Pictured above: Manuel Sapiano, on behalf of HSBC Water Programme with Lucilla Minelli, advocacy officer World Water Assessment Programme UNESCO, and Kostantina Toli, senior programme officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean
The HSBC Water Programme – Catch the Drop campaign has won the ‘Public Awareness’ category of the inaugural Greening the Islands Awards. The award was announced at the 2nd edition of the Greening the Islands conference, a unique, international event that forges a nexus of energy, water and mobility on islands and held in Malta. A jury of five experts determined the criteria and standards needed to pick out the most deserving islands in various categories.
The contest drew a broad range of nominations in the categories of: renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable mobility, water, and public awareness. Entries to various categories of the inaugural awards came from a number of islands such as Cape Verde, Tonga, the Azores, and Tilos in Greece.
In announcing the award for HSBC Malta, the jury noted: “…(the campaign) highlights how working towards more sustainable islands isn’t only about technology and infrastructure, it’s also a question of public awareness and changing everyday habits towards more responsible behaviours.”
The three-year (2013-2016) Catch the Drop programme encompasses the largest-ever national environmental and educational campaign of its kind in Malta and aims to forge a blueprint for progress on sustainability of water as a resource.