Stockholm Water Prize

The world’s most prestigious water award, Stockholm Water Prize, honours women, men and organizations whose work contributes to the conservation and protection of water resources, and to the well-being of the planet and its inhabitants. All who have made extraordinary water-related achievements are eligible.



A prize ceremony and Royal Banquet is held at the Stockholm City Hall as part of the World Water Week in Stockholm. During the ceremony, the Laureate accepts the prize from the hands of His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, patron of the prize,

The Laureate receives global acknowledgement and visibility, a specially designed sculpture, and USD 150,000. He or she also has the privilege of presenting a lecture during the Opening Plenary of the World Water Week in Stockholm.

Over the years, Stockholm Water Prize Laureates have represented a broad range of water-related activities, professions and scientific disciplines from all over the world. Read more about their accomplishments here.

The Stockholm Water Prize Committee carefully reviews all nominations and recommends a Laureate to the Board of the Stockholm International Water Institute, which makes the final decision. The Laureate is announced each March, usually in conjunction with the UN World Water Day.

Stockholm Water Prize was founded by the Stockholm Water Foundation, and is supported by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the International Water Association, the Water Environment Federation and the City of Stockholm. The Founders of the Stockholm Water Prize are united in their conviction towards a water wise world.


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