Cancun, México – Two journalists from Brazil and Bolivia were presented with Conservation International’s Biodiversity Reporting Award (BDRA) at an event last evening in recognition of their outstanding work in covering environmental issues and helping to raise awareness about the need to conserve the planet.
“It is an honor to recognize these journalists who have been instrumental in conveying the value of nature and the urgent need to conserve it to a key audience. Their work is particularly important given the wealth of biodiversity and natural ecosystems that their countries harbor. Brazil and Bolivia have some of the most spectacular habitats, plants and animals on Earth. Unvalued, this wealth of biodiversity is highly threatened. Communicating the precious value of nature, as they have done, builds critical public awareness and support for its conservation,” said Conservation International’s Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives and Climate Change Lead, Dr. Fred Boltz.
With the support of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ), this annual award is designed to recognize environmental journalists in countries rich in biodiversity who show great promise in reporting on the critical biodiversity, climate, and development challenges facing the planet today. In 2010, the award was held in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Madagascar and Peru.
Maria Guimarães of Brazil was awarded first prize for her report “Jardineiras Fiéis” (“Loyal Gardeners”) about the important role of ants in seed dispersal and reforestation of the Atlantic Forest. Her article was published by FAPESP scientific magazine. Bolivian journalist Miriam Jemio was awarded second prize for her report “El costo de la energía en el río Madera” (“The cost of energy in Madera River”), which shows how the building of mega dams in Bolivia and Brazil will impact the biodiversity and peoples of the Amazon region.
All articles are available at: www.biodiversityreporting.org.
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Conservation International (CI): Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity. With headquarters in Washington, DC, CI works in more than 40 countries on four continents. Visit www.conservation.org
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is an independent, nonprofit organization established in 1984 to improve the quality of journalism in nations where there is little or no tradition of independent journalism. ICFJ provides professional development programs that promote excellence in news coverage of critical community and global issues. The Center offers many fellowships and exchanges, conducts a variety of training seminars, workshops and conferences, and provides a range of consulting services. Since 1984 ICFJ has worked with some 10,000 journalists and other media professionals in more than 170 countries. www.icfj.org
The mission of the International Federation of Environmental Journalists (IFEJ) is to improve public understanding of environmental issues worldwide by supporting environmental journalists through networking, education and fostering open access to environmental information. There are currently 40 member associations affiliated with the IFEJ, representing over 6,000 individuals in over 60 countries.