ANTRIX Corporation Ltd., ISRO has been conferred with the prestigious Globe Sustainability Research Award 2010 by the Globe Forum, Stockholm, Sweden.
Globe award is an international award founded by Globe Forum, with the purpose of fostering sustainable development in the society. The award was conferred on ANTRIX for its outstanding contribution to improve sustainable livelihoods amongst rural poor while reducing their vulnerability to climate risks, an ISRO release said. ANTRIX, ISRO demonstrated the use of space technology and Information Technology (IT) solutions to effectively reach out to grassroots through Sujala Watershed development programme in Karnataka which was implemented during 2002–09 in five districts.
The Chairman of the Jury, Prof. Mohan Munasinghe, Winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2007 and Vice-Chair of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), opined that ANTRIX Corporation Ltd. fully deserved the Globe Sustainability Award for its exceptional contribution through innovative use of space technology for Watershed development in India, which has yielded significant benefits with respect to all the three aspects of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.
At a function organised on Friday at Antariksh Bhavan, the headquarters of ISRO, senior state government officials including present and previous commissioners of the Watershed Development Department, Government of Karnataka involved in Sujala project were felicitated by Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman, ISRO and Shri S. V. Ranganath, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka.