Access to water supply and sanitation is a fundamental human need. Water is vital for the wellbeing and health of men and nature, yet it is an increasingly threatened resource. The growing pollution of global water reserves and more widespread water scarcity due to human activities, an increasing world population with a greater demand for water, and climate change will create major threats to food production, human health, the natural environment and economic development at a global level.
The International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management was launched by Swiss Re in 2002. It expresses the company's commitment to planning, evaluating and realisation of water-related projects and aims to promote awareness and the efficient use of this precious resource.
The International ReSource Award is worth USD 150 000 in total and is granted to one or several projects selected by an international jury. The ReSource Award is an internationally recognised prize for leadership in implementing the principles of sustainability in watershed management. It is conferred annually. The prize money is awarded exclusively for project implementation activities and not for building up or strengthening the organisations that are submitting an application.
The submission deadline for the ReSource Award 2011 is 30 April 2010. The decision on the winner(s) will be taken on 29 October 2010. The award cerimony will take place around or at the World Water Day, i.e. on 22 March 2011
The "Application Guidelines" are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Mandarin Chinese. All information on this year's award, including including conditions for entry, expected deliverables and the application form, as well as the publication produced at the award's 5th anniversary can be downloaded from Swiss Re website.