— The international winners of the Biodiversity Reporting Award 2005 (BDRA) will attend the world's first International Media & Environment Summit in Malaysia, organized by News World Nature, which will take place in Kuching, the Sarawak capital, between November 30 andDecember 2, 2005. The BDRA is a collaborative effort between Conservation International (CI), Fundación Biodiversidad, International Center for Journalists, and International Federation of Environmental Journalists.
Following the BDRA's mission to increase the quantity and quality of environmental reporting by recognizing the outstanding work of environmental journalists, building capacity and providing training, each year the first place winners are invited to attend an international environmental or conservation conference. This year the nine BDRA winners from Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, Madagascar, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru, will attend the summit in Malaysia.
"One of the BDRA's main goals is to build the professional capacity of the environmental journalists by giving them the life-changing opportunity of participating in an international congress" said Haroldo Castro, CI's Vice President for Global Awareness. "Attending the International Media & Environment Summit in Malaysia will be an extraordinary opportunity for our winners to meet colleagues and to share professional experiences".
The International Media & Environment Summit is being organized by News World Nature to bring together journalists, broadcasters, educators, environmentalists and scientists from all parts of the globe to debate and share the latest thinking, and the best ways of bringing messages to the public's attention.
"We are delighted that some of the world's richest ecosystems, found in Brazil, Madagascar or the Tropical Andes, will be represented by the national winners of the Biodiversity Reporting Award," said Alexander Thomson, Managing Director, News World International. "The nine winners will help to develop links between top media professionals and leading environmentalists."
Important authorities and personalities will present the Awards at a special ceremony during the summit. Among the topics on the summit's agenda will be how to translate science into lay terms, the impact of human development on wildlife conservation, the need for a stronger voice for conservation, corporate responsibility and the impact of habitat loss.
The Award uses the Internet as a platform for judging, which guarantees cost effectiveness and access to judges based around the globe. All entries, judging criteria, and a calendar of deadlines are posted on this website. An international jury comprised of five people, review the articles and select the winners. For further information please visit: www.biodiversityreporting.org
Conservation International (CI) was founded in 1987 to conserve Earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature. CI, a field-based organization headquartered in Washington, DC works in more than 40 countries on four continents, drawing upon a unique array of scientific, economic, awareness building and policy tools to help people find economic alternatives without harming their natural environments. www.conservation.org