Nov 02, 2011

Contest Seeks Proposals for Furthering Worldwide Access to Safe Water, Improved Sanitation

Reed Elsevier launches Environmental Challenge, invites innovative project submissions

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge is seeking submissions of innovative ideas to ensure safe water and improved sanitation for communities where access is at risk. The winning project will receive a prize of $50,000, and the second place winner will receive $25,000.

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge contributes to the Water for Life Decade established by the UN General Assembly. Between 2005 and 2015, the Water for Life Decade aims to support the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the number of people without access to safe drinking water and stopping unsustainable exploitation of water resources. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 900 million people worldwide are deprived of good drinking water, while more than 2.6 billion do not have improved sanitation facilities.

Winning entries will be highlighted in Water Research, the journal of the International Water Assn. All entries should focus on increasing access to safe water and/or improved sanitation where it is presently at risk, and demonstrate that projects are replicable, scalable and sustainable; set a high benchmark for innovation; have practical applicability; address non-discrimination/equity of access; involve and impact a range of stakeholders; and have local/community-level engagement.

“The Environmental Challenge draws attention to a critical problem facing our world—access to water. By leveraging our extensive networks and environmental publishing expertise, Reed Elsevier is uniquely placed to facilitate the exchange and dissemination of information about improving access to safe and sustainable water. Our aim is to highlight projects that can really make a difference,” said Youngsuk Chi, chairman of the Elsevier Management Committee and head of government affairs for Reed Elsevier.