Any list of top environmental NGOs in India has the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) near the top. They have coupled research-based innovations with action on the ground. Their forward looking work on rainwater harvesting builds on the fundamental insight that water management, and not water scarcity per se, is the critical difference in many situations. Through in no small measure CSE’s efforts, the Indian water strategy now takes rainwater harvesting seriously.
CSE just had its 25 year record of research, practice, and lobbying recognized internationally with this week’s announcement they will receive the 2005 Stockholm Water Prize. The prestigous award, and its $150,000 prize, will be awarded to CSE director Sunita Narain this August at World Water Week, held every summer in Stockholm.