Stabroek News, Guyana Chronicle Reporters Winners of Biodiversity Reporting Award 2001

9/9/2001

Georgetown, Guyana - Reporters for the Stabroek News and the Guyana Chronicle won awards on September 8 for excellence in reporting on biodiversity issues in Guyana.

Stabroek News reporters Matt Falloon and Andrew Richards won the first and second prize, respectively. Stacy Davidson of the Guyana Chronicle took third prize and Shirley Thomas, also of the Chronicle, earned an honorable mention.

To recognize the successful environmental coverage of Stabroek News, the sponsors also awarded an honorable mention certificate to its editor, Anand Persaud.

Falloon's winning entry was a multi-part series of stories on gold mining in Guyana. Richards won recognition for his story on the identification of candidate sites for a National Protected Areas System. To win third prize, Davidson wrote about a proposal by Conservation International to explore and conserve 2 million acres of forest in the Upper Takutu and Upper Essequibo regions of Guyana.

The awards were presented at a Georgetown Club ceremony held on September 8 by Neville Waldron of Conservation International-Guyana (CI), and Jonathan Maslow and Rob Taylor of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). CI and ICFJ cosponsor the awards with the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ).

"We are delighted to see that Guyanese journalists continue to raise the level of their writing on environmental issues," said Maslow, who led his third annual workshop on environmental journalism in the country on the same day of the ceremony. "Strong coverage of them is crucial to the growth and development of Guyana, and the world."

As his top prize, Falloon receives an expenses-paid trip to Lage-Hoerste, Germany, to participate with hundreds of other journalists in the World Congress of Environmental Journalists from September 29 through October 4. Second and third prizes carry cash awards and honorable mention is recognized with a certificate. All winners receive plaques and environmental-reporting training materials.

The Biodiversity Reporting Award 2001 was held in Guyana, Ghana, Guatemala, Colombia, Bolivia and Brazil, and was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Virginia W. Cabot Foundation.

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