"We are launching the Water ChangeMaker Awards together with about 20 partner organizations at a time of global pain and uncertainty," said GWP Executive Secretary Monika Weber-Fahr. "The world is fighting a health crisis, and the economic future of many people is at risk. Both need the attention of governments, businesses, and citizens around the world."
James Dalton, Director for Water at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one of the ChangeMaker partner organizations, said, "Now more than ever, smart decisions are needed on how we use and safeguard water and how we protect ourselves from water-related hazards, such as floods and droughts as climate change continues."
"In the midst of the crisis, we are therefore strengthening our support to those that have stories of success to share. This is why we are launching with our partners the Water ChangeMaker Awards," added Weber-Fahr.
The purpose of the ChangeMaker Awards is to make visible the teams and organizations who shape water decisions that build climate resilience and are meant to stimulate:
- Recognition: of organizations and individuals that manage water in a climate resilient way;
- Solutions: to help water practitioners address their water management challenges;
- Collaboration: to promote and build a broader learning community.
Submissions begin on March 30, 2020 and can be done in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, and Chinese. The submissions will be reviewed by an internationally recruited, independent jury led by water experts supported by the GWP Technical Committee. Winners will be announced including semi-finalists, finalists, and an overall winner. The Awards Ceremony will take place in the context of a climate-oriented event where winners will have special access to leaders in the climate community and become part of a learning cohort. In addition, winning entries will be featured in a publication to be launched in 2021.
Further information can be found here and here.
Source: Global Water Partnership