Stockholm Water Prize


The world’s most prestigious water award

First presented in 1991, Stockholm Water Prize is the world’s most prominent award for outstanding achievements in water-related activities.

The prize honours individuals or organisations whose work contributes broadly to the conservation and protection of water resources and to improved well-being of the planet’s inhabitants and ecosystems. Any water-related activities are eligible.

Stockholm Water Prize consists of a USD 150,000 award and a crystal sculpture specially designed by Orrefors, and provides the Laureates and their work with global acknowledgement and visibility.

The Laureate receives the prize at the Royal Stockholm Water Prize Ceremony and Banquet in Stockholm City Hall during World Water Week and is also given the privilege to hold a Laureate Lecture during the Opening Plenary of the World Water Week.

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

His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, is the patron of the Stockholm Water Prize.


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. To get a full overview of their accomplishments, please visit the Laureates page.

Founders, Partners and Supporters of the Prize

Stockholm Water Prize was initially founded by the Stockholm Water Foundation, and is additionally supported by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the International Water Association, the Water Environment Federation and the City of Stockholm. The Stockholm Water Prize founders, partners and supporters are united in their conviction to push sustainability in the water sector.







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