Use of space technology for watershed development hailed
Antrix gets award for ‘helping rural poor improve their livelihood'
Officials involved in Sujala implementation felicitated
Bangalore: Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organisation has been conferred with the prestigious Globe Sustainability Research Award 2010 by the Globe Forum, Stockholm, Sweden.
It is an international award founded by Globe Forum, with the purpose of fostering sustainable development in society. The award was conferred on Antrix for its outstanding contribution towards improving livelihoods among the rural poor while reducing their vulnerability to climate risks.
Antrix had demonstrated the use of space technology and Information Technology (IT) solutions to reach out to grassroots through the Sujala Watershed Development programme in five districts in Karnataka in 2002–2009.
The Chairman of the jury that selected Antrix Corporation for this award was Mohan Munasinghe, Vice-Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said that Antrix's use of space technology for watershed development in India had yielded significant benefits.
At a function organised on Friday at ISRO's headquarters, senior government officials, including present commissioners of the Watershed Development Department, Government of Karnataka, involved in the Sujala project were felicitated by K. Radhakrishnan, ISRO Chairman and S.V. Ranganath, Chief Secretary.