Pay Drechsel, leader for IWMI’s research theme on Resource Recovery, Water Quality and Health, won the International Water Association (IWA) 2015 Development Award for Research. The award recognized Pay’s long track record in research, which has helped to identify ways in which farmers can safely use wastewater for irrigation. In many low- and middle-income countries that have little capacity for wastewater treatment, the use of wastewater for irrigation is widespread. The award was presented at IWA’s Water and Development Congress and Exhibition in Amman, Jordan, in October. Ger Bergkamp, Executive Director of IWA, hailed Pay as “an example to the water community in each corner of the globe.”
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, IWMI launched the touring exhibition Water in Sri Lanka in April at a cocktail reception held at the Light House Galley, Colombo. The exhibition, which showcased IWMI’s efforts to resolve Sri Lanka’s water resource challenges, toured the country during the year. IWMI’s regional offices in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Accra (Ghana), Delhi (India) and Pretoria (South Africa) also held events to celebrate the anniversary. Meanwhile, a new publication, Founding of IWMI in Sri Lanka, told the story of the Institute’s early years.