Announcement: Winners of the ICIMOD Competition ‘Media Reports on Climate Change in the Himalayas’


The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is pleased to announce the results of the competition for journalists for articles with a theme related to climate change in the Himalayas. The competition was organised by ICIMOD from 24 September to 15 December 2009. The aim was to capture published media reports and to encourage journalists to write on mountain, and especially Himalayan, issues. The competition was open to written articles and reports first published in a printed or online publication between 01 August and 07 December 2009 (the start of ‘COP 15’ in Copenhagen). The judging criteria were based on composition, content, originality, and overall effectiveness in conveying the message.

International Category

Winner: Anjali Derryn Nayar

Title: When the ice melts
Published in Nature Journal on 22 October 2009

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Anjali Nayar is an IDRC fellow at Nature Magazine. She covers developing country science and climate change. Before Nature, Anjali worked as a reporter and videographer for Reuters, the BBC and CBC. Anjali holds an MSc from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, USA, and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from Oxford University in Oxford, UK. She did her Master's thesis at Oxford on the use of remote sensing of climatic indicators to predict fluctuations in malaria in African urban centres. In her spare time, Anjali enjoys anything that lets her get out of the office and into the great outdoors.

Runner Up: Laurie Anne MacGregor
Country: United Kingdom

Title: Moderelvenes død - Death of a mother river
Published in Folkevett magazine on 26 October  2009

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British-born journalist Laurie MacGregor began her career with the Guardian newspaper’s Berlin bureau in Germany. She then moved to BBC News in Berlin where she worked as a television and radio producer. Laurie is currently taking 18 months’ sabbatical from her regular job as communications officer for a Norwegian NGO to participate in a journalist exchange scheme between Norwegian magazine Folkevett and the Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists in Kathmandu. The exchange is organised by Fredskorpset and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In Kathmandu, Laurie is part of the team that makes Aakhijyal, a weekly nature programme that airs on Nepal TV1, and writes regular reports for Folkevett, including the story Moderelvenes død – Death of a Mother River ahead of the COP 15 conference in Copenhagen 2009. 

Regional Category

Winner: Farrukh Ahmed Chishtie
Country: Pakistan

Title: Glacier flooding: A renewed threat
Published in Subh-e-Nau Monthly on 5 November 2009

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Farrukh Chishtie studies and actively writes on environment and public health issues related to Pakistan, as well as those that are of international concern. His interest in the Himalayas and its majestic mountains stems from a deep appreciation for their beauty and life giving qualities. With climate change acutely affecting the lives of populations in this region, his articles range from disaster management due to flooding to proper water management in the country. He holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Education from the same institution. His current and relevant research areas include environmental, science, and mathematics education, disaster management, and climate science. 

Runner Up: Ramesh Prasad Bhushal
Country: Nepal
Title: Cash on forest to fight climate change and earn foreign exchange
Published in The Himalayan Times on 17 September 2009
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Ramesh Prasad Bhushal holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, with a specialisation in Mountain Environment. He has been working as an environmental reporter for 'The Himalayan Times', one of the leading English dailies in Nepal. Before this, he worked for the radio network 'Ujyaalo 90 Network' for more than two years as a reporter/programme producer and has worked for other radio stations since 2004. With more than half a decade of experience in environmental journalism, he focuses his reporting mainly on forest, wildlife, climate change, water resources, and mountain environment. He has also conducted academic scientific research related to the environment, including his master’s dissertation on ‘Carbon stock estimation of Shivapuri National Park forest'.

Outstanding Regional Young Journalist Award

Winner: Smriti Felicitas Mallapaty
Country: Nepal

Title: Glaciers take the heat
Published in Himal Southasian October-November issue 2009

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Smriti Felicitas Mallapaty is a freelance journalist with an interest in environmental and health issues. She hopes to learn more about environmental urban development through her writing, and possibly a graduate degree, to eventually work on related projects in Kathmandu. After graduating from Brown University, USA, in 2007, Smriti spent a year in Brussels working at the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM), the British Council, and as a freelance language teacher. Since returning to Kathmandu in late 2008, she has been working as assistant editor (web) at the monthly magazine Himal Southasian.

Special Mentions

Mahfujur Rahman
Country: Bangladesh

Title: Climate change impact on extended Hindu Kush-Himalayan region
Published in The Daily Star on 7 November 2009

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Born in 1982, Mahfujur Rahman graduated in Environmental Sciences from Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he founded the Bangladesh Scientific Association of Students (BSAS) in December 2005 with some friends, and is now working as a Research Officer at the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS). Mr Rahman won the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Media Award in 2008 and took part in the Young Entrepreneur Competition 2008, where his team was among the last 30 from more than 300. He gives talks on population and environment for Bangladesh Betar (Radio Bangladesh) and writes in the environment page of ‘The Daily Star’. His mission is to promote science for economic development, protect the environment, and mitigate racial, religious and ideological conflicts. He is indebted to his father (died on 30.04.2009) for passing on the knowledge and wisdom he achieved throughout his life.

Joydeep Gupta
Country: India

Title: From a receding glacier, an SOS to the world
Published in Indo-Asian News Service on 22 September 2009

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An Associate Editor with Indo-Asian News Service, Joydeep Gupta writes on climate change, renewable energy, biodiversity, water scarcity, pollution , and similar topics. He has covered the Bhopal gas leak disaster, the 1992 Earth Summit, and climate summits in Bali, Poznan, and Copenhagen. He has carried out fieldwork in the Himalayas, Sundarbans, Rajasthan, and other parts of India. He has a Masters in Environmental Economics and Environmental Management and has edited books on biodiversity loss and biodiversity conservation. He was in India’s Project Tiger Governing Council and co-authored its National Biodiversity Action Plan. He co-authored a study on green technology transfer for UNCTAD and on water pollution from steel factories for the Confederation of Indian Industry. He is Secretary of the Forum of Environmental Journalists in India.

Congratulations to all the winners!