President of UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan presented awards to the 10 winners of the 2023 Zayed Sustainability Prize today (16th January, 2023, ABU DHABI). His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan presented the trophy to Mr. Mohon Kumar Mondal, the Executive Director of LEDARS in the Water category for its integrated water resource management model that solves water scarcity issues in disaster-prone south-west coastal areas of Bangladesh.
The ceremony was also attended by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior; H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; H.H. Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of Abu Dhabi Executive Council; H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Court; Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence; along with a number of Sheikhs and senior officials. Also, present were various heads of state, ministers, and other senior-level dignitaries from the UAE and abroad, in addition to past winners, and the 2023 finalists.
In his remarks on the Awards Ceremony, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said, “The UAE continues to lead on important global initiatives at the heart of our mission to create a better future for all, both within the UAE and beyond our nation’s borders. The bold ambition of the Zayed Sustainability Prize remains at the forefront of these efforts. It creates a pathway for delivering life-changing humanitarian aid and solutions to communities around the world.”
The US$3 million Prize is the UAE’s pioneering global award in sustainability that recognizes and rewards small and medium-sized enterprises, nonprofit organizations and high schools around the world that are delivering impactful, innovative and inspiring solutions in health, food, energy and water. Through its 96 former winners, the Prize has transformed the lives of more than 378 million people around the world since 2008, including in Vietnam, Nepal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Maldives and Tuvalu.
LEDARS has developed an Integrated Water Resource Management Model with different high efficient, low coast and user friendly technologies like- Bio-sand filters (BSF), Pond-sand filters (PSF), rainwater harvesting systems (RWHS), protective ponds, canal re-excavation, Reverse Osmosis (RO), Deep tube well, providing safe drinking water and supporting cultivation of paddies and vegetables throughout the year on lands that were previously barren. LEDARS initiatives created access to safe drinking water for at least 15,881 families.
LEDARS believes receiving this award will help scale up activities to more people in the vulnerable areas. Through this, LEDARS will be able to play a leading role in improving the quality of life of the climate-affected people of the southwest coastal area. Notably, LEDARS got Excellent Third Prize of World Water Showcase in 7th World Water Forum in Korea, 2015 and Channel I-Standard Chartered Bank Agrow Award 2020. Besides, LEDARS was a finalist for the Local Adaptation Champion Award 2022.

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