The International Water Association (IWA) has awarded its prestigious 2018 Global Water Award to Professor Tony Wong.

This biannual award recognises individuals who through innovative leadership and practice are driving change in water management. The award citation recognised Tony’s pioneering program of work – the Water Sensitive Cities approach, which uses unique socio-technical approach to concurrently addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges of traditional urban water management.

Tony Wong’s early work on Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) created a platform for exerting a positive and transformative influence on the nature of cities and the health and wellbeing of their citizens.

His WSUD approach is now globally diffused and his subsequent reimagining of WSUD within the Water Sensitive Approach has been mainstream across Australia and increasingly among developing nations.

Cheryl Batagol, Chairman of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, said “We are very proud of Tony’s enormous contribution to the global water community and we congratulate him on this well deserved award.”

“This award recognises Tony’s determination and vision to bring the Water Sensitive Cities approach to help overcome the obstacles we face in an increasingly urbanised world that is also tackling the effects of climate change.”

On receiving the award Tony Wong said, “It recognises the significance of collaboration on an integrated cross disciplinary approach from the social to the technical, from engineering innovations to nature based solutions and in using urban design as an integrative platform.”

Tony Wong will receive his award at the opening ceremony of the IWA World Conference and Exhibition in Tokyo.

From a Stormwater Australia perspective it is great to see innovative programs like this being recognised on a global stage.

The success of collaboration across disciplines also reinforces the importance of Stormwater Australia engaging with as broad a community as possible as we strive for more effective stormwater management throughout the country and across the globe.

We congratulate Tony Wong and the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities for this global recognition. It is an award well deserved and well received.