Reed Elsevier Launches 2013 Environmental Challenge to Advance Access to Safe Water and Sanitation

Reed Elsevier Launches 2013 Environmental Challenge to Advance Access to Safe
                             Water and Sanitation

  PR Newswire

  ABU DHABI, January 15, 2013

ABU DHABI, January 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Call for proposals to advance scalable solutions to water and sanitation
challenges in developing countries

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge was launched today, calling for
innovative proposals to ensure safe water and improved sanitation for at risk
communities in developing countries. The winning projects will be announced
later in the year. The first prize winner will be awarded $50,000 and the
second prize winner will receive $25,000 in addition to a feature in Water
Research , an official journal of the International Water Association. All
shortlisted candidates will receive access to Reed Elsevier scientific online
publications and databases.

The Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge contributes to the Water for Life
Decade (2005-2015), established by the UN General Assembly in support of the
Millennium Development Goal to halve the number of people without access to
safe drinking water and stop the exploitation of water resources. According to
the World Health Organisation, nearly 900m people in the world are without
safe drinking water, while over 2.6bn people do not have improved sanitation
facilities. Poor access to safe water and sanitation contributes to health
crises in many developing countries, and increasingly leads to violent

Youngsuk ('YS') Chi, Chairman of Elsevier and Director of Corporate Affairs
for Reed Elsevier, said: "As a global provider of information solutions, we
publish more than 25 per cent of scientific literature in water research.
Through the Environmental Challenge, applicants gain access to these
resources to further develop their ideas. Our aim is to identify and support
individuals and organisations making real contributions to both water and
sanitation quality, and providing access where there is great need. The Reed
Elsevier Environmental Challenge is an excellent example of how we collaborate
with key partners, including scientific institutes, industry and NGOs, to
advance knowledge in an area of critical importance to people and

Applications for the Environmental Challenge will be accepted through 15 April
2013 and should focus on improving access to safe water and/or sanitation
where it is presently at risk. Projects should be replicable, scalable and
sustainable; set a benchmark for innovation; have practical applicability;
address non-discrimination/equity of access; involve and impact a range of
stakeholders; and have local/community-level engagement. Shortlisted
candidates, announced by June, will be invited to develop their proposals
further. Projects will be assessed by reviewers with water, sanitation and
related expertise. Shortlisted projects will be considered by an international
judging panel of experts in the field. The Dutch Wash Alliance , a consortium
of six Dutch NGOs promoting hygienic use of sustainable water and sanitation,
will be lending assistance with the reviewing and judging process in 2013.

The 2013 Reed Elsevier Environmental Challenge was launched at the first
International Water Summit (IWS), which takes place from 15-17 January 2013 in
Abu Dhabi. The IWS is a new global platform for promoting water sustainability
and the water-energy nexus in arid regions. IWS brings together policymakers,
scientists and business leaders to tackle the urgent challenges of wastewater
and water access and security.

Notes to Editors To learn more about The Environmental Challenge, please visit
and follow us on twitter @RE_EnvChallenge. Visit the Reed Elsevier
Environmental Challenge stand (3224) at the International Water Summit for
additional information.

About Reed Elsevier

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information solutions to the science, medical, legal, risk management, and
business to business sectors. The group employs more than 30,000 people,
including 16,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier Group plc is owned equally by
two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV; the combined
market capitalisation of the two parent companies is approximately
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Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam:
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