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Wednesday, August 26 2020 - 00:15
Japanese team wins Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2020
STOCKHOLM, August 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/--

Hiroki Matsuhashi and Takuma Miyaki from Japan receive the prestigious 2020 
Stockholm Junior Water Prize for their innovation to prevent soil erosion. HRH 
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden announced the winners during an online award 
ceremony as part of World Water Week At Home [ ] 
on 25 August.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize 
[ ] is an international 
competition where students between 15 and 20 present solutions to major water 

Hiroki Matsuhashi and Takuma Miyaki have developed a method to control soil 
runoff and increase food production, using the traditional Japanese soil 
solidification technology Tataki.

"This system is made of only inexpensive natural materials, so it is cheap and 
eco-friendly. We would like to spread this system to the world and solve water 
and food problems," the duo said in a filmed presentation of their project.   
The Jury noted that: "This year's winners have proven that simple local 
solutions can solve water problems in a global context. Through systematic 
studies the contestants have developed methods to make water conservation and 
soil management more achievable. The contestants effectively combined 
scientific knowledge and experimentation to revolutionize the way water is 
collected, used, and conserved for agriculture in arid regions."

The winners were announced by HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, the 
Prize's Official Patron, who expressed great admiration for all the finalists. 
A Diploma of Excellence was awarded to Zoe Gotthold, USA, for a creative 
approach to limiting the impact of oil pollution in marine ecosystems. By 
isolating the emulsion that forms between spilled oil and seawater she had 
found a promising solution and "demonstrated extraordinary knowledge and 
perseverance", according to the Jury. 

This year, the public could also vote in the People's Choice Award, which went 
to Adittya Kumar Chowdhury and Khaled Iftekhar from Bangladesh. They have 
developed a low-cost method to purify water with naturally derived poly 
glutamic acid and Moringa oleifera seeds.

Stockholm Junior Water Prize has been organized every year since 1997 by 
Stockholm International Water Institute, SIWI, with Xylem as Founding Partner. 
This year everything was however online, due to Covid-19. "I am humbled by the 
fact that many of these projects were developed under the most challenging of 
circumstances," said Ania Andersch, manager for Stockholm Junior Water Prize at 

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SOURCE: Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)