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Thai Students Win 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize for Natural Innovative Water Retention Device

AGRICOLTURA E ALLEVAMENTO

STOCKHOLM, August 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Three students from Thailand, Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat and Kanjana Komkla, received the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize onTuesdayfor their innovative water retention device that mimics the water retention of the Bromeliad plant. H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip of Sweden presented the prize at an award ceremony during World Water Week in Stockholm. 

By examining the efficacy of natural water collection by plants - especially in terms of the shape of plants that collect and capture water - Sureeporn Triphetprapa, Thidarat Phianchat and Kanjana Komkla built a device that mimics the water retention of the Bromeliad plant. The device has also been installed on rubber trees on rubber plantations. For this, they have been awarded the 2016 Stockholm Junior Water Prize, showcasing that nature is the best teacher.

The Jury was impressed by the winners' exceptional creativity, unrelenting diligence, enthusiasm and true passion for water.

"The winning project addresses future water security and rural livelihoods using an elegant leap-frog technology which looks simple, but its beauty masks its complexity!" the Jury said in its citation.

"It has already proven to be scalable and is now being tested in the field, by hundreds of farmers, who are now benefiting from the inspiration from beautiful plants which have an exceptional capacity to collect and store water."

Asked how she would want to take the winning project further, Sureeporn Triphetprapa said: "I will use our idea to relieve poverty in our community."

"This shows that to make real progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, we need to start at the local level. This is a very good example of that; a simple, smart and scalable solution, making a big difference," said Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of SIWI.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition brings together the world's brightest young scientists to encourage their continued interest in water and the environment. This year, thousands of participants in countries all over the globe joined national competitions for the chance to represent their nation at the international final held during the World Water Week in Stockholm. Teams from 29 countries competed in the 2016 finals.

Information about Stockholm International Water Institute, Stockholm Junior Water Prize and World Water Week:http://www.siwi.org and http://www.worldwaterweek.org

Press contact: Susanne Hedberg, Communications Officer, Tel +46-8-1213-6036

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