The Asia Riverprize winner was announced at the 21st International Riversymposium gala dinner. The Pasig River (Philippines) outcompeted the Yangtze River to win the inaugural Asia Riverprize.
In the 1990s, the Pasig River was declared biologically dead due to persistent pollution caused by population growth and industrial development along its riverbanks. However, thanks to the river restoration efforts of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and its partners, the Pasig River has been brought back to life. These efforts have included delivering quality projects, programs, and activities in easement recovery, riverbank development, public awareness, waste management and water quality management. We would like to say a special thank you to the Australian Water Partnership for sponsoring this award.