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
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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
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
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