An Iranian water researcher from Fars province Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center, Seyed Ahang Kowsar, recently won the world prize for `Large Artificial Rivers' at the UNESCO's Global Conference on Knowledge for Peace and Construction (November 11-12) in Budapest, Hungary, IRNA reported from Vienna.
|From UNESCO's Press Release|
|The Great Man-made River International Water Prize is awarded to Dr. Sayyed Ahang Kowsar (Iran) who has devoted his life to developing and implementing floodwater spreading and harvesting as a means of recharging aquifers and improving environmental quality. The prize is awarded in recognition of fundamental and substantial contributions to the assessment, development, management and/or use of water resources in arid and semi-arid areas. It is funded through a donation from the Government of Libya.|
According to the officials in charge of the seminar, the prize was awarded to Kowsar for his 40-year efforts and involvement in training, research and implementing projects dealing with reserving water and management of water consumption.
The biennial conference, which was arranged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and attended by more than 500 scholars and researchers from various countries.
The prize has been extended to UNESCO by Libya to be awarded to researchers who have managed to take major steps in scientific fields.
During the event, seven prizes were awarded to selected world-famous researchers.
Addressing the closing ceremony of the event, which was held in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, Kowsar said that water should be used as a medium to promote peace and construction.
Turning to water as a public asset, just like air, the Iranian researcher noted, "Given the great number of transborder rivers and watersheds, the inhabitants of the Earth are required to contribute to and invest in them."
Meanwhile, he appreciated Iran's government for supporting such research projects and their implementation.
Kowsar further thanked UNESCO representative office in Tehran, the National Iranian UNESCO Committee and the International UNESCO Hydrological Program.
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