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Kyoto World Water Grand Prize 2022: Winner decided!

Overview of the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize
The Kyoto World Water Grand Prize (“the Grand Prize”) is the prestige international award that recognizes grass-roots organizations of developing countries for their outstanding accomplishment in solving water issues to encourage the development of grass-roots activities. The Grand Prize was established in 2003 by the City of Kyoto and the World Water Council in commemoration of the 3rd World Water Forum held in the Lake Biwa and Yodo River Basin including Kyoto, Japan. Since then, the Grand Prize has been awarded at the time of the World Water Forum that is convened every three years. Since 2015, the Japan Water Forum has joined the organizers of the Grand Prize.

Overview of the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize 2022

In line with Kyoto’s tradition of “harmony between tradition and innovation,” the screening process this time was based on whether the activities are sustainable and contribute to “culture” and “community.

After careful screening of the applications by the prize committee, Pragati is selected as the winner of the Grand Prize 2022 in recognition of its efforts to use natural energy to not only solve water problems but also reduce environmental impact. Pragati will receive the prize money of JPY2,000,000 at the closing ceremony of the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal.

  • Application period: 7 September, 2020 to 30 April, 2021
  • Number of the Applicants: 50 applicants from 23 countries
  • Winner organization: Pragati, Koraput District, Odisha State, India
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  • Prize money: 2,000,000 JPY (approximately 18,000 USD)
  • Sponsor companies
Gold SponsorCB,Ltd
Sponsor SHIMADZU CORPORATION, TOKEN C.E.E. Consultants Co., Ltd
SAKUSEN KOGYO CO.,LTD (random order)

Project Sites

Solar powered irrigation has made it possible to grow vegetables and grains in the semi-arid region.

Water is pumped by solar power from a reservoir and distributed to cultivated fields.

We deeply appreciate sponsor companies’, juries’ of the prize committee and all applicants’ kind support, understanding and interest. Thank you.

(Reported by Reiko Yoshii, Manager)

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