SBS Eco Water Awards 2009 - call for nominations

SBS Eco Water Awards 2009
International Section (Gaia Prize)

The Korea Federation for Environmental Movements (KFEM)/Friends of Earth South Korea, Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea are presenting the second ‘SBS Eco Water Awards’ in November 2009 to those who have worked to protect water related environment in Korea and the world.

The ‘SBS Eco Water Awards’ are given in recognition of contributions of individuals, communities and institutions that conserve water related environment, and improve water resources management and water quality in a sustainable way. The award is to honor those who work to find a sustainable solution to diverse challenges related to water resources management, water quality improvement, fresh water ecosystem conservation and wetlands conservation.

Though water is essential for the survival of many forms of life, water shortage, contamination and mis-management of water sources and wetlands due to rapid population and economic growth, industrialization and urbanization are posing big threats to human and other life forms on the Earth. We think it is our own responsibility to revive the availability of clean and safe water and healthy environment for the future generations and other forms of life as well.

There are five sections in the awards including civil society, research, education and culture, business and international sections and the Gaia Prize for the international section winner will be given to anyone or institution outside of South Korea.

Award winners will be chosen by the award committee, and a TV crew from the SBS and a few youth winners of the other section of the award will pay a visit to the winner of the Gaia Prize in October to produce a TV documentary about the achievement of the winner.

The prize will be awarded at an awarding ceremony in Seoul in November 2009. And the winner of the Gaia Prize for the international section of the award will be given the prize money of 20,000 US dollars and a certificate.

KFEM is one of the first and largest environmental NGOs in South Korea and is a confederation of 50 local chapters and 5 affiliated organizations. KFEM has actively taken part in the fields of water resources management, river and wetland protection in the country.

SBS established in 1990 is a one of the largest broadcasting companies in South Korea and has one national TV channel and three radio channels in the country. It has produced public interest TV programs such as ‘Water is Life’ for the last nine years, which focuses on water related environmental issues.

The ‘SBS Eco Water Award’ was established in 2008 and the winner of the Gaia Prize, international section of the award in 2008 was the Revive Ariake Sea! Lawyers' Association in Japan which has tried hard to save and restore the tidal flat of Isahaya Bay, a coastal wetland, in Kyushu, Japan from a reclamation project.

- Nomination Deadline: August 31st, 2009
- Nomination Form and other Inquiries: please ask Mr. Ma Yong-un at KFEM ma@kfem.or.kr