The Water, Peace and Security partnership (WPS) has been announced as recipient of the 2020 Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Environmental Peace. The Luxembourg Peace Prize for Outstanding Environmental Peace recognises contributions to sustainable development, environmental governance, natural resource management and environmental conflict management from an ecological perspective.
WPS was founded in 2018 to pioneer the development of innovative tools and services that help identify and address water-related security risks. These tools and services can link hydrological, social, economic and political factors to pinpoint changes in short-term water availability and their potential impacts on society. Based on this information, evidence-based actions can be taken to mitigate human security risks, which WPS facilitates through capacity development and dialogue support.
The partnership is a collaboration between the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a consortium of six partners: IHE Delft (lead partner), World Resources Institute (WRI), Deltares, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS), Wetlands International and International Alert. The initiative is intended to become an open network that can bring together knowledge, capacities and activities directed at accelerating and scaling up preventative action in the context of water stress — induced conflict, migration or other forms of social destabilization. The consortium collaborates with a growing number of institutions, including Oregon State University, Pacific Institute, New America and Clingendael.
The 2020/2021 Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony will take place as part of the 5th Annual Transatlantic Dialogue conference at the University of Luxembourg. In keeping with the measures being taken around the world to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Luxembourg Peace Prize 2020 has been postponed to 2021. Prizes (Laureates) are awarded annually in the categories of Outstanding Peace Activists; Outstanding Peace Education; Outstanding Youth Peacemaker; Outstanding Peace Organisation; Outstanding Peace Technology; Outstanding Peace Journalism; Outstanding Art for Peace; Outstanding Environmental Peace.