Sept 13, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka based International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has been awarded a top Swedish prize for its work on improving water management in agriculture, food security and environmental health in developing nations. In Sri Lanka it has helped compile a national wetlands directory. Current projects in include exploring a possible link between kidney disease and water quality in North Central regions, and improving groundwater in the Jaffa peninsular.
The award was presented to IWMI chief Colin Chartres by Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustafat, IWMI said.
“Our work has had a profound influence on water management policy throughout the globe, delivering real benefits for some of the poorest people in developing countries,” Chartres said in a statement.
“I would also like to express my grateful thanks to our many and diverse partnershere in our host country Sri Lanka ministries, agencies and private sector organizations, whose contribution over the years has been vital to the receiving of this award.”
IWMI had received a 150,000 dollar prize and crystal sculpture.
The money will be used to assist scientists, particularly women, from poor countries with their career development.
IWMI is a