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The 2020 Stockholm Water Prize, a world-leading award for outstanding achievements in water-related activities, honours individuals and organisations who have contributed in a significant way to the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources and whose impact have benefited humanity and the earth’s ecosystems. The main achievements of the candidate should be within 1 or both of the following categories:

  • Policy and Practices. Policy and Practices cover achievements in the continuum from political initiatives to practical implementation that have improved the governance and management of water, as a natural and economic resource and/or as a human right and basic service. The category includes: human rights, conflict resolution, influence on policies, international cooperation with application in the water sector; sustainable and safe management of water resources; provision of water supply and sanitation services; and development and application of appropriate technologies.
  • Research. Research covers both basic and applied research to develop new knowledge of and scientific leadership in: natural, physical, and/or technological processes; the functioning of complex systems; and the development or improvement of economical, legislative, institutional or administrative principles for efficient, equitable and sustainable water management and service provision.


The Stockholm Water Prize consists of a US$150,000 award and a specially designed sculpture. He or she will receive the prize from His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, at the prize ceremony and Royal Banquet to be held at the Stockholm City Hall as part of the World Water Week in Stockholm. The winner has the privilege of presenting a lecture during the Opening Plenary of the World Water Week.


Eligible nominees are individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and protection of the world’s water resources and to improved health of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems. The achievements can be within the fields of science, technology, education, public policy, or practice related to sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources. The work of the candidate should have proven impact and/or great potential.

Nominees can be from any country, so long as they are involved in water-related activities, and can be from various professions and scientific disciplines. Nominations of female candidates are particularly encouraged. Self nominations are not accepted.

For both categories, great achievements in outreach and awareness raising are considered merits. This includes education and training of students, water professionals or communities as well as dissemination of information to and awareness raising of decision-makers and the general public.


Nominations are to be done online by 30 September 2019.

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