Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Finalists for the 2nd ACCER Awards announced in Nairobi

 By Isaiah Esipisu

Finalists for the 2014 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting (ACCER) Awards were announced on the June 5, the World Environment Day at a colorful event in Nairobi.

Speaking during the event, Mulei Muiya, Kenya’s Director for Environment, Water and Natural Resources noted that climate change had become a huge threat, referring to the recent scary assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns of accelerated extreme events of sea level rise, drought and floods in the near future.

Angele Luh, the Regional Information Officer for Africa at UNEP and  a senior Member of the 2014 ACCER Awards Jury Team thanked the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) for coming up with the award initiative. “It will move the environmental and climate change reporting to the next level, and ensure that we have accurate and responsible reporting of such issues in Africa,” she said.

15 finalists from five different categories were announced during the event, and they will all meet in Nairobi on June 25 for a gala night, where the winners will be announced.

Apart from monitory prizes, the overall winner will be sponsored to cover the 2014 Conference of Parties (COP 20) in Peru.

Below is the list of the finalists:

1.    Arison Tamfu
2.    Greg Odogwu
3.     Bob Koigi
4.     Patrick Mayoyo
5.    Busani Bafana
6.     Wambi Michael
7.    Jacob Safari
8.     Zeynab Wandati
9.     Rose Wangui
10.  Noela Luka
11. Gabriel Adonou
12.  Didier Hubert Madafime
13. Violate Mengo  
14. Nininahazwe Diane

14.   Kofi Adu Domfeh

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