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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 across several project being implemented in non-OECD countries.
The award is an initiative of the Swiss Re Foundation committed to support water protection projects for sustainable access to clean water supplies in developing and emerging countries. Recent winning projects have supported communities in such diverse locations as Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands, China andGuatemala. Projects must be implemented in a non-OECD countries only.
Focus Countries: non-OECD countries
Prize money totalling US$150,000 will be allocated either in total to one project, or distributed across several projects.
The project must
- Contribute to raising awareness of the ecological, social and economic significance of water sources and watersheds in developing and emerging countries.
- Preference will be given to those projects which demonstrate innovative approaches to effective adaptation to the expected regional consequences of climate change harming the watershed and allow scaling up on a self-sustaining basis.
- Such projects should be based on transferable concepts and thus enable sustained efforts to be made to protect the quality and availability of (drinking) water in other locations.
- The project must commence no later than 2015.
The submitted projects will be assessed along the following areas:
- Impact: What is the expected impact of the project in the ecological, economic and social dimension?
- Innovation: What innovative approaches are planned that allow effective adaptation to the expected regional consequences of climate change harming the watershed?
- Local involvement: To what extent are the local community and regional institutions involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project?
- Feasibility and governance: feasibility of the project’s implementation and the governance structures which will be in place.
- Financial structure: detailed breakdown of the financial structure of the project, including donations, in-kind contributions, and long-term economic viability.
- NGOs, private, scientific or public institutions and similar bodies are invited to participate in the tender for the International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management.
- Projects comprising 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.
- Participants cannot submit more than one project each year.
- Applicant must have a proven track record in sustainability and project planning and/or management in the specific field of water and source management.
- The prize is not for building-up or strengthening the organizations that are submitting an application.
- Eligible applicant can submit short proposal (Application form) online or via email.
- Selected ones will then be invited to submit a full proposal (extended application form online).