Last call for nominations for the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) is urging water industry experts to nominate individuals or organisations for the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize before the 15 September deadline.

The annual prize rewards individuals and businesses that have made a significant contribution to the world’s water resources through sustainable water management, minimising water wastage, consumption and environmental impact.

Presented each year in a royal prize ceremony at the Stockholm City Hall during World Water Week, this year’s prize is $150,000 and a crystal sculpture.

Under the terms of competition, any individual or organisation that has contributed to the availability, conservation and protection of the world’s water resources, or improved water conditions which contributed to the health of the earth’s ecosystems, is eligible to be nominated. This year’s categories include: outreach and awareness raising, policy and practices and research.

The 2011 Stockholm Water Prize winner was Stephen R. Carpenter, a professor of zoology and limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA for his research on lake ecosystems. His findings have since formed the basis for new solutions on how to manage lakes.

Professor Carpenter said: “I am thrilled. Many great people have received the prize over the years, and there are many others whose work is worth rewarding. It is a great honour to be selected. The prize will increase my resolve and sense of obligation to work on emerging issues of freshwater, such as climate change and the connections of food and water security.”

Meanwhile, Nestle was crowned the winner of the 2011 Stockholm Industry Water Award, which rewards businesses, in recognition of its work to improve water management and performance within its operations.

Speaking at this year’s event on 24 August, Nestle’s chairman, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, said he was “grateful” for the recognition, and added: “We have identified water as the biggest challenge for future food security, and beyond that, for economic growth. This is probably the most prestigious award in this area for a company – and it will be a strong encouragement for us to continue with our efforts.”

As part of the competition, an independent award committee of leading professionals and academics of water sciences will review all submissions before selecting the winner by an open nomination process.

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Carys Matthews

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