The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya has proposed and sponsored the establishment of the Prize. The Prize recognizes the achievements of an individual, a group of individuals or a research institution having made fundamental and substantial contributions to the assessment, development, management and/or use of water resources in arid and semi-arid areas. More particularly, it rewards remarkable scientific research and scientific studies and discoveries in the field of exploration of groundwater and surface water usage in arid zones subject to drought and desertification and contributing to environmental and human development.
The Prize is awarded biennially by the Director-General of UNESCO and comprises a certificate, a medal and a financial award.
In cooperation with UNESCO-IHP, CHRS, who is a founding member of the Water and Development Information for Arid Lands- A Global Network (G-WADI), has been developing several online data access and visualization tools that allow hydrologist to access high resolution precipitation estiamates in real and near-real time.