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The winners of the Arab Scientific Community Organization (ARSCO) Award for 2020, which has been devoted to the environment, were announced at a ceremony in Doha on Tuesday.
On behalf of ARSCO President Dr Moza bint Mohammad Al Rabban, the awards were presented by Khalid bin Khalifa Al Rabban, member of the Board of the Rabban Foundation for Studies and Research, which is the main and sole supporter of the Arab Scientific Community Organization and the awards.
The award ceremony coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Arab Scientific Community Organization.
The Ministry of Agricultural, Fisheries and Water Resources in Oman won first place in the category of institutions for its vital project entitled ‘Industrial Coral Reefs’.
Palestinian young man Salah Essadi from Gaza Strip won the first place in the individual category for his project entitled ‘Treating Drinking Water and Irrigation Using Green Technology’.
The organisation had announced the launch of the first version of its award this year 2020, which is devoted to environmental projects.
The awards carry cash prize of $10,000 and trophy shields for Individuals and Institutions categories.
Each individual or institution winner receives $5,000 and a trophy. The aim of the awards is to encourage innovation in sustainable and successful projects as well as practical solutions to many environmental problems in our Arab region.
The team of judges consisted of six professors who are experts in the field from six Arab countries. They are Prof El-Hadi Ben-Mansour from Tunisia, chairman of the Committee; Prof Mohammad Saied Khanbash from Yemen, Prof Aziz Amin from Morocco, Prof Nabila Khallaf from Algeria, Prof Adel Awad from Syria and Dr Asma Al-Mohannadi from Qatar.
About 90 projects were submitted for the awards from 13 Arab countries, including individual projects and others submitted by public and private institutions.
After the first phase qualifiers, which focused on the award’s specialisation, writing language and data completeness, 73 projects remained, 68 of which were submitted by individuals and five by public and private institutions.
After the end of the second phase qualifiers, in which the projects that were rejected by more than three judges was excluded, 53 projects left in the race, including 48 individuals and five institutions, all of which entered the evaluation phase using grades.
The projects that obtained the highest evaluation grades and were agreed upon by the judges won the awards.
Because there must be only winner for each individual and institutions categories, after filtering as objectively as possible, the two winning projects were chosen.
In institutions category, a project submitted by the Ministry of Agricultural, Fisheries and Water Resources in Oman emerged the winner, while in individuals category, a project submitted by Salah Essadi, M.A in Water and Environment from Gaza Strip, Palestine won the race.
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