12 November 2010
WYG, the global infrastructure and advisory services specialist, has won the prestigious Positive Environmental Impact award at last night’s annual British Expertise Awards in London.
The high-profile ceremony, hosted by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, brought together major British consultancies in recognition of their activities positively influencing and contributing in international markets over the last 12 months.
WYG’s project, which was funded by the European Union under its TACIS programme (promoting the transition to market economy and reinforcing democracy and the rule of law in Eastern Europe and Central Asia) was commended by a panel of industry experts, headed by The Duke of Gloucester, for its work on improving water governance and promoting the fair sharing of water resources in Central Asia.
The winning project, which recently completed, has paved the way for substantial improvements in water governance, reductions in pollution and encouragement towards fair sharing and effective use of water resources along trans-boundary rivers across the arid Central Asia region. Working with a host of key stakeholders from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, including regional water management and information institutions, WYG led an international consortium to deliver this programme, working in close partnership with Tethys Consulting, which focused on advancing the goals of the Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) initiative in the Central Asia region.
Neil Parison, WYG Group Director for Strategy and International Development, said: “Not only has the project demonstrated once again the strength of our environmental capability but this award also quite rightly recognises the positive environmental impact this project is having in Central Asia and for all those who are affected by the very real problems posed by water shortages and water pollution. The shrinkage and subsequent pollution of the Aral Sea, once the world’s fourth largest lake is but one example of how severe the issue of water resource management can become; and has been subject to global media attention in the recent past as well as marked by the UN as one of the world’s worst environmental disasters.”
The project has supported the development of changes to national legislation, development and testing of a regional water quality standards system, creation and application of environmental objectives in water management, training and pilot projects.
Photo caption: LtoR - His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester presenting the award to Neil Parison