The ANA Award is the most important Award in Brazil when we talk about water and this year there were 452 participants in the event.
December 3rd, on a Wednesday evening, in the auditorium of Brasilia Caixa Cultural, the National Water Agency (ANA) announced the winning entries of this year in seven categories: Companies; Education; Government; Press; NGOs; Basin Organizations; and Research and Technological Innovation. Projects that aim to ensure water of good quality and in sufficient quantity for good development and quality of life for our current and future generations.
At ANA Award in 2014, a state that had never won the award got two awards: Rio de Janeiro. Rio won the categories Press and Basin Organizations. The other five ANA Award trophies – pieces made by the Italian master glassmaker Mario Seguso, were to Ceara (Government), Minas Gerais (NGOs), Pará (Education), Paraná (Business) and Pernambuco (Research and Innovation). Check a list of the winners here. The finalists were in Brasilia, with all expenses paid, to attend the ceremony.
Another award for the winners will be a trip to the next World Water Forum, which will take place on April 12-17, 2015 in South Korea. During the world’s largest event about water, the winners will present their work to people all over the planet in Pavilion Brazil, the country’s booth at the Forum.
The finalists is a demonstration of the national scope to get the awards, which included projects from five regions: Paraná (4), Minas Gerais (3), Rio de Janeiro (3), Pará (2), Rio Grande do Sul (2 ), Amapá (1), Bahia (1), Ceará (1), Mato Grosso (1), Mato Grosso do Sul (1), Pernambuco (1) and São Paulo (1). In this edition of ANA Award, all states and the Federal District had winners.
In his speech, the CEO of the National Water Agency, Vicente Andreu, explained the situation of the water and resources management in our country. Andreu also pointed out the award as a showcase of good practice to be inspiring in Brazil. “You, who are here competing for an ANA Award, help us strengthen this topic [water] in our country,” he said.
The Environment Minister, Izabella Teixeira, said that the awards are a way to understand the experienced changes in society from an environmental point of view. “Rewarding is not only recognizing who does a good job; it is recognizing that the attitude in the country has changed. This is the best message from the awards of all the environmental areas” she said. Participant in the ceremony, the Minister of National Integration, Francisco Teixeira, and Caixa Vice President, José Carlos Medaglia Filho, among other authorities.
Caixa is the exclusive sponsor of the ANA Award and Brazilian Watershed Organizations Network (REBOB) supports the event.
In its first edition in 2006, the ANA Award was divided in three categories, “Water Resources Management”, “Rational Use of Water Resources” and “Water for Life”. At the time, 284 participants were in the event. In the second edition, in 2008, the topic was unique: “Conservation and Rational Use of Water”. At the time, 272 participants in six categories. In 2010, there were 286 projects about “Water: the Challenge of Sustainable Development” in seven categories. In the last edition, in 2012, the eight categories with the participation of 363 people.
São Paulo is the state with the highest number of winners of the ANA Prize: Six. States that have also won the award: Minas Gerais (3), Paraná (3), Pernambuco (3), Rio Grande do Sul (3), Ceará (2), Rio de Janeiro (2), Sergipe (2), Goiás (1), Mato Grosso (1), Mato Grosso do Sul (1), Pará (1), Paraíba (1), Rio Grande do Norte (1) and Santa Catarina (1). Learn more about the winners and finalists of the ANA Award: http://premio.ana.gov.br/Edicao/2014/projetos.aspx.
Text: Raylton Alves – ASCOM / ANA
Photo: Edgar Marra / Image Bank ANA