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. Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, is a patron of the ReSource Awards.
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 the urgent 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.
Prize money 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. Recent winning projects have supported communities in such diverse locations as Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands, China and Guatemala.
Two groups of people who are integral to the award's success (apart from the contestants) are the jury and the patrons.
The jury of the International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management comprises an independent, international panel of water experts from NGOs and governmental institutions, as well as knowledge managers from Swiss Re. You can find more information about jury members on the Jury page.
The award’s valuable contribution to watershed management is also supported by an international panel of patrons, who have kindly agreed to mobilise their worldwide networks to promote the award and its winning projects to as broad a range of interested parties as possible. To find out more about the patrons of the award, see the Patrons page.
Entries for the 2012 award will be accepted until 30 April 2011.