Since its creation, IWRA recognises the contributions towards water management and the excellence of water researchers, professionals and organisations. IWRA presents 5 main awards.
Crystal Drop Award
For individuals or organisations in recognition of their laudable contribution to the improvement of the world’s water situation. The Crystal Drop Award is awarded once every three years and presented at the IWRA World Water Congress organized by IWRA.
The 2017 recipients of the Crystal Drop Award were Hilda Cecilia Tortajada Quiroz and Salman M. A. Salman.
They both received this award during the XVI World Water Congress in Cancun, Mexico.
2015: Vijay P. Singh
2011: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
2008: Mahmoud Abu-Zeid
2005: Malin Falkenmark
2003: Benedito Braga
2000: Yutaka Takahasi
1997: Rotary International
1994: Asit K. Biswas
1991: Yahia Abdel Mageed
1988: UNEP and its Executive Director Dr. Mostafa Kamal (joint award)
Ven Te Chow Memorial Award and Lecture
IWRA has established a Chow Memorial Lecture program to honor its first president as well as provide for an outstanding lecture, to be delivered at its triennial World Water Congresses.
IWRA has offered the Ven Te Chow Memorial Award and Lecture since 1988 in the name of the great hydrologist who was also the Association’s founder and first president. The award in 2017 went, fittingly, to one of the great internationally recognized water engineer-hydrologists of our era, Professor V. P. Singh, Distinguished Professor and Caroline and William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water Engineering at Texas A & M University. Prof. Singh has published nearly 900 journal articles; 25 textbooks; 57 edited books; and 104 book chapters in the area of hydrology and water resources. He has received more than 70 national and international awards, including the IWRA Crystal Drop in 2015. His work is on the cutting edge of innovative research. His lecture on “Challenges in meeting water security and resilience” is appropriately timely and critical.
2015: Rabi Mohtar
2011: Peter H. Gleick
2008: John Pigram
2005: Benedito Braga
2003: Asit K. Biswas
2000: Janusz Kindler
1997: Glenn E. Stout
1996: Ben Chie Yen
1994: Andras Szollosi-Nagy
1991: Malin Falkenmark
1988: Vujica M. Yevjevich
Water International Best Paper Award
The Best Paper Award and honourable mention are awarded by year to author(s) based on the originality, innovation, technical quality, and contribution to water resources management of an article appearing in Water International.
IWRA awardees during the XVI World Water Congress in Cancun, on Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Water Drop Award
The Water Drop Award, given since 2020, recognises a student or early career professional, typically under age 35, who has made an innovative contribution to the water sector. These contributions may include, but are not limited to:
– Ground breaking recent research on water issues
– Entrepreneurship in the water sector
– Raising the profile of younger people in the water sector
Other Special Awards
Institutions that are responsible for water resources management are the frontline for delivering this precious resource for the people and for ensuring the protection of the environment. Faced with constantly changing needs and pressures, the provision of good water management means the integration of sound knowledge and good science with appropriate policies and efficient implementation. This award seeks to recognise regional, national or local institutions that have exhibited sustained excellence in water resources management. The award seeks to share and promote the associated experiences and knowledge with other organisations, scientists and water professionals around the world to improve sustainable and equitable water management.
The award was given during the awards ceremony held during the IWRA World Water Congress. It was in the form of a special plaque with a certificate and presented to the representative of the awarded institution.
XV World Water Congress Special Award for Excellence in Water Resources Management
The special award was presented at the XV World Water Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. There were two awardees: