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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- A Canadian who heads a water
management group in Mexico City won the annual $150,000 (euro124,000)
Stockholm Water Prize, organizers said.
Asit Biswas was cited for helping "foster a critical rethink"
among U.N. agencies, governments and others about how to improve the
delivery of water and sanitation services.
Biswas, who was born in India but holds Canadian citizenship,
heads the Mexico City-based Third World Centre for Water Management.
"Professor Biswas is awarded the Stockholm Water Prize for his
outstanding and multifaceted contributions to global water resource
issues, including research, education and awareness, water
management, human and international relations in both developed and
developing countries," The Stockholm International Water Institute
said in its citation.
Biswas will collect the prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf in
Stockholm in August.
The Stockholm Water Prize is awarded annually to individuals and
institutions for making a substantial contribution to the
preservation, enhancement or availability of the world's water
First awarded in 1991, the prize was founded by several companies,
including Fujitsu Siemens, General Motors Corp., Swedish Railways and
the Water Environment Federation.
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