Africa environmental reporting competition launched in Dakar

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By Sanna Camara, Dakar

The Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), has on Tuesday, February 11th, launched the second edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) awards in Dakar.

At its African civil society strategic meeting on post Warsaw, and post-2015 climate change negotiations underway in Dakar, the organisers use the opportunity to announce the 2014 edition of the reporting competition for African journalists.

Samso Samuel Ogallah, Programme Manager of the alliance told delegates from 40 African countries that the objective of the wards, which started in 2013, is promote the reporting of environmental and climate change issues in the media, as these impact the lives of the African people directly in diverse ways.

Mithika Mwenda, Secretary General of PACJA said he is happy to preside over the launching of the second edition of the ACCER awards. He was joined by PACJA partners Oxfam, and executive members of the network of African civil society campaigners for justice in the global climate change negotiations,  as he formally did the launching, amidst cheers from the gathering.

“Winners of the different categories of the awards last year each went home with cash prizes ranging from US$1,000 and gadgets like iPad mini computers. The overall winner had an additional return ticket to Warsaw climate change summit,” he announced.

Second Runner Up winner of last year’s award, Kofi Adu Domfeh, a broadcast journalist from Multimedia Group Ltd., Ghana, also joined them in the launching. The delegates were shown a 5 minutes video documentary of the maiden awards ceremony which took place in Kenya, just before the launching.

As the video winds up, delegates filled the hall with a standing ovation. Mr. Mwenda send a note of encouragement to all genre of journalists to take part in the competition as more partners and award packages re expected this year.

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