Africa climate change and environmental reporting awards (ACCER) 2016

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BBC Africa Journalists visit to Nyando climate-smart villages

Photo: V. Atakos (CCAFS)

The third edition of the African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting Awards (ACCER 2016) has been launched. The competition aims to recognize and reward excellence in environmental journalism at all levels of society.

Over a period of seven weeks, (8th March – 26th April 2016) citizen as well as professional journalists and other media practitioners from across Africa may submit entries demonstrating how their work has practically enhanced access to environmental information, built climate change resilience or changed the way societies “do business.” After the online submission process, finalists will be announced at the sidelines of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (23rd – 27th May) and enrolled in an intensive training program, the ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA).

ACCER Awards are open to citizen or professional journalists working in any medium, and will recognize excellence in the following categories:
  • Environmental Journalist of the Year
  • Emerging Young Journalist
  • Photographer of the Year
  • ACCER Blogger
  • Documentary of the Year
  • Environmental story of the year
  • Francophone Journalist of the Year
  • Unique angle of the year

An independent judging panel of eminent professionals with backgrounds in: Journalism, Environmental Science, Academia and Climate Change Research and Advocacy will choose finalists for each of the categories. The winners will be unveiled at the gala night on the eve of the World Environment Day (June 5, 2016). The entire process will be audited to ensure it is fair and transparent.

Wanjohi Kabukuru, one of the ACCER Awards 2016 judges said that environmental journalists have what it takes to move environmental stories from the back and feature pages to the front page. “This can be achieved by sourcing stories deeply as environmental stories touch on other issues such as economic, health and politics”. He added.

The ACCER awards are coordinated and implemented by Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) with support from a number of partners among them the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Christian Aid, the Government of Sweden, and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) among others.


For more information, visit the awards website: or contact
Malowa Oduol – +254 721 818 015
Muthoni – +254 720 95 88 15

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