Stockholm Water Prize laureates for 2020 and 2021 received their awards
“Water is the basis of life. It is finite and it has no substitutes. And while this may seem obvious, we often do not use and manage water in ways that reflect this truth. We have the technical means to control water to expand human civilization, but our approach has broken the natural water cycle. Our challenge now is to replenish and repair this cycle, to work with nature rather than against it, even as we remain a prosperous society.”
Commenting on the laureates’ significance, the Chairman of the Board for Stockholm International Water Institute, Peter Forssman, said: “John Cherry and Sandra Postel have changed our understanding of freshwater problems. They have helped decision-makers to find new approaches and solutions.”
The prize was presented to the two laureates by the Swedish King H.M King Carl XVI Gustaf, who also took the opportunity to stress the importance of addressing urgent water challenges, and he spoke passionately about his engagement as Patron for Stockholm Water Prize.