Monday, March 22, 2010

Water Champion Awardees listed

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First Annual Water Champion Awardees Announced
In honor of the United Nations' World Water Day, the World Water Monitoring Day™ program is pleased to announce the recipients of the first annual Water Champion awards. The Water Champion awards recognize superior levels of relevance, educational effort, support, and innovation in the promotion of water quality via involvement in World Water Monitoring Day.
Today the program honors the outstanding efforts of seven organizations and five individual participants for outreach conducted in 2009. Award recipients by geographical region are as follows:
Community Centred Conservation (C3)
Madagascar and Indian Ocean Islands Programme

C3 collaborated with local communities to conduct WWMD events at three coastal village locations in the Comoros and two coastal village locations in Madagascar. Click here to learn more.
Mr. Neakoh Mengyi
Mr. Mengyi coordinated 14 monitoring events in both the Ndonga Mantung and the Bui divisions of the North West Region, Republic of Cameroon. Click here to learn more.
National Environmental Education and Research Foundation
NEER organized a two-day seminar for water quality stakeholders, donated test kits, and participated in monitoring activities that touched an estimated 700 schoolchildren in Western Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, India. Click here to learn more.
Mr. Kalaimani Supramaniam
Mr. Supramaniam launched a large-scale campaign throughout Malaysia. With support from the state government of Kedah and local civic groups, his efforts touched over 50,000 people in 2009.Click here to learn more.
Wollondilly Anglican College
WAC students conduct routine montoring of two sites along the Bargo River near their school in New South Wales, Australia. The group reports data collected to the local Streamwatch program.Click here to learn more.
Apa Canal 2000
Apa Canal 2000 (Pitesti and Arges County, Romania) has incorporated WWMD into their own public outreach program, donating test kits to 28 schools and facilitating monitoring at 142 sites. Click here to learn more.
Stepanavan Youth Center
Based in the Lori Region of Armenia, SYC engaged young adults in WWMD activities through its "Water and Youth" exchange program, including participants from Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Greece, and several other European countries. Click here to learn more.
North America
Jewish National Fund
With funding support from the U.S. Forest Service, JNF engages Jewish schools in the U.S. and Israel in the WWMD program. In 2009, the organization provided kits to 64 schools, bringing the total number of students reached since 2004 to over 19,000. Click here to learn more.
Ms. Meg Tabacsko
On behalf of the New England Water Environment Association, Ms. Tabacsko has spearheaded the WWMD effort in New England (U.S.) for several years. In 2009, participation grew to involve 37 schools/groups, over 40 sites, and more than 1000 children. Click here to learn more.
South America
Escuela de Enseñanza Media N° 3007 "FIGHIERA"
The school (Sante Fe Province, Argentina) overcame shipping and scheduling obstacles to perform monitoring concurrently with groups in Spain and Sweden. Students shared their experiences through school papers and YouTube videos. Click here to learn more.
Ms. Veronica Toledo
Working as an intern for WWMD partner COPAS-AquaSendas, Ms. Toledo was instrumental in expanding the coverage of the Chilean WWMD '09 initiative, particularly in the fjord region of southern Patagonia. Click here to learn more.

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