China Bestows Award on Moore for Water Management Efforts

China has honored Don Moore, a Mott MacDonald director based in China, with a Friendship Award for his contribution to water resource management projects in the country. The award was presented at a special ceremony attended by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang, at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, on Sept. 29.

The award is the supreme award given by the Chinese government to foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China's economic and social progress. Only 850 foreign experts from 55 countries worldwide have received the award since 1991.

Moore has over 30 years of experience with Mott MacDonald in delivering water sector development and management projects across the world. He was nominated by China's Ministry of Water Resources for the positive impact he has made on the management of the country's water resources.

Speaking after the ceremony, Moore said: "I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award; it's one of the highlights of my career working in the water resource sector. I have been fortunate to have worked on really interesting projects in China over the last 20 years and developed many special working relationships in Beijing and in the provinces of Gansu and Liaoning."

Moore has provided assistance to the Ministry of Water Resources with the review of the 1988 Water Law and the development of recommendations, based on international best practice, for the formulation of the new Water Law that was passed in October 2002. He also led the advisory team for the Water Resources Demand Management Assistance Project (WRDMAP), providing planning guidance in the provinces of Gansu and Liaoning based on the reforms required by the 2002 Chinese Water Law. Moore directed the Songhua River Flood Management Study in China, developing a comprehensive flood management support system for the Songliao Water Resources Commission.

Mott MacDonald, based in the United Kingdom, is a global management, engineering, and development consultancy with 14,000 staff, £850-million turnover, and works in 120 countries for the public and private sectors. Its core business sectors cover buildings, transport, energy, water, environment, health, education, industry, oil and gas, communications, and international development.

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