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The 2nd International Capacity Development Workshop was organized in the framework of the IWAMA project in Boltenhagen, Germany on 14–15 February 2017. The event took place in the picturesque resort on the Baltic Sea shore, and it featured two days of intensive knowledge sharing and networking.

During the first day, experts from the universities of Germany and Austria introduced their presentations on energy trends in the wastewater treatment sphere. Different aspects were brought up in the first half of the day: digestion process, addressing the surplus sludge, operating conditions. Later, selected case studies from WWTPs in the region presented their excellence in energy management. PDF presentations from the workshop can be found in the event materials.

The Baltic Sea Challenge presented updates on the commitments from the IWAMA partners. Since the previous workshop, where the network introduced guidelines on how to make a commitment, great results have already been achieved: partners invite new stakeholders to the Challenge initiative and launch their own planned projects.

The organizers of the workshop also planned a site visit to the local plant in Grevesmuhlen situated 20km from where the event was taking place. Visiting plants is a great way of sharing practical knowledge, and an opportunity to find implemented solutions that can be replicated in other places.

As always, topics raised during the workshop stimulated discussions and networking both during the organized programme and in the free time.