- Five journalists from Guyana have been chosen as finalists for the sixth edition of the "Biodiversity Reporting Award 2004," an environmental journalism competition that takes place in six countries in the Americas and Africa. The winner will be announced during an award ceremony that will be held on October 11 at the Tower Hotel in Georgetown.
The award is organized by Conservation International (CI), the International Center for Journalists and the International Federation of Environmental Journalists. The jury, composed of five international experts, chose the following finalists
(in alphabetical order):
- Natasha Waldron, Kaieteur News
- Nicosia Smith, Stabroek News
- Nikolai Johann Earle, Stabroek News
- Patrick Denny, Stabroek News
- Sharon Lall, Guyana Chronicle
The First Prize winner will be invited to Bangkok, Thailand, to take part in the 3rd IUCN World Conservation Congress. The second and third place will receive G$60,000 and G$35,000 respectively.
"The Annual Biodiversity Reporting Award competition is intended to stimulate journalists working with the print media to carry out in-depth investigative reporting of issues which will increase the public's awareness of matters relating to the environment, conservation and sustainable development" commented Joseph G. Singh, Executive Director of CI-Guyana. "Such increased awareness will expand the role that the public can play in ensuring the responsible management of Guyana's natural resources while at the same time, identifying opportunities for the enhancement of their livelihoods."
In 2003 Miranda La Rose of Stabroek News won first prize for the second time for an article about the Iwokrama canopy walkway. In 2002, Andrew Richards of Stabroek News won first prize for an article about the damage being done to the Knawaruk River and in 2001, Matt Falloon of Stabroek News won for his article "A Industry on the Verge of Crisis?" about gold mining.
In this sixth edition, 109 print journalists, representing 72 media outlets, participate in the award with 186 stories. "It is important for Conservation International to recognize the great work done by Guyanese journalists who report about biodiversity and the environment", said Haroldo Castro, International Communications Vide President at CI and BDRA Director. "The growth of the Biodiversity Award reflects the relevance and the increasing importance of the environmental topics covered by the media."
As in previous years, the judging process took place almost exclusively online through the BDRA Website. For more information you may access www. biodiversityreporting.org.
The Virginia W. Cabot Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the JRS Dryfoos Charitable Trust support the initiatives of CI's Global Communications Division.
(CI) applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems. With headquarters in Washington, DC, CI works in more than 40 countries on four continents. For more information about CI's programs, visit www.conservation.org.