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Spanish Girls Win Stockholm Junior Water Prize; Winning Project Focuses on Protecting Spain's Mediterranean Coast

    8/10/1999

        STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Three young girls from Spain
    won the 1999 international Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition and
    received the Prize sculpture and congratulations from HRH Crown Princess
    Victoria of Sweden.  Rosa Lozano Duran, Elisabeth Pozo Camacho and Rocio Ruiz
    Arias won the distinction through their project, "Echinoderms as Biological
    Indicators of Water Quality in the Alboran Sea Coast," which was selected as
    the best in the competition from among 13 other projects representing as many
    countries.
        (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990810/NYTU129 )
        Rosa, Elisabeth and Rocio used sea urchins, starfish and sea cucumbers to
    help determine how effective an EU beach program was in protecting plant and
    animal life on Spain's Alboran Coast in the Western Mediterranean Sea.  By
    evaluating different beach strips and using the echinoderms as an indicator of
    bacterial pollution, the students accurately identified which beach
    environments are truly protected, and which require further protective
    measures.  In particular, they focused on coastal areas and beaches receiving
    the "European Blue Flag," given to areas that meet environmental and aesthetic
    criteria.  The young Spaniards observed many of these beaches have high levels
    of bacterial pollution, thus placing plant and animal life at risk.  They
    proposed amending European Blue Flags with echinoderm logos that further
    indicate ecosystem health.
        "Rosa, Elisabeth and Rocio have conducted an innovative project with
    direct and relevant implications for society.  Through their own initiative
    and work, these  young scientist employed a new perspective in measuring the
    health of animals and plants on Spain's Western Mediterranean coast," says
    Johan Rockstrom, of RELMA/SIDA, and chairman of the nominating committee for
    the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.
        The Prize, which includes a $5,000 award and crystal sculpture, was
    presented at a ceremony in Stockholm today by the Swedish Crown Princess, who
    is patron of the Prize.  Jonathon Duniam from Australia received the high
    honorable mention for his project, " Habitat Assessment for the Burnie
    Burrowing Crayfish (Engaeus yabbimunna) on Shorewell Creek, Burnie, Tasmania,"
    which looked into methods to protect a rare freshwater crayfish.
        "Development of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and competition has been
    fantastic during the last five years.  The quality of the projects from this
    year's finalists was unbelievably high, and it was difficult to choose a
    winner," says Anna Lindberg, project manager for the Stockholm Junior Water
    Prize.
        Since 1977, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize has been sponsored globally
    by ITT Industries.
        "Over the past three years, we have proudly watched the Stockholm Junior
    Water Prize grow in stature as a global competition.  The winners, like Rosa,
    Elisabeth and Rocio, will help spread the word to young people everywhere
    about the importance of protecting the world's water," says Thomas R. Martin,
    Director, Corporate Relations and Senior Vice President, ITT Industries.
        The other finalists came from Argentina, Finland, France, Germany, Italy,
    Latvia, Poland, Great Britain, Sweden, South Africa, Thailand, and the USA.
    
        For more information, contact:
        Anna Lindberg, tel: +46-8-522-139-85 mobile: +46-739-14-39-85 or visit
    http://www.siwi.org for pictures of the winner and the other finalists from
    the Prize Ceremony held at Nybrokajen 11.
        The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is an international award and competition
    that engages, encourages, and supports the interest of youth in local and
    global water environment issues.  Founded to complement the Stockholm Water
    Prize, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize was first awarded in Sweden in 1995
    and internationally in 1997.  Since 1997 the competition has been sponsored by
    ITT Industries.
    
    SOURCE  ITT Industries, Inc.
    
    

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    JUNIOR WATER PRIZE Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden (left)
    applauds the three young prizewinners from Spain, Rosa Lozano
    Duran (2nd left), Rocio Ruiz Arias (2nd from right) and Elisabeth
    Pozo Camacho (far right) after awarding the 1999 International
    Junior Water Prize, Tuesday August 10, 1999. The prize-winning
    project "Echinoderms as Biological Indicators of Water Quality in
    the Alboran Sea Coast" focusses on protecting Spain's
    Mediterranean coast and was elected as the best project in
    competition among 13 other projects by young scientists from
    around the world. (PRNewsFoto)[HD] STOCKHOLM SWE 08/11/1999

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