Institute for Transport Sciences), Silviu Meterna (Ports Administration on the Maritime Danube Galati) and via donau-projectmanager Hans Berger.
After a delicious lunch where the participants could get a taste of Austrian cuisine, a panel discussion moderated by Reinhard Vorderwinkler (Austrian federal Minsitry for Transport, Innovation and Technology addressed policy-related issues. The panelists, Željko Milković (International Sava River Basin Commission), Hans van der Werf (Central Commission for the navigation of the Rhine) and Ivana Tomic-Kunc (Danube Commission), gave important insights on the situation of the policy framework.
The event concluded with a round table discussion moderated by Roberta Calcina, WANDA Project Officer of the SEE Programme Joint Technical Secretariat where all 9 project partners were given the opportunity to give their impressions on the WANDA results and their hopes for the future.
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