Grass roots engaged in water needs of Slovak communities

Posted: 2010-01-01

GWP Slovakia has been introducing the IWRM approach to the Association of Municipalities, using the guide Sustainable Sanitation in Central and Eastern Europe prepared by GWP Central and Eastern Europe as a key resource.

The guide shows how municipalities can develop water and sanitation services in small communities that are often overlooked by government and the private sector. One municipality, Richnava, commissioned GWP Slovakia to do a study on wastewater, the first time any Slovakian municipality had examined options using independent experts. Although the municipality has not been able to act on any of the recommendations because of issues such as property rights, the study did kick off discussions on ways to remove these barriers. Not least, the bottom-up approach advocated by GWP has set a clear precedent for involving citizens in decision making in the future.

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