10. GWP-WA and partners gather award winning journalists in Conakry

GWP West Africa together with the West and Central Africa Programme of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN / PACO) and the Regional Partnership for the Conservation of Coastal and Marine area in West Africa (PRCM) gathered the winners of the water and environment journalism award. The action took place on 25 November 2017 as a side event at the PRCM regional Forum that held from 23 to 27 November in Conakry, Guinea.

LaureatsThis is the fourth time this award is organized to reward the best print (including internet) news stories and audio (radio) programmes, on the theme " Green Economy: which opportunities for the sustainable development and resilience in West Africa?".

Two prices were under competition. The first one sponsored by GWP-WA and IUCN known as Continental water Award is for best print or radio story on sustainable development opportunities of the green economy and the second price “Marine and coastal water Award” is for best print or radio story on sustainable development opportunities of the green economy related to marine and coastal areas.

IdiatouIdiatou CAMARA of Guinea won the first price for Continental water award. She is a radio journalist working for the national radio station for 10 years. She is the CEO and founder of the web radio and site on environment and sustainable development in Guinea accessible on www.radioenvironnementgn.com. She holds a Masters’ degree in environmental law and another one in commnucation and sustainable development from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in France. She presented a 14-minute magazine entitled "L'or bleu de Guinée levier pour une croissance durable de la sous-région" (Guinea's blue gold leverage for sustainable growth in the subregion) broadcast on August 19, 2017 on www.radioenvironnementgn.com . Idiatou is one the journalist who took part in GWP trainings from 2011 to 2013. 

SaneIdrissa SANE of Senegal won the first price for the second award for his press article, entitled " Protected marine area of the Bamboung: conservation revives fishermen and ponders" published on Saturday 9 September 2017 in the newspaper Le Soleil. Idrissa SANE is an environmental journalist graduated from the Cheick Anta DIOP University Center for communication and Information Studies (CESTI). He is one the participants to the GWP-WA annual training sessions for journalists that took place between 2007 and 2013.


AlexandraThe second winning prices went to Alexandra DJOTAN who is a journalist working for the regional radio station of the national ORTB in Parakou from Benin. She won the second price for the continental water award for her 15-minute radio magazine entitled "L'économie bleue un concept révolutionnaire, la pêche une réserve d'implementation à enjeux multiples au Bénin" (Blue economy, a revolutionary concept, fishing, a reservoir for implementation with multiple stakes in Benin), broadcast on Radio Parakou on 30 August 2017. She holds a diploma in business administration and Masters in Private law.

Bah KadiKadidiatou BAH works for the rural radio of Guinea and holds a degree in information and communication. She presented a radio programme entitled "Responsible fishing in Guinea" broadcast on 30 August 2017 which won the second price for marine and coastal areas award.

 Many participants to the PRCM Forum attended the side event in addition to friends and relatives of the laureates.

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