Princess Mashael wins U.N. Water for Life Award

March 25, 2011

The Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWIH) has announced that Princess Mashael bint Mohammed Saud Abdulrahman has won the United Nation’s “Water for Life, Best Practice Award,” becoming the first Arab researchers to be receive a U.N. Scientific Award. The prize was presented at an international forum entitled “Sustainable Water Use and Management, Leadership for Positive Change” held on March 22 at the U.N. office in Geneva.

Princess Mashael is a pioneering researcher in the field of Applied Geomorphology at the Space Research Institute at the King Abdullah City of Science and Technology (KACST). She has received honors from a number of international institutions, including the Great Women of the 21st Century Award from the American Biographical Institute (ABI).

According to the GIWIH Advisory Board, Princess Mashael won the U.N. Prize for her distinguished efforts in and innovative approaches towards water research. She has contributed to numerous studies on environmental issues, especially in the field of environmental disasters, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods and desertification. Princess Mashael has also conducted several studies aimed at achieving sustainable development in Saudi Arabia through modern technology.