Presented at The Water’s Edge gala each year since 2011, the Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence is a prestigious award for outstanding achievement in freshwater-related activities. Honorees represent regions and watersheds from around the world and a broad range of activities, professions, and scientific disciplines.
The 2017 Stroud Award for Freshwater Excellence was awarded to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Prince Albert II’s Commitment to Fresh Water
Prince Albert II has given his effort and support to the availability of clean fresh water, among other environmental issues.
Founded in 2006, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is committed to protecting the environment and promoting life in an ecofriendly, global way. One of its three principal domains of action is to manage water resources and combat desertification.
“I decided to set up a foundation whose purpose is to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable development. By definition, this is a common global challenge that requires urgent and concrete action in response to three major environmental issues: climate change, biodiversity, and water.”
Prince Albert has received numerous awards for his outstanding commitment to the environment and our natural resources. In 2007, he received the ICCF Teddy Roosevelt® International Conservation Award from the International Conservation Caucus Foundation for his work and dedication to environmental protection. He was awarded the Roger Revelle Prize by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2009 for globally promoting and increasing the understanding of environmental challenges. In 2011, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was awarded the Water Prize by UNESCO-IHE Delft Institute for Water Education for contributing to science and creating a better way to understand the environment, and in particular for teaching multidisciplinary approaches to solving water resources challenges for the benefit of developing countries.
A recent project the foundation has accomplished was the Integrated Water Resource Management Project in Oromia, Ethiopia. Due to the low water supply in this country, the goals of the project were to develop water sources for human use. The project improved water access for rural communities and built sanitation facilities in different regions of Ethiopia. Overall, the project rehabilitated 51 water points and installed 16 toilets that are powered by biogas.
About H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco
Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre Grimaldi was born in Monaco on March 14, 1958. He is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi. In 1981, he graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Prince Albert participated in five consecutive winter Olympics starting in 1988. He married Charlene Wittstock in July 2011. Together they have twin children, born on December 10, 2014, named Jacques Honoré Rainier and Gabriella Thérèse Marie.
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