Four winners of the Investigative Environmental Media Award were honored by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature during the Jordanian Celebration for International Year of Biodiversity 2010 which was organized by Ministry of Environment on 24 May, 2010. The media award for the best investigative report on the environmental situation in the Zarqa River Basin was announced in Jordan by IUCN Regional Office for West Asia in February 2010 in cooperation with Ministry of Environment through the Zarqa River Restoration Project and funded by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and UNESCO Amman Office.
“Communicating smart environmental messages is key to instill hope and optimism in the conservation discourse. Media plays a key role in transforming new thinking and approaches to facilitate the transition to sustainability.” Odeh Al-Jayyousi, Regional Director, IUCN Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA).
Minister of Environment HE Hazem Malhas along with Minister of Education HE Ibrahim Badran and President of Jordan Press Association Abdul Wahhab Zgheilat honored the winners and participants of the media award. Winner of the first place was Najat Shana’a from Al Sabeel Daily Newspaper with a report entitled Zarqa River… a witness of governmental promises that did not save it from an environmental disaster. The second place winner was Lana Al Thaher from Al Rai Daily Newspaper with a report entitled Zarqa River… a journey of environmental pollution with no radical solution. The two journalists Ismail Hasanein and Zahi Raja from Addustour Daily Newspaper have won the third place award equally for their report which was entitled Zarqa and Russaifah … a hot spot and an environmental black mark.
Seven journalists participated in this media award; five of which were journalists from Al Rai, Al Ghad, Al Sabeel and Addustour daily newspapers, one from Creative Jordan Blog and one from Jordan TV. All journalists were evaluated by a jury of five members namely Saad Hattar an International Media Training and BBC Correspondent in Jordan, Issa Shboul from Ministry of Environment, Rania Faouri from IUCN, Batir Wardam from Zarqa River Restoration Project/Ministry of Environment and Tarek Abul Hawa from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.
This media award was a result of the Media Training for Sustainable Development which was organized by IUCN ROWA in December 2009 for Jordanian journalists in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and funded by UNESCO and AECID. IUCN ROWA is planning to capitalize on this experience through organizing more media training courses in the near future.
For more information, please contact Rania Faouri, Communications Officer, IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature – Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA): [email protected]