Building Neighbourhood Learning Facility for Water Experts


Currently Belarusian wastewater treatment (WWT) sector is facing a critical period of changes. Technological development is taking a huge step forward as the technical up-grading of the old wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) is starting. The old process of WWTPs, originating from the soviet times, is not feasible for treatment of nutrients (phosphorous and nitrogen), which are causing eutrophication of the Baltic Sea. To tackle eutrophication, the first phosphorous removal systems in Belarus are currently being installed in several municipal WTTPs.

Lifelong learning of stakeholders working in wastewater sector and exchange of experiences are needed when the investment schemes on new technology are taken into operation in Belarusian municipalities.


Council of the Baltic Sea States, CBSS Expert Group on Sustainable Development, Baltic 21 supported by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment


  • Evaluation of the German “Neighbourhoods” concept to adjust it to Belarusian conditions
  • Introducing the German “Neighbourhoods”  concept in Belarus by organising one pilot event in Vitebsk, Belarus
  • Start developing Belarusian “Neighbourhoods”  concept  by preparing the framework paper for Belarusian “Neighbourhoods” concept

Exchange of experiences and launching the development of Belarusian lifelong-learning concept for wastewater management sector and so support e.g. the capacity and competence building and sustainability of the investments on new technology.

2014 to 2015



24 840€