The CEO Water
Mandate is proud to support the Global Water Partnership (GWP) Water
ChangeMaker Awards, which will highlight the stories of the people and
organizations who shape water decisions to build climate resilience.
ChangeMaker Awards recognize that the global health crisis and its
economic fallout require the full attention of governments, businesses,
and citizens at this time. But water management decisions remain
essential, particularly in the face of the climate crisis.
What are the
Water ChangeMaker Awards?
ChangeMaker Awards underline the crucial relationship between water
management and our vulnerability to climate change. GWP and its
partners are launching the Awards as a contribution to UNFCCC’s Resilience
Frontiers initiative. From a water perspective, the Awards will shed light
on frontier issues, technologies, and social trends that will chart a
course to sustainability beyond 2030. The Awards seek to highlight
decisions that have involved changing mindsets from inertia to action;
speaking truth to power; finding new ways of working; building new
coalitions; changing laws or policies; mobilizing others to
collaborate, and more.
ChangeMaker Awards will catalog and celebrate the change-making
journeys of semi-finalists, finalists, and winners to raise awareness
of how water management decisions are necessary to further climate
the finalist change journeys, every finalist will be sponsored by GWP
to attend the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) in Glasgow,
Scotland to participate in an awards ceremony.
mission of the Water ChangeMaker Awards continues beyond the
celebration of the winners, finalists, and semi-finalists. In March
2021, GWP’s Technical Committee will launch an analysis of the
ChangeMaker Journeys to share their stories on a global stage. GWP’s
IWRM ToolBox will serve as a platform for shared learning going into
the future, hosting advice and knowledge from around the world.
Who can apply
to the Water ChangeMaker Awards?
initiatives concern water decisions that contribute to climate change
resilience. Organizations, entities, and individuals from the public,
private, and non-profit sector are all encouraged to apply, and may
even complete multiple submissions.
can be located anywhere around the world. To be eligible, initiatives
must be either ongoing or concluded within the past five years.
will be evaluated on the following criteria:
·Climate Resilience built through Water Decisions
·Magnitude & Longevity of Change
·Depth of Learning
·Breadth of Collaboration
guidelines on the Water ChangeMaker Awards are available online as
recommends that teams complete their submission well in advance of the
June 7, 2020 deadline. Teams are also highly encouraged to quantify
their results, submitting data that show the positive effects of their
ChangeMaker Journey. Initiatives that make it to the final round will
be asked to share more details about their change journey.
The jury works
in English, but will accept submissions in Arabic, Chinese, English,
French, Russian and Spanish, which will then be translated to English
for consideration. Submissions must also include a contact who can
provide an informal verification of the project.