AWRA IWRM AWARD: 2018 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS IS NOW OPEN!
The Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach has been a hallmark
of AWRA since its establishment in 1964. The AWRA
Policy Statement on Integrated Water Resources Management in the US
recommends that water management goals, policies, programs, and plans
be organized around the concept. AWRA is committed to helping organizations
throughout the nation and the world further the implementation of IWRM
to recognize excellence in the use of the IWRM approach, AWRA established
an award to recognize outstanding IWRM efforts.
Eligibility: IWRM planning processes, projects and programs are
eligible for the award (and hereafter described as "projects"),
though studies, technical papers, and academic research are not. Any consulting,
government, nonprofit, or academic organization may submit projects for
Criteria for Award: This award recognizes outstanding IWRM teamwork
on a complex water resources effort. The project chosen for this award
will be conducted by a team representing multiple disciplines such as
engineering, biophysical science, economics, social science, law, planning,
political science, etc. The project team will have developed a common
project mission with defined responsibilities, and collaborated to achieve
a water resources management objective organized around IWRM principles.
To that end, the project should include:
- Sustainable and community-directed economic goals
- Restoration and protection of environmental quality as an essential
element and goal
- Advancement and protection of public health and safety
- Inclusive and robust participation of community members and stakeholders
- Enhancement of social equity and community values
- Coordinated and integrated planning, development, protection, and
management of water and related resources
Projects worthy of this award should include all or most of the following
elements associated with IWRM:
- Clean water and sanitation as basic human rights
- Planning for long term sustainability
- Participatory decision making
- Sound scientific principles
- Adaptive management and realistic measurement of results.
- Improvement of instituional capacity at all levels
Use of the IWRM team approach should have resulted in significant improvements
- Quality and sustainability of solutions
- Ability to build relationships and create consensus among diverse
community members and stakeholders
- Acceptability, efficiency, and effectiveness of solutions
Not all the aforementioned elements will necessarily be present in any
given project. The IWRM Awards committee is interested in rewarding adherence
to and implementation of IWRM principles and not simply checking-off the
bullet lists above.
Procedure for Nominations: Credentials of projects for consideration
for the award should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be submitted electronically as one document and limited
to 10 Mb in size to ensure delivery. Inclusions of videos and/or other
visuals (PPTs, Prezi, etc.), podcasts, etc., are welcomed and can be made
using Dropbox, Google Docs (or other similar site) or links to a WWW site.
These items do not count against the 10Mb limit. Applications are due
electronically by 11:59 PM Eastern US Time, June 11, 2018. Please
call +1 540-687-8390 or email email@example.com
with any questions concerning the submittal process.
Material submitted must include:
- Names and disciplines of team members.
- A description of the issue/problem that was overcome by the project.
- How the project used an IWRM approach to solve/address the water resource
issue or problem, drawing from the criteria described above
- External validation, in the form of three endorsement letters from
stakeholders or community participants describing the positive value
and outcomes of their engagement with the project.
The documentation must be thorough and address the nature of the attributes
specified for the award so that the IWRM Award Committee can make valid
judgments. AWRA reserves the right to make multiple awards that recognize
and celebrate the application of IWRM principles in diverse settings and
circumstances to include large, landscape-level settings, communities,
small watersheds, etc. The award is presented annually, or at such time
as there are qualified nominees. If no suitable projects are received
in a given year AWRA reserves the right not to make an award.
Version of Call for Nominations.