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International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management

The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is an internationally recognised prize acknowledging leadership in the implementation of the principles of sustainability in watershed management. Every year US$150,000 is awarded by an international jury to either one, or across several, projects. The award is a result of Swiss Re's commitment to water protection projects in the face of a grave need for sustainable access to clean water supplies in developing and emerging countries.

The ReSource Award acknowledges initiatives which are dedicated to raising public awareness of the ecological, social and economic significance of water sources and watersheds in developing and emerging countries.

Prize money totalling US$150,000 will be allocated either in total to one project, or distributed across several projects.

Entries should aim to ensure that water will remain a readily available, clean resource in the future. Prize money is awarded strictly for project implementation activities.

The award is aimed at projects which genuinely seek to contribute to raising awareness of the ecological, social and economic significance of water sources and watersheds in developing and emerging countries. Currently, only projects that are to be implemented in non-OECD countries are being considered.

Those projects which demonstrate innovative preventative measures for protecting water resources – i.e. projects with a pioneering character in the local context (cultural, institutional or technological), and those which involve local community and/or regional institutions – will be preferred. Such projects should be based on transferable concepts and thus enable sustained efforts to be made to protect the quality and availability of potable water in other locations.

NGOs, private, scientific or public institutions and similar bodies are invited to participate in the tender for the ReSource Award. Projects involving more than one institution (e.g. public-private partnerships) are also eligible for the award. Bodies with strong links to the local communities of regions where water sources are located are particularly encouraged to participate. However, participants may not submit more than one project each year. In order to qualify, participants are asked to provide a proven track record in sustainability and project planning and/or management in the specific field of water and source management.
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