Indian research by Antrix Corporation, ISRO awarded with the prestigious Globe Sustainability Research Award 2010

STOCKHOLM, April 7, 2010. Antrix Corporation Ltd. ISRO (The Indian Space Research Organization) are acknowledged by the Globe Sustainability Research Award 2010 for the most original and challenging research within the sustainability field. The award ceremony will take place on the April 29th at a gala dinner at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

See the complete list of nominees here

The Globe Sustainability Research Award is now presented for the fourth consecutive year. The goal is to discover and recognize researchers that contribute to advancing knowledge on sustainability.

The Jury’s Motivation

“The Globe Sustainability Research Award is presented to Antrix Corporation, ISRO for outstanding work that is both original and practical. This well planned and implemented research has led to sustainable poverty reduction and vulnerability reduction. It has demonstrated clear gains in all three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental”, the jury states in its motivation.

The jury group for the Globe Award’s Sustainability Research Award is chaired by Professor Mohan Munasinghe, 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate as Vice Chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and Chairman of MIND.

“Antrix Corporation fully deserves the Globe Sustainability Research Award for its exceptional contributions, which provide sustainable livelihoods to the rural poor in India, and reduces their vulnerability to climate risks. The work is both original and practical. I am especially pleased that it is an excellent application of the Sustainomics framework, showing how companies and individuals can and must act now, to make development more sustainable. The project has yielded significant benefits with respect to all three aspects of the sustainable development triangle – economic, social and environmental. Striving together, we can make the planet a better and safer place for our children and grand children”, says Professor Mohan Munasinghe, jury Chairman.

The Jury

The jury for the Globe Sustainable City Award consists of highly experienced and internationally recognized experts. The overall chairman of all four jury groups is Lars-Olle Larsson, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Sweden.

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe - Jury Chairman, Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND) in Colombo, Director, Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester University, Sri Lanka
Dr. Tommy Borglund - Head of CSR services at Hallvarsson & Halvarsson, Stockholm, Sweden
Dr. Fred C. Dubee - Senior Advisor, United Nations, Global Compact, UK
Prof. Shiqiu Zhang - College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (CESE), Director, Institute of Environment and Economy (IoEE) Peking University, Beijing, China

About the Karnataka watershed project

The Karnataka watershed development project (Sujala) was implemented to sustainably aleviate poverty in predominantly rainfed areas by improving the productive potential of selected degraded watersheds, enhancing production and livelihood systems, and strengthening community and institutional arrangements for better natural resource management. The project encourages the participation of communities in designing their own destiny, setting up their priorities, identifying constraints and arriving at their own solutions – to build a sustainable future with their own hands, with the help of scientific inputs.