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
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.
Notes for editors:
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.