Regional winners announced: environmental reporting awards

IUCN, Thompson Reuters Foundation and COMplus have announced the
regional winners of their international environmental reporting

The winners were selected from 418 entries from 81 countries. The ultimate winner will be announced on October 26, 2010 at the awards ceremony in Nagoya, Japan and will receive US$5,000. The awards were established in 1998 to help raise global awareness of environmental and sustainable development issues by encouraging high standards in environmental reporting worldwide.

The winners, with blurbs from the press release:

North America, Oceania and English-speaking Caribbean:

Hot, flat, crowed
– and preparing for the worst
by Mason Inman for Science magazine,  “discusses the problems that Bangladesh faces as
“nature’s laboratory for natural disasters” and the climate change
adaption strategies the country is developing to combat them.”

Asia and Middle East:

How an Amazonian tribe is mastering the modern
by Juliane von Mittelstaedt for Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper “reveals how an Amazonian tribe is combining the two worlds of technology and tradition to revive and protect their forest home.”

English-speaking Africa:

Carbon trading: How to save a forest by Anjali Nayar for Nature News ( looks at how a REDD project in the forests of Madagascar will enable wealthy countries to meet their emission targets, whilst the money generated will provide locals with food and livelihoods so that the forest can be saved.

French-speaking Africa:

De l’or massif au bout des excréta humains (Where there’s muck there’s money) by Arzouma Kiéma for H20 Info (A specialist water resources, sanitation and hygiene related quarterly) “explores the environmental and economic benefits of recycling human waste as agricultural fertilizer in Burkina Faso.”

Latin America and Spanish-speaking Caribbean:

Más vida en el desierto (Bringing more life to the desert) by Erick Falcon for Mexican weekly Revista Día Siete looks at the use of aquaonics (combining hydroponics with aquaculture) to sustainably cultivate food in Mexico’s cities.