Naomi Park of the United States received the prestigious Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2023 for her research on the removal of carbon dioxide and oil products from the ocean.
The award was presented to the winner by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden during a celebration of World Water Week in Stockholm.
- According to research, the sea absorbs about a third of airborne carbon dioxide emissions, and 1.3 million gallons of crude oil spill into the oceans every year.
- Both issues are having detrimental effects on marine biodiversity and human health. In her research, Naomi Park has developed a method to remove these contaminants simultaneously. For this research, he has been declared the winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
Stockholm Junior Water Prize:
- For this, an international competition is organised where students aged 15 to 20 years present solutions to major water challenges.
- Turkey's Ayse Pelin Dedeler was awarded the Diploma of Excellence for her study on how to capture microplastics with magnetic nano-adsorbents and remove them from water using strong magnets.
People's Choice Award
- Awarded to Mexico's Fernando de Silva Hernandez and Carlos Arquizio.
- The Stockholm Junior Water Prize has been organised annually since 1997 by the Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI.
World Water Week:
- World Water Week has been organised every year since 1991 by the Stockholm International Water Institute. It is the leading global water conference, advocating cooperation across all sectors and national boundaries.
- Tackling the biggest challenges of our time often starts with water.
- Here you can discuss a wide range of topics from food safety and health to agriculture, technology, biodiversity and the climate crisis. Each year has its own theme which is decided from many different perspectives.
- World Water Week is organised every year from 23 August to 1 September. World Water Week is an annual event organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) since 1991 to address concerns related to global water issues and international development.
- The theme for the year 2023 is 'Seed of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Water-Wise World'.
- During this week, experts discuss programs focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 6. Sustainable Development Goal 6 is dedicated to ensuring access to water for all.
- The world famous Stockholm Water Prize is also awarded during World Water Week. The award is presented by the Stockholm International Water Institute.
- The award winner is announced on World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March. In the year 2022, the award was received by Wilfred Brutsaert.
STOCKHOLM WATER WEEK INDIAN PARTICIPATION:
- G Ashok Kumar, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) chaired the online session on 'Collaborative Networking for Integrated River Basin Planning and Management' at Stockholm Water Week on 21 August 2023.
- More than 160 people participated in this session. G Ashok Kumar, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, also participated in a session on 'Water Quality Management: Lessons Learned from India' on the inaugural day of Stockholm Water Week on 20th August.
- There was an interactive discussion on adoption of the river basin management approach.
- According to the Director General of NMCG, the Namami Gange project is focused on five important pillars – Nirmal Ganga (pollution-free river), Aviral Ganga (unrestricted flow), Jan Ganga (people's participation), Gyan Ganga (knowledge and research-based activities) and Artha Ganga. (Connect through the bridge of the man-river economy).