Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz will open on December 5 a four-day international conference on water resources at King Saud University in Riyadh, during which he will present the awards for the Prince Sultan International Prize for Water. The conference will focus on four pivotal topics: water resources, aridity, desertification, and the use of modern technology in studying the desert environment. Research papers will cover topics such as water-resource management, flood control, economical desalination technologies, advances in irrigation techniques, remote sensing, and protection of wildlife in desert environments.
The winners of the first Prince Sultan Prize [2002-2004], announced on October 31, were selected from 152 contestants from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, South Africa, India, and Malaysia. Professor Jery R. Stedinger of Cornell University in the United States won in the category of surface water for his paper on effective flood control methods. The winner in the groundwater category was also American, hydraulic engineer Dr. Herman Bouwer, for his work on artificial groundwater recharge. The prize in the category of alternative water resources was shared by Dr. Hisham Taha Abdullah El-Dossouky and Dr. Hisham Ettouney, both of Egypt, for their work on desalination. King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology won the prize for water recourses management for its work on new techniques for irrigation water conservation. The water resources protection prize, on the topic of protecting groundwater from agricultural pollutants, was withheld due to a lack of nominees; this illustrates the need for more research on this important issue.