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Best Paper 2015 Awards

Posted: 2017-03-06  Type: News

IWRA Announces the Winners of the 2015 Best Paper Awards 


We take the nomination of Best Paper and honourable mention very seriously, so the selection process is a bit elaborate.  A short list of candidate papers is drawn up by the editors of Water International, reviewed by the IWRA Publications Committee, and forwarded to the WI Editorial Board, which selects a candidate or candidates. These are then forwarded to the IWRA Awards Committee and from there to the President and the Executive Board for final approval.  Selection of best papers is based on relevance, rigor, impact and any other factors deemed important by members of the Editorial Board “jury”.

Certificates will be given to the winning authors or their representatives at the forthcoming IWRA XVI World Water Congress, to be held in Cancun, Mexico in May-June 2017.

From the 2015 issues we had one best paper, and one paper that deserved honorable mention. 


China’s southbound transboundary river basins: a case of asymmetry

Mirja Kattelus, Matti Kummu, Marko Keskinen, Aura Salmivaara & Olli Varis

An overview is presented of the contemporary societal and environmental development situation in the six major transboundary river basins that drain south from China: the Red River, Mekong, Salween, Irrawaddy, Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Indus. The overall societal and environmental vulnerability of the basins is assessed using multidimensional river basin vulnerability analysis. The analysis shows that while China has a fairly low level of vulnerability in these basins, its downstream influence is substantial. This setting offers a plethora of opportunities for transboundary cooperation and calls for a high level of responsibility from the upstream riparian countries.

This paper is a product of the Water and Development Research Group (WDRG) at Aalto University, Finland. Mirja Kattelus is Junior Professional Expert, Water Services Trust Fund, Nairobi, Kenya, and a newly minted (2017) D.Sc. from the university.  Matti Kummu is Assistant Professor at Aalto.  Marko Keskinen is University Lecturer and researcher there. Aura Salmivaara is a post-doctoral researcher at the Natural Resources Institute Finland. Olli Varis, a former IWRA Vice-President, is Vice Dean and Professor at Aalto University, and Leader of the WDRG.


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