IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Awards announce regional winners

07 September 2010 | News story

IUCN, Thomson Reuters Foundation and COMplus announced today the regional winners of the 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting, who will vie for the global prize of USD 5,000.

The regional winners have been selected from 418 print entries from 81 different countries. This year’s regional winners are:

Asia and the Middle East: Where losing the forest means losing your identity by Dewi Kurniawati for Indonesian daily the Jakarta Globe presents the reality of an indigenous community under siege from economic development and mainstream ethnic groups.

Europe: Der globale Indianer (How an Amazonian tribe is mastering the modern world) by Juliane von Mittelstaedt for Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper, is an excellent treatment of a subject that will have more and more public impact as the world tries to work out how to combat global warming and protect forests.

English-speaking Africa: Carbon trading: How to save a forest by Anjali Nayar for Nature News (Nature.com) looks at how a REDD project in the forests of Madagascar will enable wealthy countries to meet their emission targets, whilst the money generated will provide locals with food and livelihoods so that the forest can be saved.

French-speaking Africa: De l'or massif au bout des excréta humains (Where there’s muck there’s money) by Arzouma Kiéma for H20 Info (A specialist water resources, sanitation and hygiene related quarterly) has a fun and enthusiastic approach to what some might see as a banal subject. The originality of the topic itself is matched by a good grasp of the science.

Latin America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean: Más vida en el desierto (Bringing more life to the desert) by Erick Falcon for Mexican weekly Revista Día Siete looks at the use of aquaonics (combining hydroponics with aquaculture) to sustainably cultivate food in Mexico’s cities.

North America, Oceania and English-speaking Caribbean: Hot, flat, crowded – and preparing for the worst by Mason Inman for Science magazine (sciencemag.org) discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces as “nature’s laboratory for natural disasters” and the climate change adaption strategies the country is developing to combat them.

Each regional winner will receive a certificate and USD 500 cash prize.

The global winner of the 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Award for Excellence in Environmental Eeporting will be chosen from these six regional winners by a Global Master Jury comprised of Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN Director General, Sean Maguire, Editor, Political and General News, Reuters, Sergio Jellinek, External Affairs Manager – Latin America and Caribbean, World Bank (COMplus), Cheryl Charles, President and CEO, Children & Nature Network & Assistant Deputy Chair, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication, Safaa Kanj, Senior Editor/Reporter, French News Agency (AFP), Middle East Bureau, Dennis Dimick, Executive Editor, National Geographic Magazine and Hon Barry Gardiner MP, former Minister of Forestry in the UK, and Co-Chair of the GLOBE International Commission on Land Use Change and Ecosystems.

The Awards were established in 1998 to help raise global awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues, by encouraging high standards in environmental reporting worldwide.

The next IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Awards will take place in 2012.

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For more information:
Gillian Eborn, Coordinator, 2010 IUCN-Reuters-COMplus Media Awards
Tel:  +4...
Email: Gillian.eborn@iucn.org
www.iucn.org/media_awards

About IUCN
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,000 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 60 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. www.iucn.org

About Thomson Reuters Foundation
Created in 1982 to support journalists from developing countries, the Foundation today embraces a wide range of educational, humanitarian and environmental causes and projects. To date more than 7,000 journalists from over 170 countries have benefitted from fully sponsored training provided by the Foundation on international media, business journalism, environmental and health issues, television coverage, conflict reporting and crisis-response. www.trust.org

About COMplus - The sustainable development communications alliance
COMplus is a diverse global alliance of organisations committed to bringing sustainable development closer to the people through inspiring and innovative communication approaches. Building on an integral social, environmental and economic vision of development, COMplus offers a communications platform to share new ideas, and expertise among global decision makers, journalists and communicators. As well as tracking the opinion of a global cross-sector group of 5,000 leaders in sustainable development and providing training to hundreds of journalists in the developing world every year, COMplus broadcast initiatives reach an audience of over 300 million homes globally. www.complusalliance.org