Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum among the finalists of the Kyoto Prize World Water Grand Prize, 2009

Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum application for the prize titled “Water and Food Security for Tsunami Effected Households in the Eastern and Southern Province of Sri Lanka through Introduction of Rain Water Harvesting and Home gardening Technology”, was selected to be  one of the finalists for the Prize.

Subtitled “Contributing to the Millennium Development Goals through grassroots initiatives” this  Prize, created in 2003 during the 3rd World Water Forum, aims to honour a distinguished individual or organization whose grassroots-level activities work towards addressing critical water needs of communities and regions. It also aims to provide the opportunity for grassroots organizations to present their work on the global scale, as a contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and other global targets.

This prize of JP ¥3,000,000 (or approximately US$28,000) is presented every three years during the World Water Forum. The prize money is used by the winner or winning organization to continue the award-winning exercise or similar ones.

Just as important as the prize money was the opportunity to provide the platform for 30 presentations of excellent grassroots initiatives during the Forum.

There were 11 finalists in total, all of whom compete for the prize in front of a 12-person Panel of Judges, on March 21st 2009. Tanuja Ariyananda, Director of LRWHF made a presentation for the Kyoto World Water Grand prize at the World Water Forum, Istanbul, Turkey on the 21st of March.

Presentation available at: http://content.worldwaterforum5.org/files/Prizes/KyotoPrizePresentations/

A number of candidates are also funded to attend the Forum and present their initiatives through the Prize. The first edition of the prize was awarded at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico in March 2006, was awarded to Gram Vikas, an NGO from India, who was selected from 30 sponsored candidates. The second edition of the Prize was awarded at the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey in March 2009.

See news item of the forum website available at: http://www.worldwaterforum5.org/index.php?id=1899&L=0

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