New international water award in memory of Moroccan king calls for entries

Nominations are open for the inaugural King Hassan II Great World Water Prize, an international award established as a joint initiative by the World Water Council (WWC) and the Government of Morocco to encourage cooperation and sound management in the development and use of water resources.

This award, created in March 2000 in memory of His Late Majesty Hassan II of Morocco who had a renowned interest in water problems, is aimed to serve as a political tool to stimulate awareness and reflection on water issues. The Prize is to be awarded to an individual, group of individuals, institution or organization in honour of a recent and outstanding achievement in any aspects of water resources such as scientific, technical, environmental, economic, social, institutional, cultural or political. Candidates must be nominated by any water-related organization, with winners decided on by the WWC.

The WWC is an international water policy think tank with a number of objectives such as providing advice and information on water issues, identifying critical water issues and raising awareness about these problems.

The award, which amounts to US$100,000 as well as a trophy and a certificate, is presented every three years in conjunction with the World Water Forum (WWF). The Prize will be presented for the first time at the 2003 WWF, on the theme “co-operation and solidarity in the fields of management and development in water resources.”

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