IWRA Announced the Winners of the Ven Te Chow Memorial Award and Lecture, and the 2015 Best Paper.
VEN TE CHOW MEMORIAL AWARD AND LECTURE
2015 BEST PAPER
Certificates were given to the winning authors’ representatives at IWRA’s XVI World Water Congress, held in Cancun, Mexico, from May 29th to June 3rd, 2017.
From the 2015 issues we had one best paper, and one paper that deserved honorable mention.
BEST PAPER AWARDEE
Mirja Kattelus, Matti Kummu, Marko Keskinen, Aura Salmivaara & Olli Varis
An overview is presented of the contemporary societal and environmental development situation in the six major transboundary river basins that drain south from China: the Red River, Mekong, Salween, Irrawaddy, Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Indus. The overall societal and environmental vulnerability of the basins is assessed using multidimensional river basin vulnerability analysis. The analysis shows that while China has a fairly low level of vulnerability in these basins, its downstream influence is substantial. This setting offers a plethora of opportunities for transboundary cooperation and calls for a high level of responsibility from the upstream riparian countries.
This paper is a product of the Water and Development Research Group (WDRG) at Aalto University, Finland. Mirja Kattelus is Junior Professional Expert, Water Services Trust Fund, Nairobi, Kenya, and a newly minted (2017) D.Sc. from the university. Matti Kummu is Assistant Professor at Aalto. Marko Keskinen is University Lecturer and researcher there. Aura Salmivaara is a post-doctoral researcher at the Natural Resources Institute Finland. Olli Varis, a former IWRA Vice-President, is Vice Dean and Professor at Aalto University, and Leader of the WDRG.